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Market Update
Market Update

Critical Design Considerations and Trends Imp...

Technology advancements and material selection play an important role in the evolution of today’s innovative power, signal, hybrid, copper, and fiber optical cable designs. The trends influencing cable design todayRead More

Cable Basics
Cable Basics

Rugged Active Optical Cables: A Viable Altern...

Copper and fiber optic cable have long been the go-to options for a variety of applications, but they fall short in harsh environments. RAOCs combine the benefits of each forRead More

evolving ethernet bandwidth
Expert insights
Expert insights

Ever-Evolving Ethernet: From 10 to 400+ Gigab...

Bob Hult looks at how a commitment to backward compatibility, choice of copper and fiber optic media, and adoption of new signaling protocols have enabled Ethernet to keep pace withRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics

Cable Connectors for Ultrasound Probe Assembl...

Ultrasound equipment requires components that can deliver reliable connectivity under extremely demanding conditions, including rough use environments, harsh sterilization techniques, and repeated mating cycles. Medical connectors and cables are essentialRead More

Fiber Optic connecctors
Cable Basics
Cable Basics

Cabling Solutions for High-Noise, High-Speed,...

Twisted-pair copper cabling is great, and it’s the perfect solution to a number of applications, but as high-speed signals are required to travel longer distances with higher signal integrity, fiberRead More

Cable Basics
Cable Basics

Three Things to Consider When You Have a Need...

Copper cable beats wireless connectivity for high-speed applications, and fiber optics beats copper for the amount of data that can travel quickly. Consider connector and cable design options and testRead More

automotive CANbus
Cable Basics
Cable Basics

30 Years of Automotive CAN

In 1991, the new Mercedes S-Class debuted as an engineer’s luxury sedan with dozens of innovations, including the first automotive CANbus on a production car. What started in luxury isRead More

automotive e-mobility systems
Connector basics
Connector basics

Three Key Connectivity Trends Improving Perfo...

Innovations in connectivity component materials, wiring designs, and modularization are three key drivers that are helping to improve the productivity, efficiency, and costs of e-mobility systems.  By Shawn D’Gama, FieldRead More

Locking M12 Push-Pull Standards
Standards
Standards

A New Standard for Locking M12 Push-Pull Conn...

Specifying locking M12 push-pull connectors has become easier with the arrival of a unified standard that ensures compatibility across manufacturers. Locking M12 push-pull connectors are a common choice for industrialRead More

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WIRE/CABLE ASSEMBLIES MARKET NEWS

Comprehensive coverage of the latest news in the wire/cable assemblies market

Industry News
Industry News>

May 2021 Connector Industry News

Summary coverage of upcoming industry events, as well as recent award, partnership, promotion, personnel, facility, distribution, standards, association, and certification news from across the connector industry. May 2021 Connector IndustryRead More

Product Roundup
Product Roundup>

PCB-Mount Automotive Connectors Product Round...

This week’s Product Roundup highlights PCB-mount automotive connectors from leading suppliers. PCB-Mount Automotive Connectors JAE’s MX60A Series offers an automotive-grade waterproof connector that is ideal for engine compartment applications. ThisRead More

March 2021 connector industry news
Industry News
Industry News>

March 2021 Connector Industry News

Summary coverage of upcoming industry events, as well as recent award, partnership, promotion, personnel, facility, distribution, standards, association, and certification news from across the connector industry. March 2021 Connector IndustryRead More

new connector products
Product News
Product News>

March 2021 New Connectivity Products

Summary coverage of new-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire, cable, and cable assemblies, sensors, antennas, materials, accessories, tools, and development kits. March 2021 New Connectivity Products March 2021 New ConnectivityRead More

Product Roundup
Product Roundup>

Rectangular I/O Connectors Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights a variety of rectangular I/O connectors from leading suppliers. Rectangular I/O Connectors NorComp’s 111 Series SCSI Ribbon Connectors are rugged rectangular I/O connectors designed toRead More

hybrid cable assemblies
Product Roundup
Product Roundup>

Hybrid Cable Assemblies With Copper and Fiber...

