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New GORE™ QSFP Assemblies Improve Cable Reliability in InfiniBand Applications

Landenberg, PA (October 27, 2008) – W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) has announced the addition of GORE™ QSFP Copper Cable Assemblies to its line of products specifically designed for the high-performance computing (HPC) industry. Ideally suited for InfiniBand, 10 Gigabit Ethernet and 40 Gigabit Ethernet applications, these assemblies improve signal reliability at speeds over the standard InfiniBand QDR data rate 10 Gbps/channel. At the same time, Gore's unique design and the low dielectric materials used in the cable's construction improves bend radius over longer distances in small cross-sectional areas. Sean Souffie, Gore's product specialist for GORE™ QSFP Copper Cable Assemblies says, "Our cables have been designed to reach farther than other cables and ease cable management through tight spaces due to its smaller size. It does all of this without sacrificing signal quality and reliability."

GORE™ QSFP Copper Cable Assemblies are also offered with GORE™ EYE-OPENER+® Conductor Technology, a patented design that yields the highest data rate and longest distance in the smallest cable available in the marketplace today. GORE™ QSFP Active Assemblies are currently being field tested and will allow the cable to either extend three times farther or use a smaller diameter cable than a passive interconnect. Gore also provides value to its customers through very low latency, reduced jitter and a maximum signal eye opening.

As a market leader serving the 20-meter-and-under reach needs with the data canter, Gore has a long-standing tradition of not only creating outstanding products with superior reliability, but also developing these products with the end-user in mind. Souffie adds, "Creating a superior cable requires an understanding of a variety of complex issues. For example, technical issues such as crosstalk, jitter, and the relationship between distance and signal quality all have a direct effect on a cable's design. In addition, the impact of environmental issues like energy consumption and physical location must be considered during the design phase. Our development team works closely with users from the Top 500 List to ensure that our cables meet all of the HPC industry's needs — high-quality signal transmission, easier installation, improved reliability, and lower maintenance costs."

The GORE™ QSFP Copper Cable Assembly is the latest addition to Gore's line of products for high performance computers, which also includes extended reach cable assemblies, backplane assemblies, and SFP+ cable assemblies. These products include CX4, DDR and QDR Infiniband assemblies, and GbX®, AIRMAX VS®, ERmet ZD® cable interconnects. For more information about Gore's full line of cables and assemblies, visit

About W. L. Gore & Associates

With more than $2.5 billion in annual sales and 8,000 employees around the world, W. L. Gore & Associates provides diverse, high-performance solutions in consumer, industrial, electronic, medical, and surgical markets. As well-known for its unique corporate culture as for its products, Gore's 50-year success story rests equally on product and organizational innovation. The company operates more than 45 facilities worldwide with headquarters in Newark, Delaware, USA.


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Marketing Communications  
W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.  
(610) 268-1930     

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EYE-OPENER+, Gore, and design are registered trademarks of W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
GbX is a registered trademark of Amphenol TCS
AIRMAX VS is a registered trademark of FCI Electronics
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