The world relies on smartphones, tablets, wearables and other mobile electronics. Gore provides vents that protect these devices from damage and shielding materials that keep us from losing a signal.
Smartphones are an essential item for most everyone. They instantly connect us to our families, friends and the rest of the world, wherever we are. But with this power comes a risk: If our phones stop working because we spill water on them or drop them in the sand, we lose our instant connection to other people and to information available online.
Other mobile electronics, like tablets and wearables, are gaining in popularity. Fast-forward five years, and smartwatches might be as popular — and as essential to day-to-day living — as smartphones are today.
To make sure consumers can keep depending on their mobile electronics, the devices need protection. That’s what Gore provides.
Proven Protection from Water and More
Today’s smartphone users want their devices to be seemingly waterproof — that is, water-repellant enough to keep their devices safe when they’re accidentally dropped in water.
Gore helps manufacturers meet this demand by making vents that reliably protect mobile devices from liquids, dirt and dust. Consisting of housing, a substrate and a thin ePTFE membrane layer, our vents provide a reliable protective barrier to water and other types of particles.
Our vents, like GORE® Acoustic Vent GAW333, enable mobile electronics manufacturers to achieve an IP68 rating, currently achieved by some of today’s most popular smartphones. This rating means the device can be submerged in 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes. In fact, GORE® Acoustic Vent GAW333 has an immersion rating of IPX8, achieved at two meters of immersion for one hour, and a dust-proof rating of IP6X.
Despite our vents’ protective barrier, sounds like voices and music can pass through unencumbered. When designing vents, manufacturers have to consider both protection and sound quality; they may need to compromise one to bolster the other. Gore provides the best combination in the mobile electronics industry, offering superior protection without compromising sound quality, and vice versa.
Unlike many vent providers, we don’t just hand over a membrane; we consult with our customers. What’s the optimal size and shape of a vent? Or the optimal distance between our vent and the speaker or microphone? These are the questions we ask to ensure electronics manufacturers deliver the best device protection and sound quality possible.
As voice recognition becomes more prevalent in mobile electronics, as HD voice recognition grows in importance, and as consumers continue to expect their mobile devices to be nearly waterproof, more electronics will require high-fidelity audio and high-quality venting solutions, like those provided by Gore.
Getting the Signal
Imagine the average consumer’s home or work space: There’s a smartphone, often a laptop, and sometimes tablets and wearables, too. Interference between all these devices can cause a lot of static — unless each is effectively shielded.
Even if quality shielding material is in place, it could get dislodged. Mobile electronics often get tossed around: dropped into bags, grabbed by toddlers, even used in rugged military environments. When that happens, shielding materials inside the device can get knocked loose, drastically impairing the device’s electronic performance.
Gore’s EMI shielding materials protect electronic equipment from electromagnetic interference, ensuring you won’t drop a call or experience interruptions. The key to our materials’ performance is their conductivity and compressibility. With a soft foam structure, our gaskets and grounding pads require minimal force for initial conductivity, then maintain that conductivity across wide working ranges, temperatures and service heights. Then, because of their compressibility, the materials can fit into tight spaces and stay there — maintaining contact even when the electronics are thrown into rugged environments, from military operations to the bottom of a bag.
A Call for Quickness
The mobile electronics industry has a short product life cycle. Gore supports this need for quickness with a fast-response design process. We have the ability to build prototypes, test them, and release products in just a few months. After release, we support our customers with a team of experts in acoustics, mechanics and production.
Evolving with the Industry
Gore’s first entered the mobile electronics industry with solutions for two-way radios. In mission-critical military and first-responder operations, our acoustic vents protect the radios from dirt, dust and liquids; equalize pressure when materials inside the radios outgas; and ensure high-quality acoustics. Additionally, our EMI shielding materials protect the radios’ signal integrity when it matters most.
A few years later, we became a pioneer in providing the acoustic and pressure vents for smartphones we’re now known for globally, along with the shielding materials needed to keep signals strong.
Now, while continuing to provide solutions for two-way radios and smartphones — along with headsets, cameras, handheld computer scanners and other mobile devices — we’ve lent our materials expertise to a new market: wearables.
As the wearables market grows, we continually innovate with our vents and shielding solutions, ensuring that people communicating by watch, earpiece or other wearable technology can get their messages across, loud and clear.