This week’s Product Roundup highlights hybrid cable assemblies with copper and fiber conductors, as well as hybrid cable-mount connectors with both copper and fiber optic contacts. Hybrid Cable Assemblies WithRead More

Product News
Product News>

February 2021 New Connectivity Products

Summary coverage of new-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire, cable, and cable assemblies, sensors, antennas, materials, accessories, tools, and development kits. February 2021 New Connectivity Products February 2021 New ConnectivityRead More

Product Roundup
Product Roundup>

High-Speed I/O Connectors Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights high-speed I/O connectors and cable assemblies from leading suppliers. High-Speed I/O Connectors and Cable Assemblies The Ex-El Group provides professional sourcing services and managed manufacturingRead More

POF cable
Product Roundup
Product Roundup>

Plastic Optical Fiber Connectors

This week’s Product Roundup highlights plastic optical fiber connectors from leading suppliers. Plastic optical fiber (POF) cables are made from light-conducting plastics, polymers, and acrylics, are typically used for short,Read More

December 2020 New Connectivity Products
Product News
Product News>

December 2020 New Connectivity Products

Summary coverage of new-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire and cable, cable assemblies, materials, accessories, tools, development kits, sensors, and antennas. December 2020 New Connectivity Products December 2020 New ConnectivityRead More

mil-spec connector accessories
Product Roundup
Product Roundup>

Mil-Spec Connector Accessories Product Roundu...

This week’s Product Roundup highlights mil-spec connector accessories from leading suppliers. Mil-Spec Connector Accessories Amphenol Pcd offers one of the industry’s widest selections of industrial and mil-spec connector accessories forRead More

New product news
Product News
Product News>

October 2020 New Connectivity Products

Summary coverage of new-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire and cable, cable assemblies, materials, accessories, tools, development kits, and connector-adjacent technologies, such as sensors and antennas. October 2020 New ConnectivityRead More

Product News
Product News>

September 2020 New Connectivity Products II

Summary coverage of new-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire and cable, cable assemblies, materials, accessories, tools, development kits, and connector-adjacent technologies, such as sensors and antennas. September 2020 New ConnectivityRead More

ethernet connectors for mobile equipment
Product Roundup
Product Roundup>

Ethernet Connectors for Mobile Equipment Prod...

This week’s Product Roundup highlights Ethernet connectors and cable assemblies for mobile equipment extending from industrial automation systems and robotics to railways, airplanes, and off-highway vehicles. Ethernet Connectors for MobileRead More

overmolded cable assemblies
Product Roundup
Product Roundup>

Overmolded Cable Assemblies Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights overmolded cable assemblies from leading suppliers. Overmolded Cable Assemblies NorComp’s M5 Series overmolded cable assemblies are part of its VULCON range of compact circular connectorsRead More

Product News
Product News>

September 2020 New Connectivity Products

Summary coverage of new-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire and cable, cable assemblies, materials, accessories, tools, development kits, and connector-adjacent technologies, such as sensors and antennas. Supplier names are generallyRead More

Product Roundup
Product Roundup>

IP68 Medical Connectors Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights IP68 medical connectors and cable assemblies from leading suppliers. IP68 Medical Connectors Fischer Connectors’ Fischer Core Series Brass offers an extremely versatile range of high-reliabilityRead More

August 2020 Connector Industry News
Industry News
Industry News>

August 2020 Connector Industry News

Summary coverage of upcoming industry events, as well as recent award, partnership, promotion, personnel, facility, distribution, standards, association, and certification news from across the connector industry. August 2020 Connector IndustryRead More

WIRE/CABLE ASSEMBLIES REFERENCE LIBRARY

Next-gen wire and cable assembly technologies, design resources, specification tips, and application guides

2020 Innovation ebook
eBook
eBook>

2020 Interconnect Innovations eBook

In this eBook, 29 suppliers with decades of proven experience developing innovative interconnect solutions share in-depth engineering insights and product highlights for our increasingly interconnected world. The articles and productsRead More

Standards
Standards>

Direct Power Transmission: Did Edison Get it ...

