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August 22, 2016

Methode dataMate’s High Performance Copper Transceiver G.fast Passes K.21 Testing

Chicago, IL – August 22, 2016 - dataMate, a business unit of Methode Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: MEI), a global developer of custom engineered and application specific products and solutions, today announced their G.fast SFP (Small Form Factor Pluggable) module has passed Recommendation ITU-T K.21 testing ─a test validating the transceiver’s resistibility to overvoltage and overcurrent resulting from a lightning strike. K.21 certification includes rigorous testing for various overvoltage and overcurrent scenarios and is mandatory for all telecommunications equipment attached to or installed within a customer premise.

“K.21 certification is key for the broadband service carrier community and their ability to eliminate risk associated with voltage or current surges induced by lightning strikes on or near the line plant connected to the equipment,” said Al Chiappetta, general manager of dataMate. Certification also sets the stage for early adoption by broadband service carriers and OEMs interested in adding to their portfolio and delivering gigabit data speed seen only until now by fiber optic cabling. It’s a major validation point for the carrier community who is hesitant to add new equipment without certification.” Methode developed their G.fast SFP transceiver module to help network carriers easily upgrade their installed base of Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) access connections to ITU-T G.9700 and G.9701 compliant G.fast links capable of running up to 1Gb/s over conventional telephony twisted pair cable.

Certification also provides the added assurance to customers that the module will seamlessly self-recover in the event of a strike and continue to operate at full bandwidth capacity when needed. Methode’s solution is now the industry’s most compact K.21 compliant G.fast SFP module on the market,” said Chiappetta. “We believe that ours is the most elegant, robust and best engineered G.fast SFP module available today”.

G.fast represents 30 times faster data speed for the residence or enterprise customers, and it can be rolled out, scaled and upgraded quickly in part by simply exchanging the SFP module.

For more information on the G.fast SFP Copper Transceiver, visit www.methode.com/data.

About dataMate®Methode Data Solution’s
dataMate® is a tier-one manufacturer of high performance 100Megabit through 100 Gigabit pluggable products in all of the most prevalent form factors. All are engineered to achieve data transfer rates rivaling fiber-optic speeds, while utilizing existing copper infrastructure and switch equipment. Offerings include transceivers, loopbacks and direct attached transceiver cable assemblies, which can be customized according to application. Learn more at http://www.methode.com/data/high-speed-copper-transceivers-modules.html#.VsNSbGcVHL8.

About Methode Electronics, Inc.
Methode Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: MEI) is a global developer of custom engineered and application specific products and solutions with manufacturing, design and testing facilities in China, Egypt, Germany, India, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Mexico, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. We design, manufacture and market devices employing electrical, electronic, wireless, safety radio remote control, sensing and optical technologies to control and convey signals through sensors, interconnections and controls. Our business is managed on a segment basis, with those segments being Automotive, Interface, Power Products and Other. Our components are in the primary end markets of the automobile, computer, information processing and networking equipment, voice and data communication systems, consumer electronics, appliances, aerospace vehicles and industrial equipment industries. Further information can be found on Methode's Web site http://www.methode.com.

Methode – Data Solutions Group Contact:
Media Inquiries:
Karen Allen
(469) 619-8516

Product Inquires:
Bill Freed
(916) 652-8501
bfreed@methode.com





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