Gore teams with Quellan to provide active data cabling

Sept. 28, 2007
September 28, 2007 -- The companies aim to offer large data centers ultra-thin, ultra-light active copper cables that deliver superior signal fidelity over long distances.

September 28, 2007 -- W. L. Gore & Associates has entered into a strategic alliance that includes an equity investment in Quellan, Inc., a provider of low power analog noise cancellation ICs.

"We are excited to invest in Quellan," comments Eric Gaver, business unit leader for Gore's commercial high data rate cabling products. "Through our collaboration, we'll continue to yield an innovative family of products that offer a low risk approach for minimizing cable bundle size and power consumption, while bridging the reach gap for massively clustered HPC systems for generations to come."

Quellan brings to Gore its patented Q:Active analog noise cancellation technology. Combining the Quellan technology with Gore's dielectric materials and Eye-Opener + conductor technologies, the companies aim to offer large data centers ultra-thin, ultra-light active copper cables that deliver superior signal fidelity over long distances within small cross-sectional areas.

"Due to the high degree of similarity that exists between our legacy passive assemblies and newer 'active' InfiniBand assemblies, we'll leverage our existing supply chain and our established manufacturing base in China and Mexico to meet the demands of our customers," continues Gaver.

Gore claims that its existing extended reach DDR cable assemblies already more than triple the reach of double data rate InfiniBand cables, as well as reduce the size and weight for enhanced flexibility and ease of routing.

"In addition to the benefits that we expect to gain in the commercial markets, I'm very excited about the provision in our agreement that enables us to assess and leverage Quellan's unique noise cancellation technology into other Gore products targeting a broader range of segments within the electronics market," says Russell Shaller, global division leader for Gore's electronic products division.

"By combining Quellan noise cancellation with Gore's transmission products, computing equipment will run faster, cooler and consume less power, all winning factors for their customers," adds Tony Stelliga, CEO of Quellan.

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