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3M’s Revolutionary Cable Solution Recipient of 2011 R&D 100 Award

     The 3M Twin Axial Ribbon Cable, SL8800 Series solution was recently announced as a recipient of R&D Magazine’s 49th Annual R&D 100 Awards. The award recognizes 100 of the most technologically significant products and has long been a benchmark of excellence in a variety of industries – from the academe to government to medical to manufacturing.

     The 3M Twin Axial Ribbon Cable is the industry’s first flat, foldable and longitudinally shielded high performance twin axial ribbon cable that went on display at the last PSECE Exhibit at SMX Convention Center held last June 1 to 3 2011.

     The proliferation of high-speed Internet traffic and wireless handheld devices has enabled higher volumes of data passing through a growing web of networking and communication systems. To connect the subsystems or cabinets that support these systems, differential pair cable – with two signal conductors and a ground shield – is the natural choice as a conduit for this data. However, these types of transmission lines can present challenges if their construction is not wisely chosen and controlled to provide optimal performance. 3M pushed to solve these challenges by developing a unique flat cable construction that minimizes the overall thickness of the cable and enhances its bendability, without sacrificing electrical performance.

     The 3M Twin Axial Cable SL8800 Series is the only cable solution currently available on the market for high data-rate applications that can make sharp turns and fold with little to no impact on electrical performance. Beyond this unique capability, The 3M Twin Axial Cable SL8800 can support transmission speeds from 1 Gbps to 25 Gbps and places 3M Twin Axial Cable solutions in an elite category, beyond solving the spatial challenges caused by densely packaged systems.

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