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15th November 2007, UK – Diversified technology company 3M has launched the new Metpak brand HSHM Press-Fit B19 connector. This is designed to give system designers working with VME and CompactPCI backplane systems a cost-effective path to higher speed serial input/output (I/O) protocols, such as PCI Express and RapidIO, without disruptive backplane redesign or needing a ‘forklift’ upgrade.

Multi-gigabit per second interconnection solutions compatible with the existing VME infrastructure were once considered impossible without an expensive disruptive upgrade or system re-design. Furthermore, some mission-critical systems cannot be taken offline to increase speeds. The new 3M B19 connector solution enables the extension of the life of – and preserves the investment in – existing VME and CPCI systems.

Highly flexible and modular, 3M believes the new product is the only high speed connector designed to meet the industry standard 2mm hard metric format in accordance with the IEC-61076-4 101 connector standard. The 3M HSHM connectors use virtual coaxial shielding technology to provide maximum performance with minimal cross-talk and skew, allowing them to plug into existing 2mm hard metric connectors and support PCI Express and Rapid IO protocols.

Fully compatible designs can be built with fast serial links running up to 5.0 Gbps per differential pair. Full compatibility on the backplane with VME64x, PO VITA 31 and P3 PICMG (PCI Industrial Computers Manufacturers Group) 2.16 connectors is maintained.

For further information, readers should contact the 3M Customer Service Centre on 01234 229463.

About 3M in the electronics market

3M, the diversified technology company, provides a comprehensive range of solutions for the electronics market in the UK and Ireland, from components through to chemicals. Covering multiple applications – including medical device technology, ICT, PCB, semiconductor, automotive and military/aerospace – 3M supplies products that aim to address the challenges designers and manufacturers face today.

About 3M

3M is a $22.9 billion diversified technology company, creating innovative products that help make the world smarter, faster, healthier and safer. Well known 3M brands include Scotch, Post-it, Scotchgard, Thinsulate and Scotch-brite.

3M has pioneered innovation since 1902 and today, invests more than $1.5 billion a year in R&D. It has applied its expertise in RFID technology to deliver biometric passports; it is using its understanding of the healthcare industry to provide hospitals with infection prevention and detection solutions; and its digital signage offerings are revolutionising the way businesses communicate with their customers, their employees and the general public.

3M employs 75,000 people worldwide to deliver more than 55,000 products to customers in some 200 countries. Its diverse technologies touch nearly every aspect of modern life, serving markets such as consumer and office, display and graphics, electronics and communications, healthcare, industrial and transportation, safety and protection services, and security systems.

The UK and Ireland is home to one of the largest 3M subsidiaries outside the USA, employing 3850 people across 17 locations, including 11 manufacturing sites. Products manufactured in the UK include coated abrasives, respirators, adhesive tapes, industrial microbiology products, drug delivery systems, high-performance coatings, secure documents and passport scanners.

PR contact: Maxine Ambrose 07785 280930

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