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Press Release
For Immediate Release

Molex Expands RJ-45 Product Family

LISLE, Ill. – November 18, 2004 – Molex® Incorporated (NASDAQ: MOLX and MOLXA) today announced that it has added two new cordset and receptacle versions to its RJ-45 product family. The new RJ-45 EtherNet/IP* cordsets and receptacles complement the existing product line by offering users both PCB and IDT receptacle versions, as well as overmolded single and double ended bayonet style cordsets. Ideal for use in environments where EtherNet protocol is used, the RJ-45 product family is well-suited for manufacturing facilities serving the food and beverage, automotive and chemical industries; water treatment plants for waste water and municipal drinking water; and transportation hubs, such as airports, bus stations and rail stations.

To ensure optimum performance and decrease the chances of failure, even in harsh environments, the RJ-45 cordsets and receptacles are designed with one sealing surface. As opposed to standard field wireable cordsets, Molex’s overmolded cordsets allow plug and play and quicker installation. The bayonet style latch receptacle allows for fast and easy connections and guarantees proper depth when mating.

“These additions to the RJ-45 product family give our customers more cordset and receptacle options to choose from when trying to meet their EtherNet protocol needs,” said Rob Sanville, product manager, Industrial Division, Molex Incorporated. “Not only can they select from the IDT and PCB receptacle versions, but the new cordsets also give them the flexibility to vary the cable length to fit their individual application need.”

Both the cordsets and receptacles have IP 67 and NEMA 6P ratings to prevent water and dust particles from affecting functional integrity. They are category 5e specified, allowing for high data transmission speeds. Plus, both the cordsets and receptacles meet the EtherNet/IP Specifications of both the Open DeviceNet† Vendors Association and ControlNet‡ Vendors Association.

The RJ-45 Ethernet/IP cordsets and receptacles offer flexibility at an affordable cost. Lead-time is five weeks.

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*EtherNet/IP and †DeviceNet are trademarks of the Open DeviceNet Vendor Association

‡ControlNet is a trademark of ControlNet International, Ltd.

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