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L-com Launches New Series of IP68-Rated Connectors

IRVINE, CA, July 30, 2020 – L-com, an Infinite Electronics brand and a preferred manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, has launched a new series of IP68-rated connectors, adapters and couplers to address high-speed voice, video and data networking applications in areas where extreme environmental conditions are present.

L-com’s new IP68-rated fiber interconnects were designed to stand up to extreme environments while providing high throughput network connectivity. The new line of ruggedized IP68 fiber connectors include multimode and single-mode MPO 12 and 24 connectors with various size crimp options, and IP68-rated SC fiber connectors that support multimode and single-mode applications.

In addition to the new IP68 connector series, L-com also offers a wide selection of IP68 adapters, couplers and dust caps that mate with the new connectors. Options include bulkhead as well as inline-style adapters and couplers.

“These new IP68-rated fiber connectors, adapters and couplers were designed to stand up to the most demanding environments while offering optimal network performance. They are perfect for use in industrial networking applications involving fiber where exposure to chemicals, physical stress and extreme environments are prevalent,” said Paul Hospodar, product line manager.

L-com’s new IP68-rated connectorsadapters, couplers and dust caps are in-stock and available for immediate shipment.

About L-com

L-com, a leading manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, offers a wide range of solutions and unrivaled customer service for the electronics and data communications industries. The company’s product portfolio includes cable assemblies, connectors, adapters, antennas, enclosures, surge protectors and more. L-com is headquartered in North Andover, Mass., is ISO 9001: 2015 certified and many of its products are UL recognized. L-com is an Infinite Electronics brand.

About Infinite Electronics

Based in Irvine, CA, Infinite Electronics offers a broad range of components, assemblies and wired/wireless connectivity solutions, serving the aerospace/defense, industrial, government, consumer electronics, instrumentation, medical and telecommunications markets. Infinite’s brands include Pasternack, Fairview Microwave, L-com, MilesTek, Aiconics, KP Performance Antennas, PolyPhaser, Transtector, RadioWaves, ShowMeCables, INC-Installs and Integra Optics. Infinite Electronics serves a global engineering customer base with deep technical expertise and support, with one of the broadest inventories of products available for immediate shipment.

Zuken Announces eCADSTAR Release 2020

BRISTOL, UK, and WESTFORD, MA, July 29, 2020 – Zuken announces the availability of eCADSTAR release 2020. With the new release, available configurations of Zuken’s new internet connected PCB design platform, eCADSTAR, have been extended to include new modules for signal integrity, power integrity and IBIS-AMI simulation.

New modules for Signal Integrity, Power Integrity, and IBIS-AMI modules extend eCADSTAR’s connected design capabilities with powerful analysis capabilities

The new modules eCADSTAR Signal Integrity, eCADSTAR Signal Integrity Advanced, eCADSTAR Power Integrity and eCADSTAR IBIS-AMI complement eCADSTAR’s connected PCB design capabilities with powerful analysis tools, such as embedded signal integrity simulation in eCADSTAR Schematic and PCB Editors for pre- and post-layout simulation.

The results of EMI analyses can be displayed directly in the eCADSTAR PCB Editor as a heatmap.

All analysis tools are tightly integrated with eCADSTAR’s comprehensive PCB constraint management and optimization functionality. Results are displayed in a common Analysis Result Viewer within the eCADSTAR design environment. Heatmaps can also be displayed directly within the eCADSTAR PCB editor from the Power Integrity application.

Voltage and current distribution can be displayed as a heatmap in the eCADSTAR PCB Editor.

“As products become more complex and faster, analysis becomes a key part of the design process to ensure correct operation. High-speed components and interfaces are at the heart of today’s smart and internet-connected products, and they demand advanced pre- and post-layout analysis for correct operability,” says Markus Bücker, development manager, Zuken EMC Technology Center, Paderborn. “eCADSTAR delivers those capabilities in an easy to use embedded environment so that both engineers and PCB designers can deliver exceptional high-speed design quality first time right based on Zuken’s proven technology.”

Signal Integrity

With eCADSTAR Signal Integrity, engineers can plan and check signal integrity throughout the Schematic and PCB layout process. eCADSTAR Signal Integrity Advanced comprises TDR analysis as well as S-Parameter analysis. Simulations can be initiated from eCADSTAR’s Constraint Browser, Electrical Editor, or directly from the eCADSTAR PCB Editor. The simulation Results Viewer is available throughout the eCADSTAR design flow with a consistent user interface. Signal integrity simulation not only makes sure that high-speed signals arrive in good shape: A board with good signal integrity is more resistant to external noise and less likely to consume excess power.

