ITW Linx announces the launch of its SurgeGate™ CAT6-LAN solid-state primary surge protector. The technology features patented circuitry allowing the protector to provide a response time to capacitance ratio.
The SurgeGate CAT6-LAN protects networked buildings and the equipment within them from the dangers of lightning surges and power crosses- the most common cause of surge damage. Lightning strikes even a few miles from a building can generate a surge, which travels through aerial or buried cable to the sensitive electronic equipment. The SurgeGate CAT6-LAN protects equipment in a diverse range of networked buildings including: campuses, data transaction centers, and parks and recreational facilities.
Solid-state protectors are far superior to gas tube technology in stopping lightning provoked surges in that they have response times up to 1000 times faster than gas tube technology. Whereas the SurgeGate CAT6-LAN can stop a lightning surge in as little as 2 to 5 nanoseconds, equivalent gas tube technology can take as much as 4,000 to 5,000 nanoseconds. This makes it far more likely that gas tube technology will not respond quickly enough to avoid surge damage.
An additional advantage of solid state protectors like the SurgeGate CAT6-LAN is that their solid state circuitry has no moving parts and generates no additional heat whereas gas tube technologies require ionization chambers that generates heat up to 400°F and increases the risk of fire.
The traditional advantage of gas tube technology, its lower capacitance level for greater ease of data transmission, is closely mirrored in the new solid state SurgeGate CAT6-LAN. The technology´s patented design features special circuitry allowing for a typical capacitance of 6 to 8nF- very close to the 2 to 5nF provided by gas tube technology and significantly superior to the 1700nF provided by traditional solid state protectors.