Product News: Electrical Equipment & Systems

Primary Surge Protector combines fast response, low capacitance.

Press Release Summary:

Primary Surge Protector combines fast response, low capacitance.

Nov 27, 2012 - Featuring solid-state circuitry, SurgeGate™ CAT6-LAN protects networked buildings and equipment within them from effects of lightning surges and power crosses. This UL 497-listed product, tested to TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association) standards, can stop lightning surge in as little as 2–5 nsec and incorporates circuitry allowing for typical capacitance of 6–8 nF. All hardware necessary for proper initial grounding installation is included.

ITW Linx, an ITW Electronic Component Solutions Company - Carol Stream, IL

Original Press Release

Patented Design of Cat6-LAN Protector from ITW Linx Provides Response Times up to 1000x Faster Than Gas Tube Technologies and up to 100x Lower Capacitance Than Alternative Solid State Protectors

Press release date: Nov 13, 2012

SurgeGate CAT6-LAN is only warranty backed protector in market featuring both UL 497 Primary Protector listing and TIA approval

CAROL STREAM , IL – ITW Linx announces the launch of its SurgeGate™ CAT6-LAN solid state primary surge protector. The technology features patented circuitry allowing the protector to provide a response time to capacitance ratio superior to any product available on the market today. The SurgeGate CAT6-LAN is also the only warranty-backed product currently available that is UL 497 listed and tested to TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association) standards- providing the greatest possible protection against expensive downtime and equipment damage.

The SurgeGate CAT6-LAN protects networked buildings and the equipment within them from the dangers of lightning surges and power crosses- the most common cause of surge damage. Lightning strikes even a few miles from a building can generate a surge which travels through aerial or buried cable to the sensitive electronic equipment. The SurgeGate CAT6-LAN protects equipment in a diverse range of networked buildings including: campuses (educational facilities, hospitals, office parks), data transaction centers (retail stores, banks, commercial buildings), and parks and recreational facilities (amusement parks, movie theaters, restaurants).

“Today the market is divided between Gas Tube and Solid State primary surge protectors each of which offers unique performance advantages and disadvantages,” explained Mo Masghati, Director, New Product Development at ITW Linx. “The SurgeGate CAT6-LAN is unique in the marketplace in that its patented design allows it to offer the faster response time benefits of solid state circuitry and the lower capacitance level typically associated with gas tube technology- bringing together the best of both worlds.”

Lightning travels at speeds of up to 224,000 miles per hour or 3,700 miles per second. To prevent lightning provoked surges from damaging equipment, solid state protectors are far superior to gas tube technology in stopping these surges in that they have response times up to 1000 times faster than gas tube technology.  Whereas the SurgeGate CAT6-LAN can stop a lightning surge in as little as 2 to 5 nanoseconds, equivalent gas tube technology can take as much as 4,000 to 5,000 nanoseconds. This makes it far more likely that gas tube technology will not respond quickly enough to avoid surge damage.

An additional advantage of solid state protectors like the SurgeGate CAT6-LAN is that their solid state circuitry has no moving parts and generates no additional heat whereas gas tube technologies require ionization chambers that generates heat up to 400°F and increases the risk of fire.

The traditional advantage of gas tube technology, its lower capacitance level for greater ease of data transmission, is closely mirrored in the new solid state SurgeGate CAT6-LAN. The technology´s patented design features special circuitry allowing for a typical capacitance of 6 to 8nF- very close to the 2 to 5nF provided by gas tube technology and significantly superior to the 1700nF provided by traditional solid state protectors.

The SurgeGate CAT6-LAN protector is the only warranty-protected CAT6 protector in the industry that has UL 497 certification and is tested to TIA standards giving end users greater piece of mind with industry-leading protection certification. ITW Linx is the only company in the industry to offer a connected equipment warranty of up to $50,000 for any damage to equipment properly protected by SurgeGate CAT6-LAN technology.

The SurgeGate CAT6-LAN also allows for easy installation and contains all hardware necessary for proper initial grounding installation.  Pricing for the SurgeGate CAT6-LAN is dependent upon size and quantity ordered and is approximately $59 per unit in production volumes.  Production lead times range from four to six weeks.

ITW Linx Contact Information
For additional information or engineering assistance:  Frank Maturo via email at or at 1-800-336-5469
In North America, EU and Asia, contact ITW Linx´s Sales Department, 425 N. Gary Avenue, Carol Stream, IL 60188 USA.  Phone: 1-800-336-5469.  Fax: (630) 315- 2151. E-mail: Web:

About ITW Linx
ITW Linx has been manufacturing lightning and surge protection products for over 25 years. The company´s US-based engineering team is devoted to designing and testing to the toughest standards in the industry. Manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and abroad to minimize time to market and maximize global presence.

ITW Linx offers a full line of lightning and surge protection products covering the breadth of the telecom, datacom and physical security markets. From rack mount solutions to pair by pair block protectors, ITW Linx provides protection solutions ranging from basic systems to cutting-edge technologies.

About the ITW Photonics Group
The ITW Photonics Group was created to bring together and build on the technical expertise of individual companies that specialize in photonics technology and span the full spectrum of wavelengths.  The group consists of:
• Lumex - LED and LCD technology
• Cal Sensors - IR Detector and Emitter technology
• Opto Diode Corp - LED, Silicon Photodiodes and Electro-Optical Assembly technology
• ITW Linx – Surge protection technology

The synergy of these industry front-runners provides an unsurpassed range of photonic capabilities within a broad spectrum of markets, including medical, military and industrial controls.  The ITW Photonics Group provides integrated solutions that encompass the technology and experience from all three business units, offering design engineers higher performance with greater feature enhancements. For more information on the ITW Photonics Group, go to