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Portable Electronic Vents provide waterproof protection.
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March 3, 2014 - Intended for smartphones and portable electronic devices, PE3 Series provides typical airflow of 3,300 ml/min/cm³, equalizing internal  pressure, minimizing stress on seals, and eliminating transducer bias. At same time, vents protect internal electronics by serving as barrier against liquid, dust, and dirt. Units are engineered with black oleophobic membrane and gray PET nonwoven backing to minimize contrast when mounted on exterior of dark electronic devices.

New GORE® Portable Electronic Vent Combines Highest Airflow with Waterproof Protection

W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
402 Vieve's Way
Elkton,, MD, 21921

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Press release date: February 24, 2014

ELKTON, MD – In response to the growing demand for waterproof smart phones and portable electronic devices, W. L. Gore & Associates has expanded the waterproofing solutions in its line of GORE® Portable Electronic Vents. The new PE3 Series delivers the highest airflow of black venting solutions for OEMs in this rapidly changing market. This level of airflow allows for a smaller vent to improve the integrity and reliability of portable electronics by equalizing pressure while providing immersion protection. In addition, the PE3 Series is engineered with a black oleophobic membrane and gray PET nonwoven backing to minimize contrast when mounted on the exterior of dark electronic devices.

With a typical airflow of 3,300 ml/min/cm3, the PE3 Series of GORE® Portable Electronic Vents allows air to flow freely through the device — equalizing internal pressure, reducing stress on the seals and eliminating transducer bias. At the same time, these vents protect internal electronics by serving as a barrier against liquid, dust and dirt, enabling the device to meet Level 7 of the IEC’s liquid ingress protection standard (IPx7) — immersion protection at one meter for 30 minutes.

GORE® Portable Electronic Vents protect portable devices in challenging environments without compromising sound quality. These devices frequently encounter significant pressure differentials caused by sudden weather or altitude changes. These differentials can compromise device performance in two ways: (1) causing housing seals to fail, which enables water and contaminants to enter; and (2) creating bias on compliant surfaces, which in turn reduces acoustic output. Over time, repeated pressure differentials can damage internal electronics and transducers.

The PE3 Series is the latest addition to the full line of GORE® Portable Electronic Vents, which are engineered specifically to deliver the best combination of ingress protection and high sound quality for small electronic devices. Leading device OEMs collaborate with Gore’s global application teams to deliver improved acoustic quality and more reliable environmental protection from liquids, dust, and pressure changes. For more information about Gore’s portable electronic venting products, visit

About W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
Gore is a technology-driven company focused on discovery and product innovation. Well known for waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® fabric, the company’s portfolio includes everything from high-performance fabrics and implantable medical devices to industrial manufacturing components and aerospace electronics. Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Newark, Delaware, Gore employs approximately 10,000 associates in 30 countries worldwide. Gore is one of a select few companies to appear on all of the U.S. “100 Best Companies to Work For” lists since the rankings debuted in 1984. The company also appears regularly on similar lists around the world. Learn more at

Mary Ann Seal

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