ZMA Bayonet Connectors Reduce Cable Breakage & Improve Testing Reliability

Telecommunications, Aircraft and Military Depend on MegaPhase’s ZMA For Rapid, Accurate Manufacturing Production

Stroudsburg, PA – July 1, 2009 — Finally high volume cell phone manufacturers in China and throughout the world are reducing production downtime with MegaPhase ZMA connected test cables. The ZMA Series precision coaxial connectors reduce annual cable replacement rates from six per year to practically none by using bayonet coupling connectors instead of threaded connectors. Now cell phone manufacturers eliminate production points of failure caused by poor or failed testing results from rapidly-deteriorated test cable connections. With rapid coupling and de-coupling, threaded connectors too often fail from over tightening, and at best produce inconsistent test results from either under or over tightening. Manufacturers such as Sprint-Nextel have switched to MegaPhase’s ZMA bayonet-style connectors because of their excellent mechanical stability and improved accuracy of test results. The ZMA connectors have reduced production time in coupling and decoupling bringing down their labor costs.

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The ZMA bayonet coupling connectors offer many critical advantages over standard threaded connectors. Since the connectors can easily be mated and de-mated by hand with a quarter turn, no torque wrenches are needed, making it ideal for applications where space is tight. The connectors are “keyed” with lugs in 2-, 3- or 4-lug styles. Since the MegaPhase ZMA connectors provide a high coupling force, they are ideal for extreme vibration applications where insufficient room is available for spring loaded blindmate panels.

“MegaPhase’s ZMA connectors are currently used in telecommunications, aircraft applications, and military systems,” notes Bill Pote, president of MegaPhase. He explains, “With lower labor costs and less interruption in the production line, telecommunications manufacturers have achieved significant financial returns from their ZMA connected test equipment.”

For applications such as antenna systems, this connector provides excellent mechanical stability and eliminates the need for lock wiring in high vibration environments where space is limited. In test systems, this connector provides a fast and accurate method for continuous connects and disconnects.

MegaPhase also offers a full line of in-series and between-series adapters, including SMA, through 18 GHz.

About MegaPhase, LLC — MegaPhase is an ISO-9001:2008 certified privately-held company that designs, manufactures and sells RF/Microwave coaxial cable, cable assemblies, connectors and RF components through 70 GHz. Located in Stroudsburg, PA, MegaPhase customers include OEMs in instrumentation, broadband networking, wireless communications, semiconductor, advanced microwave and optical electronic systems, space and defense. MegaPhase products include GrooveTube® test cables, semi-rigid and flexible coaxial cables for advanced systems, test adapters and coaxial connectors. MegaPhase’s broadband and high frequency interconnect technologies include coaxial cables have been used reliably to test smart phones, transmit signals on the US Navy’s new AWACS E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, Agilent’s new FireFox® handheld analyzers, and many other high-profile projects.

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