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Press Release
For Immediate Release



High Density MT Cable Assemblies from Molex Increase Front Panel Real Estate

LISLE, Ill. – September 30, 2004 – The new High Density MT Cable Assemblies from Molex® Incorporated (NASDAQ: MOLX and MOLXA) create multiple space-saving options on the front panel by making configurations up to 72 fibers possible, while reducing installation times and lowering applied costs. By using the 72-fiber MT ferrule with both MTP* connectors and Molex's high-density panel mount Array Connectors, Molex has extended the optical capabilities of traditional MT-style connectors with these new High Density MT Cable Assemblies.

As the latest addition to Molex's optical cable assembly product family, the High Density MT Cable Assemblies are well-suited for use with parallel optic transceiver interconnections such as Xanoptix** XTM series of multifiber transceivers. They also are ideal for a variety of high density interconnects such as OE modules; PC cards and patch panels; optical backplanes; optical switches and routers; and data communication centers. Over the past year, Molex has developed termination and polishing capabilities to achieve insertion loss levels that are comparable to those of 24-fiber terminations. As a result, the High Density MT Cable Assemblies have an Optical Insertion Loss (IL) below 1.0dB across all 72 channels, which exceed the industry's optical performance standards.

"With the High Density MT Cable Assemblies, Molex delivers the industry's highest density interface available, resulting in lower installation times and reduced costs," said Tom Schiltz, product manager, Fiber Optics Division, Molex Incorporated. "Molex is also working closely with cable vendors to develop new cable configurations to increase ease of use and design flexibility, further enhancing the features of the cabling solutions currently available."

The High Density MT Cable Assemblies offer standard MPO/MTP connecter interfaces to ensure industry compatibility. For customers that have implemented 12-fiber transceivers on their card, a 72-fiber cable assembly with six bare ribbon breakouts provides a smooth transition on the front panel, which saves valuable real-estate with a single 72-fiber MTP interconnect.

The new High Density MT Cable Assemblies offer increased density to greatly reduce cable congestion and lower the installed cost with cables assemblies. Lead-time is between four to six weeks.

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*MTP is a registered trademark of US Conec Ltd.

** Xanoptix is a trademark of Xanoptix, Inc.


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