NEW CONNECTOR-LESS CONTACT SYSTEM FROM AVX OPTIMIZES LATERAL PCB ALIGNMENT IN LINEAR LED LIGHTING APPLICATIONS

NEW CONNECTOR-LESS CONTACT SYSTEM FROM AVX OPTIMIZES LATERAL PCB ALIGNMENT IN
LINEAR LED LIGHTING APPLICATIONS

Individual 5A Contacts Maximize Function & Minimize Costs, Providing a
Reliable PCB Design Solution for Rugged Lighting Environments

GREENVILLE, S.C., April 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AVX Corporation, a
leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has
developed a coplanar, connector-less contact system that optimizes lateral PCB
alignment and maximizes mating tolerances in linear LED lighting applications.
Packaged on tape and reel for individual, automatic placement, the new 70-9159
horizontal contact system features a 5A current rating, absorbs significant X-
and Y-axis assembly tolerances, provides a reliable gold-to-gold active
contact interface for maximum contact integrity in rugged lighting
environments, and can support both board-to-board and wire-to-board
applications. 

"To minimize LED pitch densities and maximize light output in SSL strip
lighting applications, LEDs should run down the center of a PCB. However,
connectors usually interrupt this requirement at every board-to-board
interface," said Tom Anderson, product manager at AVX. "Consequently, since
single-contact connectors were not an economically feasible solution, AVX has
devised a way to remove the cost of the connector without affecting the
functionality, providing both a technical and cost-effective solution for PCB
optimization in LED strip lighting."

AVX's new 70-9159 contacts remove the insulator from the connection solution,
enabling LEDs to be placed in the center of the PCB and contacts to be
individually placed on its outer edges, effectively maximizing function and
mitigating costs. Featuring a contact height of 1.2mm above the PCB to
prevent shadowing, the contacts may be individually spaced to support any
voltage rating with a 5A current rating. Capable of supporting operating
temperatures ranging from -40°C to +125°C, the 70-9159 copper alloy contacts
have gold socket contacts with 1mm side-to-side tolerance, tin plugs with gold
in the mating area and a 1mm mating tolerance, and five-cycle durability. 

In addition to LED strip lighting, AVX's 70-9159 contacts are also ideal for
use in commercial and industrial co-planar or extended card applications. 

For more information, please visit www.avx.com, call 864-967-2150, or write to
One AVX Boulevard, Fountain Inn, S.C. 29644.

About AVX

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AVX Corporation is a leading international supplier of electronic passive
components and interconnect solutions with 26 manufacturing and customer
support facilities in 15 countries around the world. AVX offers a broad range
of devices including capacitors, resistors, filters, timing and circuit
protection devices and connectors. The company is publicly traded on the New
York Stock Exchange (NYSE:AVX).

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CONTACT: Tom Anderson
         Product Manager
         843-241-2179
         tom.anderson@avx.com
        
         Callie Baldwin
         Sales and Website Communications Manager
         864-967-9375
         callie.baldwin@avx.com
 
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