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Learn how Gore venting technology empowered the ODM of a well-known Chinese technology manufacturer to secure their role in a growing market. Discover how our in-depth knowledge helped to successfully develop their first waterproof smartwatch, all without compromising acoustic quality.
When a device experiences temperature or altitude changes, a pressure differential between the external environment and the interior of the device can occur. This pressure differential can weaken the gaskets and seals within the device and eventually leads to lower resistance to liquid penetration.
The latest smart phones and many other consumer electronic devices are now made with a flexible, touch-sensitive screen that deflects inward. Consumer handling of these electronic devices can cause rapid pressure changes and pressure differentials between the inside and outside of the device, leading to transducer bias and compromised acoustic performance. GORE® Pressure Vents are engineered to provide optimum airflow within the available design envelope without compromising the required level of ingress protection.
GORE® Pressure Vents help to equalize pressure fast, minimizing the pressure differentials that can weaken the gaskets and seals within a device, create transducer bias and compromise acoustic performance.
Our range of pressure venting solutions are designed to significantly increase airflow and protect portable electronic devices against rapid pressure changes without compromising on liquid and particulate protection.
Smartphones and Feature Phones
Smartwatches and Other Wearables
Smart Speakers and Home Devices
GORE® Pressure Vents
Gore application engineers have a number of pressure vent material sets available to design the optimum vent for your applications.
Which product is right for you?
Smartphones, Two-Way radios, Scanners
ISO rating (ISO 22810)10
50 m water
100 m water
Internal mount with ePTFE facing environment
Mount on the interior or exterior of the housing
Adhesive temperature range
-40 °C to 100 °C
Meet threshold requirements
1 IP ratings depend on housing design and part size.
2 Extended immersion testing: 1.5 m water immersion for 30 minutes.
3 PE8 and PE16 can meet IP68 (1.5 m water @ 30 minutes) with certain custom design conditions. Please contact Gore associates for details.
4 Extended immersion testing: 2 m water immersion for 1 hour. PE7 can also meet IP65 and IP66 under external mount condition only.
5 Actual thickness may vary due to the compressibility of nonwoven, ePTFE and adhesive layers.
6 A wide range of options available as a custom product.
7 To the best of our knowledge, the parts listed above do not have any restricted substances above the maximum concentration values listed in RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU.
8 Extended immersion testing: 50 m water immersion for 10 minutes with back pressure on captive ring.
9 Extended immersion rating: 100 m water immersion for 15 minutes with back pressure on captive ring.
10 In compliance with ISO22810:2010(E) test method 4.3.2 Water resistance to overpressure.
11 PE7 can also be mounted on the interior of the housing, and have therefore the waterproof adhesive facing the interior environment.
This information is based on our current level of knowledge and does not constitute a representation or warranty beyond those contained in our standard terms and conditions.
Predicting the conditions your product will encounter can be difficult, so our application engineers will work with you to ensure the right vent is selected.
Factors that might be considered include:
- What are the required product dimensions (device air volume)?
- How will the product be used?
- What are the air flow requirements of your device?
- What is the target pressure equalization time?
- What are the minimum and maximum temperatures your device may face?
- What surface will the vent be mounted on and what type of adhesive is required?
- How much space is available within your device enclosure? Will there be an open cavity?
Available in custom and standard sizes to give manufacturers greater design flexibility — to either reduce the number of pressure vents used in their devices or reduce the size of pressure vents for devices with limited internal space — without reducing effectiveness.
Gore applications engineers are also available to assist in selecting the right solution for your specific application requirements.
Installation and Use
Working directly with OEMs and manufacturers, GORE® Pressure Vents have been developed to easily be applied manually or as part of high-volume manufacturing processes and automated installation procedures. Please see below for our product installation video:
Why Choose GORE® Portable Electronic Vents for Your Electronic Devices?
Leading OEMs have purchased over 10 billion of GORE® Portable Electronic Vents because they know our products and services can help accelerate their development of innovative and differentiated devices in fast-paced, highly competitive markets.
Product & Application Leadership
Grounded in a deep understanding of material science and acoustics, Gore can provide the optimum venting solution. We balance trade-offs between diverse problems such as adverse operating environments, immersion events and acoustic performance.
To ensure products are “fit for use”, every Gore product must adhere to the highest standards of quality, performance and reliability. Through a comprehensive understanding of end-use applications and requirements, our products do what they say they will do.
The mobile electronics industry develops and releases new products quickly. Our fast response to customer requests during the development process sets us apart. Gore supports this need for quickness with designs and prototypes to ensure engineering teams can meet their project timelines and their application requirements.
Leading OEMS specify Gore because we have consistently proven our ability to quickly ramp up to supply vents for projects of over 10 million devices per year and to continue to supply high quality products on-time without disruption.
Gore is a global materials science company dedicated to transforming industries and improving lives. Gore develops materials with microporous structures that provide desirable attributes and performance characteristics to engineer vents and other products used in a variety of markets and industries.
Our global teams of sales associates, application engineers, manufacturing engineers, and research personnel enable us to provide agile and robust support to customers around the world.
Read about how the GORE® Portable Electronic Vents team of engineers and scientists are working with customers to ensure delivery of the best possible venting, production and customized solutions:
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October 29, 2023 - November 1, 2023
Join us at IEEE SENSORS 2023, a renowned event in the field of sensor technology and innovation. We are excited to announce that W. L. Gore & Associates GmbH will be unveiling cutting-edge solutions at booth #14 during the conference, taking place in Vienna, Austria from October 29 to November 01, 2023.
September 19, 2023 - September 21, 2023
Join us at the highly anticipated MEMS & Imaging Sensors Summit, a premier event in field of sensor technology and innovation. We are excited to announce that our company will be showcasing our latest cutting-edge solutions at booth #19 during the summit, held in the picturesque city of Grenoble, France from September 19 to 21, 2023.
Posted August 17, 2023
Gore launches two breakthrough products that enable smartwatch users to dive down to 100 meters. Read all about our advanced GORE® Acoustic Vent and GORE® Pressure Vent in our 10 ATM flyer or learn more on this website.
May 23, 2023 - May 24, 2023
As one of the event sponsors we invite you to stop by any time to meet with our team at the MEMS & Sensor Technical Congress in Massachusetts, from May 23 to 24, 2023.
FOR INDUSTRIAL USE ONLY
Not for use in food, drug, cosmetic or medical device manufacturing, processing, or packaging operations.