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June 9, 2009
Vectron International Announces Expanded Portfolio of Oscillators Suitable for Space Applications

Customer Demand Driving Need for HI–RELiability Versions of Filters, Clocks, VCXOs, TCXOs, and OCXOs

BOSTON, MA Vectron International, a leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of Frequency Control, Sensor, and Hybrid Product solutions, today announced from the 2009 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium the availability of space-level crystals which add to its existing HI–REL space portfolio of filters, clocks, VCXOs, TCXOs and OCXOs. Space qualified crystals are now available in 4-point mount TO-5 and TO-8 packages from 3 MHz to 200 MHz. Crystals utilize either AT or doubly rotated (IT and SC) cut crystals from fundamental frequencies to 7th overtones. These space-level products will provide customers with the same high-level quality crystals which Vectron utilizes in its own HI–REL designs for space. The company will showcase these new products in Booth 807 at the 2009 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium, to be held June 9-11, 2009 in Boston, Mass.

"Vectron's 40-plus years of experience in providing premier frequency control solutions for the space industry allows us a unique level of understanding for our customers' applications for these crystals," said Dave Bail, director of product marketing, Industrial, Military and Space Business Unit, Vectron International. "Our extensive in-house capabilities allow us to control the process from cutting through fully integrated seal process to extensive custom testing and screening, which ultimately translates into a crystal that is designed and manufactured to the specific needs of our space customers."

The space-level products are manufactured in state-of-the-art cleanrooms and all testing and screening to MIL-PRF-3098 and MIL-PRF-55310 is performed internally. In-house assembly and testing allows Vectron to have tight controls on processes, traceability and schedule, while minimizing handling.

"At Vectron, we are committed to investing in R&D and working with customers to bring to market leading-edge technologies and solutions, by using our financial strength, market expertise, and state-of-the-art facilities and resources," said Greg Smolka, vice president, Industrial, Military and Space Business Unit, Vectron International. "The addition of crystal capability expands Vectron's portfolio of space offerings and provides our customers with more options for their HI–REL product needs."

Vectron's proven HI–REL space solutions are represented in many leading space programs and have been designed into 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. The company's new solutions leverage Vectron's deep space heritage to offer HI–REL versions of the full range of Vectron's offerings.

For more information on the new HI–REL space-level oscillators or other Vectron products, please contact a customer service representative at 1-88-VECTRON-1

About Vectron International
Vectron International is a world leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of frequency control, sensor, and hybrid product solutions. Vectron solves complex timing, filtering and sensor challenges by delivering customized solutions that speed time to market and offer low total cost of ownership. Vectron uses the very latest techniques in both bulk acoustic wave (BAW) and surface acoustic wave (SAW) based designs from DC to microwave frequencies. Committed to the industry's highest quality service standard and complete satisfaction, Vectron International leverages its global footprint and 50 years of experience to help customers achieve competitive differentiation and improve their bottom line. Vectron International is headquartered in Hudson, NH and has operating facilities and sales offices in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, please call 1-88-VECTRON-1.