The battle between AC and DC power may be fought all over again as rising demand for power and new technologies converge, bringing attention to direct current’s technical and economicRead More

Cable Basics
Cable Basics>

Sensor Technologies Depend on Special Sensor ...

Although often taken for granted, cable is a critical enabling technology. As connected and smart devices multiply, so does the need for the specialized cables that connect the many typesRead More

Market Update
Market Update>

As Demand for Cable Grows, Cable Management S...

Growing volumes of cable and wire in electronic systems have created a need to create order through cable management accessories such as clips, clamps, tubing, braiding, trays, or more complexRead More

SPE Connectors
Standards
Standards>

Single-Pair Ethernet Helps Industrial Designe...

These simplified, yet powerful SPE connectors will help integrate equipment and buildings into a powerful, data-rich Industrial Internet of Things. The standardization of single-pair Ethernet (SPE) in 2019 enabled designersRead More

copper cable connectivity
Cable Basics
Cable Basics>

Top 12 Trends: Copper to Optical Connectivity...

This is the fifth installment in a series of articles that address leading technology trends that have had a significant impact on the electronic connector industry over the past 20Read More

data rates and signals
Cable Basics
Cable Basics>

A High-Speed Connectivity Solution for Achiev...

System architects are using over-the-board technologies to extend signal reach and density and achieve high-speed data rates by routing signals through ultra-low-skew twinax cable instead of through expensive, lossy PCBs. Read More

New technology
New technology>

New Power Shelf Connector Will Advance Cloud ...

The Open Rack V3 Power Shelf Input Connector will advance power management strategies as cloud computing continues to grow. As global demand for computing power escalates, connector companies are findingRead More

Ethernet cable connections
How to Specify
How to Specify>

Five Common Solutions for Connecting Two Indu...

How do you connect two Ethernet cables to each other while maintaining environmental ratings, signal integrity, and data speeds? We examine the capabilities, pros, and cons of five common solutions.Read More

battlefield combat
New technology
New technology>

New Combat Systems Set to Conquer the Future ...

New battlefield strategies that network dismounted soldiers for “any-sensor, any-shooter” tactics are driving technological changes in digital gear enabled in part by advanced interconnects. By Matt McAlonis, Engineering Fellow, AerospaceRead More

automotive ethernet
Connector basics
Connector basics>

Growing Demand for Data is Fueling the Automo...

The connected vehicle brings freedoms for drivers and passengers but takes a toll on in-vehicle network design and performance. A new Ethernet standard enables lighter, more powerful systems. The oldRead More

MIPI A-PHY
Standards
Standards>

MIPI A-PHY Automotive Interface Helps Integra...

As automotive applications expand to include complex sensor, camera, and infotainment capabilities, a more powerful, design-friendly connectivity specification will help manage the required power and data. As the connected carRead More

rugged connectors
How to Specify
How to Specify>

Eight Steps to Determine the Right Rugged Con...

Designing for harsh-environment connectivity elicits a number of challenges. This guide will help you ask the right questions to determine the proper rugged connectors for your demanding application. Rugged connectorsRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

High-Tech e-Bikes Become the Perfect Alternat...

Innovations from the electric vehicle world, like refined battery systems, sensor-rich technologies, and data gathering capabilities, have helped electric bicycle sales boom in 2020. Electric bicycle manufacturers expected 2020 toRead More

TE Connectivity optical connector
Connector basics
Connector basics>

Five Factors to Consider When Selecting Rugge...

Rugged fiber optic connectors are available in a range of sizes, form factors, densities, termini, cabling options, and more. Evaluate your project goals and operating environment to narrow down theRead More

2020 Datacom eBook
eBook
eBook>

2020 Data Connectivity eBook

In our new 2020 Data Connectivity eBook, more than 25 connector suppliers with proven experience developing and deploying high-speed, high-bandwidth, and high-signal-integrity components share their unique perspectives on the bestRead More

coaxial cable
Cable Basics
Cable Basics>

Testing Microwave Coaxial Cable Assemblies fo...

A comprehensive test regimen can help determine the suitability of microwave coaxial cable assemblies for the final frontier. By Aidan Doran, Senior Product Manager, Space, and John Lewis, Director ofRead More

wiring harnesses
Standards
Standards>

Standards Help Ensure Peak Performance for Wi...

