Gore Announces Strategic Alliance With Quellan, Inc.

    ELKTON, Md., Sept. 27 /CNW/ -- W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore), a global
leader in providing high technology solutions for the electronics industry,
announced today it has entered into a strategic alliance that includes an
equity investment in Quellan, Inc., a leader in low power analog noise
cancellation ICs.
    Quellan brings to Gore their patented Q:Active(TM) analog noise
cancellation technology. When combined with Gore's unique dielectric materials
and GORE(TM) EYE-OPENER +(R) Conductor Technologies, together they provide
today's mega data centers with one of the thinnest and lightest active copper
cables in the market to deliver exceptional signal fidelity over longer
distances in the smallest cross-sectional area. The GORE(TM) Extended Reach
DDR Cable Assemblies more than triple the reach of double data rate
InfiniBand(TM) cables as well as reduce the size and weight for enhanced
flexibility and ease of routing.
    "We are excited to invest in Quellan," states Eric Gaver, business unit
leader for Gore's commercial high data rate cabling products. "Our roadmaps
are well aligned. Through our collaboration with Quellan, we'll continue to
yield an innovative family of products that offer a low risk approach for
minimizing cable bundle size and power consumption, while bridging the reach
gap for massively clustered HPC systems for generations to come. Due to the
high degree of similarity that exists between our legacy passive assemblies
and newer "Active" InfiniBand assemblies, we leverage our existing supply
chain and our established manufacturing base in China and Mexico to meet the
demands of our customers."
    "In addition to the benefits that we expect to gain in the commercial
markets, I'm very excited about the provision in our agreement that enables us
to assess and leverage Quellan's unique noise cancellation technology into
other Gore products targeting a broader range of segments within the
electronics market," says Russell Shaller, global division leader for Gore's
Electronic Products Division. "I believe that through technical collaboration,
combinatorial effects of Gore's electronic materials expertise coupled with
Quellan's technology, we can add significant value to the broad range segments
in which Gore participates."
    Gore is a world leader in electronic signal transmission, and noise
inhibits the speed and distance of electronic signal transmission", said Tony
Stelliga, CEO of Quellan.  "By combining Quellan noise cancellation with
Gore's transmission products, computing equipment will run faster, cooler and
consume less power -- all winning factors for their customers."
    About W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Founded in 1958, W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) has parlayed its unique
technical capabilities into hundreds of diverse products and is world-renowned
for its expertise in configuring the remarkably versatile polymer PTFE. This
has resulted in numerous products for electronic signal transmission; fabric
laminates; medical implants; as well as membrane, filtration, sealant, and
fiber technologies for diverse industries. With over $2 billion in sales, the
company is headquartered in Delaware in the US and employs more than 7,000
associates at 45 facilities throughout the world. Gore is one of only five
companies included in every selection of Fortune Magazine's "100 Best
Companies to Work For" since the list began in 1984. Gore has also been cited
among the "Best Places to Work" in Germany, Italy and Scotland. For more
information, please call 800-445-4673, +1-302-292-5100, +49-91-44-6010, or
visit http://www.gore.com.
    About Quellan, Inc.
    Quellan specializes in analog components that improve the performance and
functionality of electronic equipment by removing channel impairments and
noise. Quellan serves the Enterprise, Telecom, Broadcast, Automotive and
Consumer Electronics markets. Privately held, Quellan's investors include
Menlo Ventures, Cordova Ventures and Samsung Ventures Investment Corporation.
For more information, call 408-774-0084 or visit http://www.quellan.com.
    GORE(TM) and  EYE-OPENER+(R)  are trademarks of W. L. Gore & Associates,
    InfiniBand(TM) is a trademark of the InfiniBand Trade Association.
    Q:Active(TM) is a trademark of Quellan, Inc.

For further information:

For further information: Kathryn R. Vogel, EPD Marketing Leader of W. L.
 Gore & Associates, Inc., +1-410-506-4569, krvogel@wlgore.com Web Site:
http://www.gore.com                  http://www.quellan.com

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