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NEW CONNECTOR-LESS CONTACT SYSTEM FROM AVX OPTIMIZES LATERAL PCB ALIGNMENT IN LINEAR LED LIGHTING APPLICATIONS

GREENVILLE, S.C., April 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AVX Corporation, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has developed a coplanar, connector-less contact system that optimizes lateral PCB alignment and maximizes mating tolerances in linear LED lighting applications. Packaged on tape and reel for individual, automatic placement, the new 70-9159 horizontal contact system features a 5A current rating, absorbs significant X- and Y-axis assembly tolerances, provides a reliable gold-to-gold active contact interface for maximum contact integrity in rugged lighting environments, and can support both board-to-board and wire-to-board applications.   "To minimize LED pitch densities and maximize light output in SSL strip lighting applications, LEDs should run down the center of a PCB.  However, connectors usually interrupt this requirement at every board-to-board interface," said Tom Anderson, product manager at AVX.  "Consequently, since single-contact connectors were not an economically feasible solution, AVX has devised a way to remove the cost of the connector without affecting the functionality, providing both a technical and cost-effective solution for PCB optimization in LED strip lighting." AVX's new 70-9159 contacts remove the insulator from the connection solution, enabling LEDs to be placed in the center of the PCB and contacts to be individually placed on its outer edges, effectively maximizing function and mitigating costs.  Featuring a contact height of 1.2mm above the PCB to prevent shadowing, the contacts may be individually spaced to support any voltage rating with a 5A current rating.  Capable of supporting operating temperatures ranging from -40°C to +125°C, the 70-9159 copper alloy contacts have gold socket contacts with 1mm side-to-side tolerance, tin plugs with gold in the mating area and a 1mm mating tolerance, and five-cycle durability.   In addition to LED strip lighting, AVX's 70-9159 contacts are also ideal for use in commercial and industrial co-planar or extended card applications.   For more information, please visit www.avx.com, call 864-967-2150, or write to One AVX Boulevard, Fountain Inn, S.C. 29644. About AVX

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AVX Corporation is a leading international supplier of electronic passive components and interconnect solutions with 26 manufacturing and customer support facilities in 15 countries around the world. AVX offers a broad range of devices including capacitors, resistors, filters, timing and circuit protection devices and connectors. The company is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:AVX). A photo accompanying this release is available at: http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=18323

CONTACT: Tom Anderson
         Product Manager
         843-241-2179
         tom.anderson@avx.com 
         
         Callie Baldwin
         Sales and Website Communications Manager
         864-967-9375
         callie.baldwin@avx.com

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