IPC/WHMA-A-620 updates manufacturing requirements for cable and wire harness assemblies to ensure performance as cross-market demand for these specialty components increases. Cable assemblies and wire harnesses are complex, multipart systems comprisedRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

Over-the-Board Technologies Raise High-Speed ...

Copper will reach its limits, but connector companies are pushing that day into the future with an exciting array of connectivity products that fly, jump, and pass over the boardRead More

Cable Basics
Cable Basics>

Patch Cables Go the (Shorter) Distance

Adding a patch cable, patch cord, or jumper solution gives designers greater flexibility in system design. Patch cables are relatively simple connectivity devices: They consist of a length of cableRead More

leadwire
Cable Basics
Cable Basics>

COVID-19 Pandemic Drives Demand for Disposabl...

Disposable, single-patient-use electrocardiograph cables and leadwires help keep patients safe by eliminating cross-contamination, which is always a critical concern in medicine but now more than ever. Since reusable electrocardiograph (ECG)Read More

New technology
New technology>

OFC 2020 Resists the Coronavirus

The 2020 Optical Fiber Communications Conference & Exhibition celebrated 50 years of optical connectivity with a combination of exhibits on the show floor and remote presentations. The 2020 Optical FiberRead More

Ethernet
Standards
Standards>

40 Years of the IEEE 802 Ethernet Standard

A unified standard for Ethernet networks developed four decades ago still serves as the foundation of today’s incredible connectivity.  In 1973, engineer Bob Metcalfe proposed a simple but revolutionary method to connect computers in local area networks (LANs) using coaxial cable andRead More

industrial ethernet
How to Specify
How to Specify>

Protecting Ethernet Connections in Industrial...

As Industrial Ethernet brings network connections into harsh environments, it’s essential to protect connectivity products from rugged conditions.  The proliferation of digital information, the Internet of Things, and Ethernet intoRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

Top 12 Trends for Universal Serial Bus Connec...

This second article in the new Technology Trends Series by Bob Hult examines the trends and technologies that have shaped USB connectors over the past 20 years. The last 20Read More

AV Broadcast
Connector basics
Connector basics>

Broadcast Connectors and Cables Bring Viewers...

Audiovisual equipment is integrating with increasingly sophisticated signal equipment to support 8K video and even machine learning. Things have changed dramatically since the days when long delays and grainy imagesRead More

oil and gas industry sensors
New technology
New technology>

Connected Solutions Drive Change in the Oil a...

Digitization is transforming the oil and gas industry. Starting with the equipment used in oil exploration and drilling and extending to automation, remote monitoring, data security, and logistics, connected systemsRead More

eBook
eBook>

2020 Harsh-Environment Connectivity eBook

Our new 2020 Harsh-Environment Connectivity eBook features 16 technical, tutorial articles by leading interconnect authorities that address new challenges for electronics exposed to extreme environments, new connectivity technologies developed toRead More

Wire Basics
Wire Basics>

Wire Connections Then and Now

Electrical splicing connections have constantly changed over the last 130 years as engineers and manufacturers innovate to ensure safe, secure, and reliable wire and cable connections. In the early daysRead More

fiber optic connector systems
Connector basics
Connector basics>

Fiber Optics Move into Military Backplanes

The recent Embedded Tech Trends conference highlighted a trend: Boards and subsystems for military applications are increasingly employing optical cable. Fiber optic technology is continuing its push into high-end militaryRead More

TEMPEST secure network cabling
Cable Basics
Cable Basics>

Shielded, Twisted-Pair Cable Assemblies Provi...

Fiber optic, shielded copper, and foil-shielded, unshielded-twisted-pair (UTP) cables are among the hardware solutions implemented to meet stringent data security networking protocols. Critical computer networks dedicated to the storage andRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

Connectors Get Tough for Industrial Robots an...

As more robots and other connected devices join the factory floor, the challenge is to protect sensitive electronics from dirt, debris, vibration, and other barriers to performance. As the IndustrialRead More

New technology
New technology>

DesignCon 2020 Dazzles With New High-Speed Pr...

