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March 30, 2014

Dovetail Modular Connector Series Delivers a Truly Flexible Interconnect Solution

Versatile and adaptive nature allows users to customize design configurations

Smiths Connectors, a worldwide leading provider of high performance interconnect solutions for the most demanding applications, announced today the rollout of its IDI Dovetail® modular connector series. Dovetail®, the latest entry in the company’s wide array of interconnect products, is a new and innovative interconnect solution that has been developed to address the rugged environmental requirements of the Defense and Commercial Aviation markets, as well as demanding industrial electronics applications. The high-grade spring probes that are embodied in the Dovetail® ensures excellent performance in environments that feature shock, vibration and extreme temperatures.

The product has been designed for inside-the-box applications and will, in most cases, be used between two printed circuit boards within a sealed housing. The Dovetail connector features and benefits include the proven performance of the IDI C Series industry-leading spring probe range, a compact modular housing, very light weight, blind mating, instant prototyping, and unique flexibility and adaptability that affords users the opportunity to design exactly the configurations that they desire into their particular products. In addition, IDI’s expertise in spring probe technology plays a key role in making it possible for Dovetail connectors to be used to rapidly prototype cabled blind mate connectors which should have a positive impact across the traditional prototype lead-times arena.

Cost-effectiveness is another tangible benefit to customers that is associated with Dovetail’s configurable nature. Traditional COTS products in predefined formats have not always proven to be conducive in addressing unique combinations or mixed signal capabilities within the confines of an individual connector. It is a dilemma that often finds customers wrestling with the costly and time-consuming alternative of custom designing solutions. The individual probe blocks in the Dovetail solution now make it possible for customers to build exactly what they need in a single day and bypass the problematic issues of tooling and long lead-times.

“Smiths Connectors is aware of, and sensitive to, the needs of the customer community. We understand and appreciate that Defense, Commercial Aviation and Homeland Security rely heavily on the assurance that their equipment will stay connected, and will function flawlessly in the most demanding conditions, said Gabriel Guglielmi, Smiths Connectors Vice President of Business Development & Strategy. “Dovetail provides the perfect mix of tried-and-tested feature-rich interconnect technology to customers. An attribute that distinguishes the Dovetail connector from competitive offerings is that it is an enabling technology providing designers with an edge by allowing them to significantly reduce their time-to-market cycles. Dovetail puts us in a stronger position to grow, and to continue to deliver on our commitment to be the most customer-sensitive connector company in the interconnect industry.”

ABOUT SMITHS CONNECTORS

Smiths Connectors is a leading supplier of application-specific, high-reliability electrical interconnect solutions from highly integrated assemblies to microminiature connectors and spring probe contacts.Connectors is comprised of Hypertac, Sabritec and IDI brands, which are synonymous of exceptional performance when critical applications require a technologically advanced, high quality, multi-pin electrical connection to ensure reliability and safety.

Alongside Smiths Microwave and Smiths Power, Smiths Connectors is part of the Smiths Interconnect division of Smiths Group www.smiths.com, a global leader in applying advanced technologies for markets in threat and contraband detection, energy, medical devices, communications and engineered components. Smiths Group employs around 23,000 people in more than 50 countries.