Cinch Interconnect Product Reaches Finals of Prestigious 2008 DesignVision Awards


iQ® Hybrid achieves recognition as one of industry's most innovative interconnect technologies

LOMBARD, ILLINOIS - January 16, 2008 - Cinch Connectors today announced that its iQ® Hybrid Interconnect product has been selected as a finalist in the Interconnect Technologies and Components category of the International Engineering Consortium (IEC) 2008 DesignVision Awards.

The purpose of the annual DesignVision Awards is to identify and acknowledge the technologies, products and services that provide the greatest innovation and benefit to the electronics industry. This year, a panel of highly qualified judges made their selections from a record number of competing products in eight categories.

"The IEC is pleased to recognize Cinch iQ® Hybrid Interconnect and Cinch Connectors as a 2008 DesignVision Finalist," commented IEC President John Janowiak. "It's design teams and companies like this that are committed to the successful technology advancement that drives all industries forward."

iQ® Hybrid represents the latest evolution in Cinch's long-standing leadership in compression style connectivity. This revolutionary connector provides a high performance, high-density compression style connection in a standard solderable and RoHS compliant design. Its unique contact features a shorting path which, when compressed, produces the shortest possible electrical path for the highest bandwidth performance.

Winners of the 2008 DesignVision Awards will be announced Tuesday, February 5, at noon during DesignCon, due to be held February 4-7 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.

Samples of Cinch's iQ® Hybrid interconnect will be on display at the DesignCon exhibition on February 5-6, please stop by Cinch's booth #310.

About Cinch

Cinch Connectors is a supplier of reliable, high quality connectors to the Computer, Datacom, Telecom, Military Aerospace and Transportations markets worldwide. Cinch Connectors employs approximately 1,100 people, with manufacturing operations located in the United States, Mexico, and England. Cinch product engineering and development activities are based in the United States and the UK. Cinch is a unit of the Safran Group, headquartered in Paris, France. Additional information is available at www.cinch.com.

Company Contact:

Cinch Connectors, Inc.
Mr. Mike Savage, VP Sales & Marketing
Tel: +1 (630) 705-7527
msavage@cinch.com

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