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Laird unveils colored EMI shielding gaskets

Posted: 20 Jun 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Colored EMI shielding gaskets

Laird Technologies has unveiled aesthetically colored fabric-over-foam shielding gaskets to complement the outside color of a chassis. The company said these gaskets are an alternative to standard EMI shielding options for consumer gaming products, home computers, entertainment systems and medical equipment.

Typically used in applications where the input/output connectors for video, audio or USBs are located in the front of the framework, the shielding gaskets are made from a tinted polyester film material adhered to the foam core. Metallized fabric then bonds with the parallel edges of colored polyester film material ensuring a contact path from the chassis to the component. The color range for the tinted polyester film that is laminated to the fabric is almost limitless but the typical colors include blue, red, green and gray.

"This product camouflages gaskets that traditionally are visible on the outside of the chassis, creating a visually pleasing look for consumer gaming systems, home computer and entertainment equipment and medical apparatuses," said Joe Chen, global product director, Laird Technologies.

Semico Research president Jim Feldhan said, "End users crave quicker, smaller gadgets with more power, increased functionality and plenty of style. As a result, consumer electronic content in homes and businesses is on the rise as demand heats up."

Laird said it continues to answer the call of the marketplace with its field tested patent-pending shielding gasket technology that was used to produce more than 10 million gaskets in 2005. Its easy-to-use design and low-compression forces also allow for use of lighter materials, said the company.

The products are available in a variety of sizes and custom die cuts. Prototypes, product and color samples can be obtained upon request.

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