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November 8, 2006
Vectron International Launches Expanded Range of HI–REL Solutions for Space Applications

New Products and Space Qualification Demonstrate Commitment to Meeting Customers' Requirements for Improved Performance and Reliability in Demanding Environments

EX-245 MUNICH, GERMANY Vectron International, a leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of Frequency Control, Sensor, and Hybrid Product solutions, today announced the expansion of its broad space solutions portfolio with the launch of its new EX-245 evacuated miniature crystal oscillator (EMXO) series for space and hi-reliability applications, as well as the ESCC 22900 qualification of a range of its radio frequency (RF) and intermediate frequency (IF) surface acoustic wave (SAW) products. These Vectron product families now meet the complex, demanding environmental requirements of mission-critical space applications, including radio communication and navigation, satellite transmission, on board guidance systems and remote sensing, and will be showcased in Hall B5, booth 237 at electronica 2006, to be held November 14-17 in Munich, Germany.

"Vectron's heritage of providing frequency control solutions for the space market spans more than four decades, during which our engineering and manufacturing expertise has positioned the company as a leading, preferred supplier of highly reliable solutions for life-critical space applications," said Alan Mond, vice president, global sales, Vectron. "Today's expansion of our comprehensive space applications portfolio demonstrates our commitment to providing leading-edge products that meet customer demand for higher stability and lower power consumption in a smaller footprint."

EMXO provides small size, low power and high stability for high-reliability space applications
In response to rising demand for smaller, lower power products to support customers' efforts to minimize their satellite payloads, Vectron launched the EX-245 series of EMXOs, which offers superb stability, small size, low power demand and fast warm-up capability. The new series is currently being designed in by some of the world's leading satellite manufacturers to provide superior stability in a very small package volume.

Leveraging Vectron's patented EMXO technology, the EX-245 series, radiation tolerant to more than 100 kRads(Si) total dose, offers lower power consumption rates (less than 0.7 W at 25 degrees Celsius and less than 1.1 W at -40 degrees Celsius) and an impressive warm-up speed (3 minutes at 25 degrees Celsius), while providing a ten-fold improvement in stability compared to similarly-sized temperature controlled crystal oscillators (TCXOs) (up to 30 ppb). With its low profile package measuring 0.93" (W) x 1.03" (L) x 0.35" (H), the new EX-245 series also provides satellite contractors and OEMs with a smaller, lighter alternative to existing, bulky oven controlled crystal oscillators (OCXOs) traditionally used for the same applications.

Proven RF and IF SAW products now qualified for space applications
Expanding the capability of its proven SAW-based product portfolio, several families of Vectron's IF and RF SAW filters have achieved ESCC 22900 qualification after passing radiation tests according to ESCC 22900 specifications. This qualification, which assures that these products are radiation tolerant up to 100 kRads(Si), enables manufacturers of radio systems, onboard systems, satellites and other similar equipment used in space related applications to leverage the Vectron's proven SAW technology to meet the complex, HI–REL requirements of today's challenging space programs.

Vectron's space-qualified SAW filters are available in robust DIP packages or in hermitically sealed SMD packages ranging in size from 2.5 mm x 2 mm to 24 mm x 7 mm, which are available with gold-free pads to increase stability while reducing shock and vibration. The products meet low insertion loss and high stop band rejection requirements, and are able to handle input power of up to 25dBm.

Manufacturing expertise drives HI–REL space solutions
To support the highly specialized manufacturing processes required for space applications, Vectron has dedicated areas for space program manufacturing, including Class 100,000 clean rooms and Class 100 horizontal laminar work flow stations. To ensure HI–REL and performance in space, each and every Vectron manufactured device is thoroughly tested before it is delivered to ensure it meets all required electrical and environmental specifications. The company's state-of-the-art, in-house testing facilities create a simulated space environment that includes shock, vibration, humidity, temperature extremes, vacuum PIND, seal and other conditions.

Vectron's proven, high quality, HI–REL space solutions are represented in space programs for industry leaders including Lockheed/Martin, JPL, General Dynamics, Harris, Honeywell and others, and have been designed in various space, communication and earth observation satellite applications including the Mars Pathfinder, Iridium satellites and Globalstar satellite phones, as well as in various space shuttle and manned space station projects.

About Vectron International
Vectron International is a world leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of Frequency Control, Sensor, and Hybrid Product solutions using the very latest techniques in both bulk acoustic wave (BAW) and surface acoustic wave (SAW) based designs from DC to microwave frequencies. Products include crystals and crystal oscillators; frequency translators; clock and data recovery products; SAW filters and components used in telecommunications, data communications, frequency synthesizers, timing, navigation, military, aerospace and instrumentation systems. The company is headquartered in Hudson, NH and has operating facilities and sales offices in North America, Europe and Asia.