Power Integrity and EMI

Using the eCADSTAR Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) analysis capabilities, engineers can identify the most significant EMI contributors on the board, including differential-mode EMI, common-mode EMI, and power bus noise. If these parameters are optimized during board layout, the electric interference of a design can be kept as low as possible.

With eCADSTAR’s Power Integrity tools, engineers can check AC behavior of the Power Delivery Network (PDN) and ensure DC continuity from power sources to component power inputs and then back where it came from. DC analysis results include current- and voltage distributions across the supply system, pin-to-pin resistance analysis, IR-drop analysis for all supply pins, and identifies current stressed Vias within the supply path.

At really high speeds, waveforms are not enough. Key parameters have to be quantified, as well as verifying the eye opening, BER estimation and bath-tub curves.

IBIS-AMI

AMI analysis goes beyond traditional waveform simulation. AMI simulation is most valuable when transceivers include features that cannot be modeled by analog electrical descriptions alone. A traditional IBIS model is an electrical description of buffer driving and receiving characteristics, not including any DSP behavior like that present in PCI Express Gen3 onwards or DDR5. AMI models include this behavior, so engineers can adjust parameters to optimize I/O channels for maximum performance. As with other kinds of simulation, AMI models become even more valuable when you push density and speed envelopes and ultra-high-speed Serializer/Deserializer (SerDes) circuits are closely packed with other parts of your designs. The analysis results will be displayed as an eye diagram and a bathtub curve to check BER (Bit Error Rate) compliance.

Configurations and pricing

With modular bundles and optional modules, eCADSTAR can be configured to fit individual needs. eCADSTAR promotional pricing starts at under 2000 GBP / 2200 EUR / 2500 USD. Initially eCADSTAR SI, PI, and IBIS-AMI options will be available at a discount of up to 50%

About eCADSTAR

eCADSTAR provides a fully managed 2D/3D design process in a modern connected environment with a common user interface and centralized library that exists at the heart of schematic and PCB editors. Design constraints can be defined in the schematic and propagated through to the PCB layout and analyzed. eCADSTAR helps ensure that engineers and PCB designers achieve top-class high-speed design the first time.

To learn more, or to request an evaluation, please visit www.ecadstar.com.

About Zuken

Zuken is a global provider of leading-edge software and consulting services for electrical and electronic engineering and design for manufacture. Founded in 1976, Zuken has the longest track record of technological innovation and financial stability in the electronic and electrical design automation (EDA) software industry. The company’s extensive experience, technological expertise, and agility combine to create world-class software solutions.

For more information about the company and its products, visit www.zuken.com and blog.zuken.com.

Samtec Partners with SnapEDA, Announces 200K+ Symbols

NEW ALBANY, IN and SAN FRANCISCO, CA, July 29, 2020 – Samtec, a global manufacturer of interconnect solutions, is announcing that it now has over 200,000 symbols & footprints for its products to accelerate the design process for engineers.

Engineers spend days creating digital models for each component on their circuit boards, such as symbols and footprints. Samtec and SnapEDA have teamed up to make these models readily available to engineers, because they both believe that engineers deserve the best in terms of ease-of-use, quality, and convenience.

In the second quarter of 2020, SnapEDA created over 120,000 new Samtec connector models, including high-speed and micro-pitch board-to-board, edge card, and rugged connectors. With these new connector models, engineers can now easily discover, and design-in Samtec products.

“Samtec is an inspiration when it comes to their dedication to the customer experience. Whether it’s their 24-hour free sample program, or their endless pursuit to expand the availability of design resources for their products, Samtec is truly world-class. These new models are yet another example of that dedication to their customers,” said Natasha Baker, CEO and Founder of SnapEDA, based in San Francisco, CA.

Connector models are highly sought-after by engineers, because they are incredibly time-consuming for which to create models. This is due to their non-standard bodies, custom solder stencils, fine pitches, irregular pad shapes, and cutouts. Accordingly, connectors are the third most popular category of components on SnapEDA.

“SnapEDA’s commitment to quality, innovation, and ease of doing business has made them a great partner for Samtec as well as our partners in the digital channel. They’ve enabled us to better serve our customers by offering quick and immediate access to hundreds of thousands of our most popular parts,” said Ashley Quinlan, strategic marketing director at Samtec.

All models can be downloaded from Samtec’s website. They are also available on SnapEDA, as well as through over a dozen of its collaborators including Digi-Key and Mouser.

Formats supported include Cadence OrCad, Allegro, Altium, Autodesk Eagle, Mentor PADS, KiCad, PCB123, and Proteus.

