MANHASSET, NY -- Gore has created a new business unit, Gore Portable Electronic Vents, to concentrate on solutions to protect portable devices from water, dust and dirt ingress while maintaining the integrity of sound transmission.
The business unit will help OEM customers maintain sound quality and protect sensitive electronics in cell phones, laptop/tablet PCs, two-way radios and other handheld and portable electronic devices.
Gore venting solutions use high transmission materials using unique ePTFE (expanded polytetraflouroethylene) technology which prevents contaminants from entering, while preserving sound transmission quality. Dust, splash and immersion protection that meets a range of IP standards up to IP68.
“We not only help OEMs meet standards, but with our ongoing technology improvements and enhanced focus on portable electronics, Gore can actually assist in the development of new device standards for products where technology and market requirements are rapidly changing,” Gore associate Victor Lusvardi, global business leader for the new Portable Electronic Vents unit.
The company has also announced it has developed new testing protocols that more effectively match the environmental conditions to which the venting materials are exposed, which results in consistent testing results.
The current testing outlined in the International Standard IEC60529 only evaluates the performance of acoustic vents after the device is completely designed and assembled.
Engineers often want to evaluate the performance of different materials and housing designs While developing audio devices, to determine what combination is best for their specific applications.
"These protocols allow us to collaborate with our customers during their design process to ensure that our venting materials provide the appropriate protection without compromising sound quality," said Cherish Wilford, Gore’s application engineer for portable electronics.
Seems like a good move... Gore has a good reputation for breathable patches for venting moisture out from outdoor electronic enclosures (their handy design calculator for patch type and size, vent openings for a given enclosure volume is neat!).
What is needed is a good solution for keeping dust out of portable devices...
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