Amphenol Spectra-Strip Announces Agreement to License

EYE OPENER +™ Conductor Technology from W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.


WALLINGFORD, Conn., March 18, 2003  -- The Spectra-Strip Division of Amphenol Corporation (NYSE: APH) reported today their agreement to license the EYE OPENER +™ conductor technology from W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc., a leading supplier of InfiniBand™ cables and cable assemblies.


“We are excited to have been selected by Gore as their licensing partner for their unique EYE OPENER + conductor technology,” stated Carl Booth, Amphenol Spectra-Strip Director of Product Development.  “Combined with our SKEWCLEAR® cable technology, Gore’s EYE OPENER + conductor technology will allow us the ability to provide self-equalized, multi-gigabit cables for InfiniBand and 10Gb Ethernet connectivity in the data center.  This development will enable longer usable copper lengths without the high frequency parasitics caused by board mount equalization components.”


“Gore is pleased to have Amphenol Spectra-Strip as sole second source supplier of our EYE OPENER + conductor technology,” commented David Dillon, product manager for Gore. “By combining Gore’s years of experience and knowledge in the development of high speed interconnect solutions with Amphenol Spectra-Strip’s cable technology, we can provide multiple channels of supply for the best solution to our InfiniBand customers."


The EYE OPENER + conductor technology provides cables and cable assemblies with the highest data rate, longest distance or smallest size of any equivalent cable construction. It utilizes a passive equalization conductor that modifies the frequency response within the cable. This improvement allows for 30% - 100% longer distances and smaller cable diameters at a specified data rate.  When performance is critical and space is limited, the cable assemblies can provide up to 2.5 Gbps of data transmission at distances up to 30 meters.  In addition, EYE OPENER + cables provide improved system reliability at data rates of 2.5 – 3.5 Gbps without experiencing high frequency parasitic effects from the RLC circuits.  

About Amphenol

Amphenol Corporation is one of the world's leading producers of electronic and fiber optic connectors, cable and interconnect systems. Amphenol products are engineered and manufactured in the Americas, Europe and Asia and sold by a worldwide sales and marketing organization. The primary end markets for the Company's products are communication systems for the converging technologies of voice, video and data communications, including wired and wireless internet and broadband networks, and industrial, automotive and aerospace applications.  For more information, visit and


About W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.

W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. is a leader in providing high technology solutions for electronic, industrial, medical, and fabric applications. Headquartered in Newark, Delaware, Gore operates more than 45 facilities, has over a billion dollars in annual sales, and employs approximately 6,000 associates worldwide. Gore is well known for its unique corporate culture and is repeatedly named among the “100 Best Companies to Work for in America.” For more information, visit the Gore Web site at




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Amphenol  Spectra-Strip

Carl Booth



W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc

Kathy Vogel