The DesignCon conference and expo celebrated its 25th anniversary with an array of impressive high-speed developments. DesignCon 2020 celebrated its 25th anniversary with an impressive program of keynote speakers, tutorials,Read More

New technology
New technology>

High-Speed Fiber Cable Assemblies for the 5G ...

Active optical cables are key components in the high-speed systems needed to handle the exponential increase in data traffic that will come with 5G. Connector companies are helping data centersRead More

Industry News
Industry News>

Strategic Acquisitions Continued in the Conne...

Connector-adjacent technologies were the key focus of many 2019 acquisitions as companies expanded to a whole-ecosystem approach. Once again, Amphenol led the industry in acquisitions, completing more acquisitions than anyRead More

New technology
New technology>

The 5G Revolution is Coming…Slowly

Years of hype have brought us to the year 5G was supposed to go big. But we’ll have to be patient to see it make an impact. The hype aboutRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

Cable Connectors for Ultrasound Probe Assembl...

Ultrasound equipment requires components that can deliver reliable connectivity under extremely demanding conditions, including rough use environments, harsh sterilization techniques, and repeated mating cycles. Medical connectors and cables are essentialRead More

Remke Industries Cord Grips
Connector basics
Connector basics>

Five Things to Consider When Specifying Custo...

Customized cord grips meet unique application challenges and provide additional benefits including easier installation, reduced maintenance, and higher reliability. Cord grips provide the means for passing cord or cable intoRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

Medical Devices and Instruments Put the Squee...

Rapidly evolving medical technologies are increasing demand for small, lightweight, high-density connectors that can handle high signal speeds, endure frequent mating cycles and sterilization, and play well with sensors. ConnectorsRead More

cooling strategies
Connector basics
Connector basics>

Cooling Strategies for Data Centers

Increased data volumes and high-speed switching requirements are pushing manufacturers to get creative when it comes to thermal cooling strategies. The proliferation of streaming services, social media, digital automation, andRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

How to Specify Heavy-Duty Connectors and Cabl...

Designing and specifying cable assemblies for use in harsh environments presents a number of challenges. Industrial equipment can be subjected to harsh conditions, such as high temperatures, water, high humidity,Read More

Cable Basics
Cable Basics>

Too Hot to Handle: Protecting Wire and Cables...

Fire poses real risks to sensitive electronics in data centers, building structures, vehicles, and other high-density electronics applications, especially as our reliance on connectivity continues to grow. New materials designedRead More

Market Update
Market Update>

Electric Vehicles Reach a Fork in the Road

Sales of electric vehicles are growing, but still account for only 2.1% of new car sales worldwide. What does the industry need to address to reach a tipping point forRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

Six Specification Considerations for Medical ...

As medical equipment continues to scale down in size and up in connectivity and capabilities, new materials, device designs, and industry standards combine to create innovative medical connectivity components thatRead More

New technology
New technology>

The Internet of Battlefield Things is Changin...

Interconnects directly contribute to the size, weight, reliability, ruggedness, and overall performance of modern military equipment, which is increasingly interconnected via the Internet of Battlefield Things or IoBT. As AdmiralRead More

New technology
New technology>

Automotive Wiring Undergoes an Architectural ...

The electronic content in cars has exponentially expanded, leading to more than 150 pounds of wiring in a single vehicle, all assembled by hand — for now. As vehicles increaseRead More

New technology
New technology>

NBASE-T Technologies are Changing Enterprise ...

Magnetics play an important role in Ethernet-based local area network (LAN) designs, and especially so as network infrastructure evolves to handle NBASE-T technologies. Integrated connector modules (ICMs) offer ideal solutionsRead More

Standards
Standards>

Open19 Simplifies Data Center Installations

The Open19 Foundation has developed a server design solution that makes data center deployment faster, easier, and less expensive. The Open19 Foundation is advancing a new data center design standardRead More

Cable Basics
Cable Basics>

Proper Cable Protection Supports Secure Conne...

Rail industry electronics must perform under extremely harsh conditions. A rigorous set of tests and standards helps protect connectors and cables and the power and data they deliver to modernRead More

Standards
Standards>

Strike Counterfeit Mil-Spec Components From t...

