BY MAJEED AHMAD

Keystone Electronics Corp. has unveiled a series of connectors that are IP68-rated for underwater, dust, and other harsh environments and are fully compliant with IEEE and IEC standards. The company is mainly targeting these waterproof connectors at the 100Base-T Fast Ethernet applications.

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The underground and underwater cable connections demand far more reliability and ruggedness due to their use in locations that are hard to access on a regular basis. The newly released family of connectors — encompassing RJ45 jacks and sockets — are rated for 125 VAC RMS and can endure a minimum of 500 insertion cycles.

Moreover, amid a variety of design applications required in the networking domain, Keystone provides a number of mounting and port size options. That, for instance, includes an RJ45 plug housing as well as waterproof cable jack cover and connector assembly.

Keystone also boasts an in-house application engineering team for aiding customers in product modifications and carrying out specific design work. Keystone, an ISO-9001:2008-certified company, complies with the RoHS standards and is headquartered in Astoria, NY.

Furthermore, the maker of connectors and cable assemblies has sales offices in Asia, Australia, Canada, and Europe.