These new, high-quality models were created by SnapEDA’s Component Engineering team using proprietary, patented technology. They include accurate assembly, silkscreen, and contoured courtyards, and follow Samtec’s recommended PCB layouts and stencil patterns. Through-hole pads follow IPC-2221 standards using nominal drill hole sizes.

About Samtec 

Founded in 1976 and headquartered in New Albany, IN, Samtec, Inc. is a privately held, debt-free $822 million global manufacturer of a broad line of electronic interconnect solutions, including IC-to-Board/Ultra Micro, High-Speed Board-to-Board, High-Speed Cables, Future-Proof/Active Optics, Flexible Stacking, and Micro/Rugged components and cables. Samtec is preferred by design engineers for cutting edge technology and being so easy with which to work. Connectors and cable assemblies are provided with the ultimate in design flexibility including many options in pin count, rows, heights, plating, packaging, wire gauge, ruggedizing features, and more – all offered as standard so that you can get exactly what you need for your application within budget. Samtec’s willingness to do custom design, typical build-to-order lead times of 5 days or less, free samples, and eCAD and mCAD model downloads in over 150 different formats all contribute the “sudden service” for which Samtec is known. 

About SnapEDA

SnapEDA is the first search engine for electronics design. By providing ready-to-use building blocks for circuit board design via their website and plug-ins for PCB design tools, they shave days off product development, so that designers can focus on product optimization and innovation. Over a million engineers use SnapEDA each year, making everything from medical devices, to electric airplanes. SnapEDA is funded by Y Combinator and private investors.

Learn more at www.snapeda.com.

L-com Introduces USB 3.0 Right-Angle Type-C Assemblies

IRVINE, CA, July 22, 2020 – L-com, a preferred manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, announced today that it has launched a new line of USB 3.0 right-angle type-C assemblies that are ideal for data storage and acquisition, test and measurement, video transfer or cameras, portable data storage, and gaming hardware and interfaces.

L-com’s newest USB 3.0 assemblies feature an angled, 90°, type-C male connector on one end, and either a straight, type-A male or 90°, right-angle, type-A male plug on the other end. Since USB type-C has no set orientation, these new angled C cables can serve as both left and right or up and down angles. This eliminates the need for separate cables for each version angle as you can simply flip the cable from left to right or up to down. These assemblies are USB 3.0-compliant and feature 30-micro-inch gold-plated contacts that provide a reliable connection with repeated mating cycles. These cable assemblies are constructed with molded back shells for durability and increased strength at cable entry point for solving difficult connection problems in tight spaces. Plus, UL-style 2725 PVC jackets with 26 AWG power conductors deliver excellent power transfer capability.

“These new cable assemblies are perfect for high speed data transfer in tight spaces, while creating neat and organized cable runs. They have durable, molded, angled ends that save space and reduce stress on connector heads, strain reliefs and connecting ports,” said Dustin Guttadauro, product line manager.

L-com’s new USB 3.0 right-angle type-C cable assemblies are in stock and available for immediate shipment.

About L-com

L-com, a leading manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, offers a wide range of solutions and unrivaled customer service for the electronics and data communications industries. The company’s product portfolio includes cable assemblies, connectors, adapters, antennas, enclosures, surge protectors and more. L-com is headquartered in North Andover, Mass., is ISO 9001: 2015 certified and many of its products are UL recognized. L-com is an Infinite Electronics brand.

About Infinite Electronics

Based in Irvine, CA, Infinite Electronics offers a broad range of components, assemblies and wired/wireless connectivity solutions, serving the aerospace/defense, industrial, government, consumer electronics, instrumentation, medical and telecommunications markets. Infinite’s brands include Pasternack, Fairview Microwave, L-com, MilesTek, Aiconics, KP Performance Antennas, PolyPhaser, Transtector, RadioWaves, ShowMeCables, INC-Installs and Integra Optics. Infinite Electronics serves a global engineering customer base with deep technical expertise and support, with one of the broadest inventories of products available for immediate shipment.

L-com Launches USB 3.0 Cables with Ferrite Beads

IRVINE, CA, July 16, 2020 – L-com, a preferred manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, announced that it has released a new series of USB 3.0 cable assemblies with ferrite beads. Ferrite beads prevent interference from a connected device or to a connected device and help to reduce electromagnetic interference (EMI) from either being radiated by a cable or being received by a cable.

L-com’s new USB 3.0 compliant cables with ferrites consists of six new cable families that are all in stock and available for same-day shipping. The U3A00084, 85 and 86-series cables feature low-smoke zero-halogen (LSZH) cable jackets for use in enclosed spaces and 30/24AWG cable.

