Nortech Systems Launches New Active Optical Xtreme (AOX™) Solution for Machine Vision and Factory Automation

  • Hybrid fiber optic and copper USB-C cable solution delivers power, control and data over longer cable lengths
  • Improved bandwidth efficiency and data integrity over traditional multi-cable solutions
  • Ideal for applications requiring lightweight, small footprint, environmentally friendly and long range data generation devices such as image capture, vision and geo-sensitive imagery systems

Requires fewer cables, less panel and CPU space

AOX is a hybrid design technology that integrates transceivers, receivers, and fiber optics into the cable to transmit significantly more data than an equal number of copper cables.

“AOX delivers the power of traditional copper cables, plus the high-quality data of fiber optics in a single cable,” said Jay D. Miller, CEO of Nortech. “Nortech’s AOX technology is highly customizable and is designed to connect smart devices over longer distances in demanding environments such as automated factories.

Designed to optimize power supply and data integrity over longer distances, AOX offers a range of highly flexible and resilient solutions. The integrated electronics are protected by rugged and durable housing and connector arrangements. This single-cable solution reduces design complexity and streamlines the supply chain compared to cluttered multi-cable setups.

Ideal for custom and complex machine vision applications

“The rapid growth of edge computing demands long-range data and power. Our customers also understand the global ESG trend that requires risk reduction in an environmentally sustainable supply chain,” Miller said. “AOX is designed to help address these challenges by incorporating optical fiber with reductions in copper content. Fiber requires far less energy to operate throughout its life cycle and eliminates the mining processes associated with copper, while delivering dramatically increased performance. Nortech is very excited about the opportunities these innovations provide.

Adoption of AOX will accelerate through 2022 and will not materially impact Nortech’s financial results in 2022. For more information on AOX, please visit the Nortech Systems website.

About Nortech Systems Incorporated

Nortech Systems Incorporated is a leading provider of design and manufacturing solutions for complex medical electrical devices, electromechanical systems, assemblies and components. Nortech Systems primarily serves the medical, defense and industrial markets. Its design services range from concept development to commercial design, and include medical devices, software, electrical, mechanical and biomedical engineering. Its manufacturing and supply chain capabilities are vertically integrated around wire/cable/interconnect assemblies, printed circuit board assemblies, as well as end-to-end assembly, integration and testing. of the system. Based in Maple Grove, Minnesota, Nortech currently has seven manufacturing sites and design centers in the United States, Latin America and Asia. Nortech Systems is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol NSYS. The Nortech website is www.nortechsys.com.

Forward-looking statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the disclaimer of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, without limitation, statements regarding future financial results and our ability to develop technologies exclusive innovative manufacturing methods and products. Although this release is based on management’s best judgment and current expectations, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (1) supply chain disruptions resulting in parts shortages for critical components; (2) volatility in market conditions which may affect market supply and demand for the Company’s AOX products; (3) increased competition for other active optical cable (AOC) providers; and (4) Nortech’s ability to protect our AOX intellectual property rights. Certain of the above factors are described in more detail in the section entitled “Risk Factors” of our annual and quarterly reports, as applicable. You should assume that the information contained herein is accurate only as of the date hereof, or as otherwise specified, as our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects may have changed since such date.

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