Patton unveils RoHS-compliant G.703/G.704 IDC Krone baluns

July 17, 2006 -- The company's RoHS-compliant Model 430 single-port E1/E2 balun series is designed to provide easy coaxial/twisted-pair conversion for high-density G.703/G.704 installations.

Patton Electronics, a provider of network access and connectivity platforms, has unveiled its latest G.703/G.704 balun product line. The company's "ultra-miniature" Model 430 single- port E1/E2 IDC Krone balun series complies with the European Union's (EU's) recently enacted Restrictions on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive.

The company contends that the tiny, single-port baluns can cut costs in telecom environments by providing conversion from expensive coaxial cable to lower-cost copper twisted pairs. The company says the baluns ultra-miniature size conserves space in central office locations by facilitating high density installation within a digital distribution frame (DDF).

According to the company, the Model 430 features 3-pole Krone-type insulation displacement connectors (IDC) that install quickly and easily. No special tools are required to strip, screw, or solder the copper wire. The balun series offers a range of industry-standard coaxial connectors, including male and female versions of BNC, Type 43, 1.6/5.6, and 1.0/2.3.

In addition to physical interface conversion, the company says the baluns provide electrical impedance matching between 75-Ohm coaxial and 120-Ohm copper conductors, with transparent bi-directional signal conversion at speeds ranging from 2 to 8 Mbit/sec. No AC or DC power is required.

Up to 32 baluns can be mounted in the company's Model 430R panel, which is designed for installation in a standard 19-inch telecom equipment rack. The fully shielded baluns can also be cable-mounted.

Along with the new balun series, the company recently announced that its Model 460F (dual-E1 balun) and Model 460RC/16/F (16-port dual-E1 modular balun rack) are also RoHS compliant.

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