The U3A00073 and U3A00074-series cables feature blue, PVC cable jackets and 28/26/22AWG cable. The U3A00090 cables feature a molded female Type-A jack on one end of the assembly and a standard Type-A male connector on the other end along with 28/26/22AWG cable and LSZH cable jackets.

“Our new USB 3.0 cables with ferrites offer an added level of protection for your data storage, video streaming and data acquisition applications. The integrated ferrite beads help reduce EMI, ensuring optimal signal performance,” said Dustin Guttadauro, product manager.

L-com’s new USB 3.0 cable assemblies with ferrite beads are all in stock and are available for immediate shipment.

About L-com

L-com, a leading manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, offers a wide range of solutions and unrivaled customer service for the electronics and data communications industries. The company’s product portfolio includes cable assemblies, connectors, adapters, antennas, enclosures, surge protectors and more. L-com is headquartered in North Andover, Mass., is ISO 9001: 2015 certified and many of its products are UL recognized. L-com is an Infinite Electronics brand.

About Infinite Electronics

Based in Irvine, CA, Infinite Electronics offers a broad range of components, assemblies and wired/wireless connectivity solutions, serving the aerospace/defense, industrial, government, consumer electronics, instrumentation, medical and telecommunications markets. Infinite’s brands include Pasternack, Fairview Microwave, L-com, MilesTek, Aiconics, KP Performance Antennas, PolyPhaser, Transtector, RadioWaves, ShowMeCables, INC-Installs and Integra Optics. Infinite Electronics serves a global engineering customer base with deep technical expertise and support, with one of the broadest inventories of products available for immediate shipment.

L-com Partners with INC Installs

IRVINE, CA, July 8, 2020 – L-com, an Infinite Electronics brand and a preferred manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, announced that it has partnered with INC Installs to offer network installation services to its customers.

INC Installs, headquartered in Chesterfield Missouri, has developed a scalable and reliable network of thousands of trusted low-voltage cabling partners, audio-visual specialists and satellite technicians across North America to facilitate installations for a wide range of customers spanning multiple industries.

With this new partnership, L-com’s customers will benefit from INC Installs’ services since they will not have to coordinate with multiple companies, at multiple locations, with varying standards for network installation services. With a single phone call, INC Installs can define, design, deploy and manage their installation project to completion. INC’s insured network of the top installation industry professionals provide a coverage area that encompasses the US and Canada, offering a broad range of services including IT and network installs, A/V equipment maintenance, digital signage services, interactive classroom installs, videoconference installations, troubleshooting, system upgrades and more.

“In addition to offering our customers one of the widest off-the-shelf, in stock selections of high quality wired and wireless connectivity products, we can now provide our customers with a range of A/V, network and IT installation services, giving them a true one-stop-shopping experience,” said Lester Smock, director of sales and service at L-com.

“We are very excited to share our nationwide installation services with our fellow Infinite Electronics brand L-com.  We look forward to assisting their customers with all their AV/IT installation and voice/data/fiber optic wiring needs,” said Patrick Gifford, vice president of Installation Services at INC Installs.

For more information on the new partnership between L-com and INC Installs, click here.

About L-com

L-com, a leading manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, offers a wide range of solutions and unrivaled customer service for the electronics and data communications industries. The company’s product portfolio includes cable assemblies, connectors, adapters, antennas, enclosures, surge protectors and more. L-com is headquartered in North Andover, Mass., is ISO 9001: 2015 certified and many of its products are UL recognized. L-com is an Infinite Electronics brand.

About INC Installs

INC Installs (INC) is a customer-focused technology brand providing a full range of IT, voice, video and data network installation services. INC’s most popular services include low voltage cabling, demarc extensions, fiber optic installation, network repair/clean-up, AV/IT installs and coordinated IT deployments. With a network expanding throughout the US and Canada, INC provides the expertise and bandwidth to handle projects at scale. INC Installs is an Infinite Electronics brand.

About Infinite Electronics

Based in Irvine, CA, Infinite Electronics offers a broad range of components, assemblies and wired/wireless connectivity solutions, serving the aerospace/defense, industrial, government, consumer electronics, instrumentation, medical and telecommunications markets. Infinite’s brands include Pasternack, Fairview Microwave, L-com, MilesTek, Aiconics, KP Performance Antennas, PolyPhaser, Transtector, RadioWaves, ShowMeCables, INC Installs and Integra Optics. Infinite Electronics serves a global engineering customer base with deep technical expertise and support, with one of the broadest inventories of products available for immediate shipment.