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Tyco Electronics - Press Release 10-30-2007

 Tyco Electronics Expands the M/A-COM Family of High-Performance, Lightweight CablesTyco Electronics Expands the M/A-COM Family of High-Performance, Lightweight Cables for Military Airborne Applications

New Cables Offer 25-31% Weight Savings Over Traditional Cable Constructions

LOWELL, Mass. – October 30, 2007 – Tyco Electronics announced today that it has extended the M/A-COM family of high-performance, lightweight cables to include five new cable types covering a variety of outer diameter sizes and constructions. The M/A-COM FA20RXLW, FA29RXLW, FA46RXLW, FN49RXLW and FN52RLLW augment the company’s successful FN34RXLW cable line and are ideally suited for use in electronic defense, launch vehicles, commercial aviation, space/satellites and other general purpose military applications.

“We understand and appreciate that the rigorous requirements of modern airborne applications, especially the demands on high-quality cable assemblies,” said Ray Schwartz, product manager, Tyco Electronics. “The expansion of the M/A-COM family of lightweight cables assemblies is a deliberate effort to provide our customers with the most versatile and comprehensive line of high-quality components that are guaranteed to satisfy the demands of even the most demanding airborne applications.”

As outlined in the table below, each of the new cables offers a 25-31% weight savings over traditional construction with no change in VSWR (Voltage Standing Wave Radio) or insertion loss. The new assemblies can also withstand the same harsh environments as M/A-COM traditional assemblies, including altitudes from ground-level to more than 70,000 feet and temperatures variations from -55°C to +200°C. Complementing the lighter cables, all assemblies feature reduced weight and volume connectors which retain conventional ETNC, SMA and N interfaces while incorporating new materials. The new M/A-COM assemblies are also available in various outer diameters and numerous jacket materials. These products may be subject to US export compliance laws and regulations.

Application Codes Traditional Cable Weight (lb/ft) Light Weight Cable Weight (lb/ft) Savings (%)
LL, CA, G, S FA20RX 0.0389 FA20RXLW 0.0267 31.4
LL, CA, G, S FA29RX 0.093 FA31RXLW 0.0645 30.6
LL FN34RX 0.101 FN34RXLW 0.0714 29.3
LL, CA, G, S FA46RX 0.201 FA46RXLW 0.149 25.9
LL FN49RX 0.218 FN49RXLW 0.164 24.8
LL FN52RL 0.239 FN52RLLW 0.178 25.5

Pricing and Availability

Please contact Tyco Electronics’ M/A-COM products domestic and international sales channels for price and delivery quotes. Datasheets and supporting technical documents are available online at http://www.macom.com/cables.


Tyco Electronics, currently a business segment of Tyco International Ltd., is a leading global provider of engineered electronic components, network solutions and wireless systems, with 2006 sales of US$12.7 billion to customers in 150 countries. Tyco Electronics designs, manufactures and markets products for customers in industries from automotive, appliances and aerospace and defense to telecommunications, computers and consumer electronics. With over 8,000 engineers and worldwide manufacturing, sales and customer service capabilities, Tyco Electronics’ commitment is its customers’ advantage. More information on Tyco Electronics can be found at www.tycoelectronics.com.
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