ZIF Style Circuit Card Retainers suit rugged environments.

Press Release Summary:

Featuring quick ¼ turn locking action, ZIF Prime meets Military Standard 810 vibration/shock test performance. Uniform clamping pressure eliminates hot spots, creating uniform heat transfer, and ZIF characteristics are unaffected by adverse environments. Designed for .031, .050, .084, .093, and .125 in. thick circuit boards, retainers exhibit thermal resistance as low as 0.9°C/W/in. of retainer length. ZIF provides visual indication that rods are in open/closed position.

Original Press Release:

CTS Introduces New Circuit Card Retainers for Rugged Environments

Elkhart, IN...CTS Corporation (NYSE: CTS) a global leader in the design and manufacture of electronic components today announced the introduction of ZIF Prime, its new line of ZIF Style Circuit Card Retainers for Ruggedized Environments in an industry-standard footprint.

CTS' new ZIF Prime is more cost effective than typical "wedge style" solutions and maintains Military Standard 810 vibration and shock test proven performance. The ZIF Prime comes with all the design features incorporated into our existing ZIF III Circuit Card Retainer.

Features include:
  • Quick ¼ turn locking action
  • Thermal resistances as low as 0.9° C per watt per inch of retainer length
  • Uniform clamping pressure eliminates hot spots, creating uniform heat transfer
  • Designed for circuit board thickness (inches): .031, .050, .084, .093 and .125
  • ZIF characteristics are unaffected by adverse environments typically encountered in military and industrial applications
  • ZIF provides a visual indication that the rods are in the "open" or "closed" position relative to the position of the drive assembly

    The ZIF Prime is patent pending, fully Mil Standard 810 compliant.

    Additional information on this new ZIF Prime rugged PCB retainer, as well as other ZIF models, can be found on the CTS Web site, ctscorp.com/components/heat_sinks.asp#Military, or contact Tim Coyne at 520-572-5061.

    About CTS Electronic Components
    CTS Electronic Components is a leading provider of engineered electronic components used in communications, medical, defense and aerospace, industrial and computer applications for OEMs and Contract Manufacturers worldwide. The Company has manufacturing locations in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Tucson, Arizona; Nogales, Mexico; Singapore; Zhongshan and Tianjin, China; and Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

    About CTS
    CTS is a leading designer and manufacturer of electronic components and sensors and a provider of electronics manufacturing services (EMS) to OEMs in the automotive, computer, communications, medical, defense and aerospace and industrial markets. CTS manufactures products in North America, Europe and Asia. CTS' stock is traded on the NYSE under the ticker symbol "CTS."

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