connection systems division (TCS), a leading provider
of high-performance interconnect and electronic manufacturing
services, and Molex (www.molex.com)
announced the signing of a second-source licensing agreement
which grants Molex the right to manufacture, market and
sell the GbX connector.
the agreement terms, Molex is licensed under Teradyne''s
patents, trademarks, and technology to manufacture and
sell the GbX product family worldwide. The two companies
will work jointly to deliver truly intermateable, interchangeable
products by sharing design and manufacturing processes.
Molex expects to begin production of the four pair configuration
of the GbX connector in September 2003.
Teradyne-Molex partnership is unique in that the two companies
deliver products that share design, not just specification,"
says Rick Schneider, president, Teradyne TCS. "We
collaborate continuously over the product lifecycle to
improve our respective production and process capabilities.
OEM users can source either company''s components with
confidence that the parts will work together and meet
their performance and reliability requirements."
GbX license agreement marks the fourth product generation
that Teradyne has licensed to Molex since 1995, beginning
with Teradyne''s HDM connector family and extending to
include its industry-leading VHDM and VHDM-HSDT high-speed,
high-density connector platforms.
Martin Slark, president and chief operating officer, Molex:
"We are very pleased about extending our second-source
partnership with Teradyne. The GbX connector is well positioned
in the marketplace, enabling real-world system solutions
with exceptional mechanical integrity and electrical performance.
Molex will work aggressively to tool the GbX product family."
GbX connector provides the highest level of density available
today, offering an upgrade path beyond existing 2mm platforms.
The GbX 4-pair platform offers 55 differential pairs per
linear inch, allowing for the most XAUI links in the industry
today. GbX is currently available from Teradyne in 4-pair
and 5-pair versions (69 differential pairs per inch) with
a complete breadth of components including power, guidance
delivers solutions for testing and connecting electronics.
It is the world''s leading supplier of automatic test equipment
for testing semiconductors, circuit boards and modules,
vehicle diagnostics and voice and broadband telephone
is also a leader in total system solutions, providing
a broad range of technology-focused products and services,
including high-speed, high-density connectors, high-performance
circuits, backplane assembly and complete systems integration
and test. The company had sales of $1.22 billion in 2002
and currently employs about 7200 people worldwide.
designs and manufactures electronic, electrical, fibre-optic
components and application tooling. Molex''s worldwide
operations include 54 manufacturing facilities in 27 countries,
with sales in excess of $1.7 billion in 2001-02.
India, an ISO 9002 and QS 9000-certified company, is one
of the country''s largest connector manufacturers. By virtue
of its technology leadership, local manufacturing and
value-added service, Molex aims to become a complete interconnect
solutions partner to its clients. An unrelenting commitment
to quality and volume production is made possible with
Molex India''s comprehensive infrastructure. This comprises
of 90,000 sq ft of state-of-the-art facility in Bangalore
with world-class capability to manufacture connectors
cable assemblies and structured cabling systems.
India commenced operations in India in 1988. A second
plant at Gandhinagar, Gujarat, for telecom connectors
and a tooling facility at Bangalore, which meets captive
global tooling requirements, give Molex a very strong
manufacturing base in India.