LDS offers flexibility and geometric 3D design freedom over flex-antenna technologies
LISLE, Ill. July 15, 2009 - Molex Incorporated (NASDAQ: MOLX and MOLXA) today announced that it has produced its 20 millionth antenna with LDS technology since starting the production of LDS antennas in summer 2008. Laser Direct Structuring (LDS) technology offers flexibility and geometric 3D design freedom in making antenna products.
Previously used flex-antenna technologies only allowed a maximum 2.5D design of the antenna radiator. Using a 3D laser system, LDS technology allows the transfer of the antenna design from CAD data onto a molded antenna carrier or even directly onto the device structure, such as a mobile phone cover. Cosmetic surfaces of the antenna also can be achieved by using a subsequent spray painting process.
"LDS technology surpasses the physical and economic limits of conventional antenna manufacturing technologies such as flex or stamped metal," said Ellen Maassen, antenna business unit director, Molex Incorporated. "We predict that LDS will be the standard chosen antenna technology in the years to come. The entire production process - from molding to laser structuring and plastic plating - is located in one facility. Our all under one roof approach enables the highest level of quality for our LDS products. We have steadily increased our LDS capacity in the last 12 months and are adding additional capacity as we see more and more LDS applications."
For many years, Molex has been a leader in two-shot antennas. With LDS, Molex will further advance its leadership in 3D antennas, especially as both technologies can be combined.
LDS technology uses a laser beam that creates the antenna pattern on the surface of complex 3D parts molded from an LDS resin. Key advantages of the techonlogy include greater flexibility for fast design changes and the possibility of creating antenna structures on a 3D surface. LDS technology also allows customers a higher level of product integration with fewer components and lower costs. For example, multiple antennas can be directly integrated into the mechanical structure of a bigger device. Molex therefore also offers a variety of subassembly services ranging from mechanical assembly to SMT and providing a fully vertically integrated product.
For more information, please visit www.molex.com/link/lds.html.
About Molex Incorporated
Molex Incorporated is a 70-year-old global manufacturer of electronic, electrical and fiber optic interconnection systems. Based in Lisle, Illinois, USA, the company operates 45 manufacturing locations in 17 countries. The Molex website is www.molex.com.
Molex is a registered trademark of Molex Incorporated.