Special mil-spec marking, DNA tagging, and other advanced authentication technologies are helping to root out counterfeit connectors and cable. Are 40% of mil-spec connectors counterfeit? We’ve heard the statistic andRead More

IMS 2019 Microwave Week Article Promo
New technology
New technology>

IMS Microwave Week Shows the Impact of 5G

IMS Microwave Week, the world’s most important annual RF and microwave event, demonstrated the state-of-the-art products needed to advance 5G and other high-speed technologies. Bishop & Associates’ director of RFRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

An Inseparable Duo: Wires and Wireless Techno...

The evolution of the telecommunications industry began with a simple wire that expanded to become today’s fully interconnected and increasingly wireless world. Throughout human history, we have strived to improveRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

A Clean Break: Breakaway Connectors in Medica...

Breakaway connectors can quickly disconnect to protect people and equipment, yet still provide the same pin and housing durability as their mechanically secured counterparts. By Steven Lassen, Product Applications Engineer,Read More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

Military Ground Vehicles Put Connectors to th...

The connectors specified for military ground vehicles must optimize size, weight, and power and endure the rugged conditions typical in modern ground operations. Military vehicles for use on Earth’s surfaceRead More

New technology
New technology>

5G Networks Demand More From Cables and Conne...

A new generation of fiber optic cable and high-speed connectivity products is laying the groundwork required to make 5G networks possible. Providers of fiber optic cables, high-speed connectors, and cableRead More

Cable Basics
Cable Basics>

The World is Flat: FFCs Define Future Applica...

Flat flexible cables are sliding into places other cables dare not go and help keep devices cool, light, and fast. In the realm of cables, the usual suspects are round.Read More

Industry News
Industry News>

Innovation and Expansion Drives Growth of Glo...

The worldwide market for cable assemblies continues to grow as new technologies proliferate and reach emerging markets around the world. An upcoming report by Bishop & Associates takes a closerRead More

New technology
New technology>

OFC Spotlights Optical Connectivity

The Optical Fiber Communications Conference & Exhibition explored emerging optical connectivity technologies, including optical transmitters, multi-fiber cables, and connectors. The Optical Fiber Communications Conference & Exhibition recently held in SanRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

The Connected Car is Closer Than it Appears

The technologies that make the connected car possible are on an accelerated evolutionary path. Some technologies are already on the roads and others are heading out in the near future,Read More

New technology
New technology>

High-Speed Products Dazzle at DesignCon 2019

The DesignCon conference never fails to live up to its reputation of being the premier platform for state-of-the-art chip and board technology, and DesignCon 2019 was no different. Once again,Read More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

Meeting Datacom and Telecom Application Deman...

As the need for bandwidth continues to increase, so does the need for higher data rates and smaller connectors capable of higher densities. What was once 1–3Gb/s moved to 4–8 Gb/s; then we saw the jumpRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

Connector Design Considerations for Mobile an...

Medical device designers face some of the biggest challenges in the electronic design industry and some of the most stringent requirements in the world. To both assure safety and hastenRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

SMA RF Coaxial Connectors are Powerful and Ve...

The demand for SMA RF coaxial connectors has grown exponentially with the proliferation of wireless applications. We take a closer look at these connectors and the challenges they face inRead More

Standards
Standards>

Assessing the Future of Military Electronics

As the Department of Defense prepares for the future of the military, the electronics industry is working to help it understand the complex needs and issues that affect R&D, manufacturing,Read More

New technology
New technology>

5G Brings Future Transportation Scenarios Clo...

High-speed 5G communications are key to widespread adoption of autonomous ridesharing. High-speed connectors, fiber cabling, and the Internet of Things will all play a role. By Neil Shurtz Today, there’sRead More

AerosUSA cable protector
Cable Basics
Cable Basics>

Polyamide Cable Protection Systems Provide Hi...

Specialized conduit systems designed to adapt to MIL-C-5015 style connectors are available in several different highly engineered formulas to suit a variety of rugged military, aerospace, and industrial application demands.Read More

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