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Interconnect News for December 8, 2015

The interconnect news for December 8, 2015, share the latest connector industry and OEM announcements.

TE Connectivity announced that its 25G active optics featuring Coolbit optical engines received an R&D 100 Award. Sponsored by R&D Magazine, the R&D 100 awards honor outstanding projects and developments from global research and development teams. TE’s line of 25G active optic interconnects offers up to 400 Gb/s per port with extremely low power consumption. With QSFP28 modules performing at less than 1.5W per transceiver, this new line of 25G active optics can help communication systems achieve up to 60% more power savings than similar existing solutions.

ODU has opened a new subsidiary in Japan. ODU Japan K.K. guarantees optimum service and will be geared specifically towards the needs of local customers. Aside from a wide range of standard solutions, the new location will also offer customer-specific connectors. With this subsidiary, the Mühldorf-based company moves further into the Asian market; ODU has been present there for more than 15 years, with long-term distribution partners, four sales offices, one production facility, and a total of 300 employees.

TPC Wire & Cable Corp. completed the acquisition of Enersave Wire & Cable. The acquisition of EWC is aligned with TPC’s strategy to further expand assembly services and product inventory into Mexico and will accelerate TPC’s growth there and elsewhere in Latin America through the addition of direct sales, local distribution, and cable assembly capabilities. TPC was acquired by Audax Private Equity in May 2015. Enersave is TPC’s first add-on under Audax ownership. The leadership team of EWC, Raul Ortega, Sr., and Raul Ortega, Jr., will remain with the business.

AFC Cable Systems and sister company Kaf-Tech announced an expansion to their high-quality line of electrical metallic tubing, flexible metal, and Liquidtight fittings for the electrical distribution industry. More than 150 new fittings have been added. The new product offering is the first phase of a multi-phase fittings product extension, with many more items to be added in 2016.

DesignCon has announced its keynote speakers for 2016: Al Eisaian, CEO of IntelinAir; Paul Kocher, chief scientist of the Cryptography Research Division for Rambus, and Pat Byrne, president of Tektronix. Their presentations, which touch on their experiences as design-engineers-turned-executive-technologists and entrepreneurs, aim to inspire professionals within the engineering industry.

Troit Freeland, Burndy

Troit Freeland

BURNDY has appointed Troit Freeland to the position of strategic account manager. He will report to Stewart Gale, vice president, sales and marketing. Prior to joining BURNDY, Troit held national-position roles at manufacturing companies including Brady, HellermannTyton, and most recently at Ideal Industries. He currently serves as the chairperson of the NAED Manufacturers Council. Troit’s responsibilities include representing the full BURNDY product offering to key distributor partners, working with the entire BURNDY sales team, planning and implementing national strategies, and presenting established sales and marketing programs that support corporate objectives.

Mouser Electronics teamed up with celebrity engineer Grant Imahara and AVX Fellow, Ron Demcko, to launch an Empowering Innovation Together program on driverless cars. In this interview, Grant and Ron explore the future of autonomous driving and vehicle gesture recognition. The AVX Innovation Hub video, along with featured products and technical articles related to driverless cars, is available now on Mouser.com. Viewers can take an inside look at the future of driverless and connected vehicles as seen through the eyes of AVX. Each interview throughout the Driverless Cars Series concentrates on different areas of autonomous and connected vehicle technology – from the history of driverless cars and the ethics of autonomous vehicles, to what discoveries and innovations are being made in the industry and what challenges are faced in gaining the public’s approval of driverless and connected cars.

Schleuniger Group’s CoaxCenter 6000 won the productronica Innovation Award in the cables, coils, and hybrids category last month in Munich. The CoaxCenter 6000 is the world’s first and currently the only machine system that enables micro-coaxial cables to be processed fully automatically and with high precision. The award panel was particularly impressed by the innovative combination of precision, quality monitoring, and processing volume.

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