HALO Announces New Production Facility

New Factory in the Guangxi Region of China to Reduce Leadtimes and Increase Manufacturing Capacity

Santa Clara, CA (December 6th, 2013) – HALO Electronics today announced the opening of a new manufacturing facility in the Guangxi region of China. This facility provides many benefits including a stable labor force, an improved Business Continuity Plan (BCP), and the goal of reducing lead times by load balancing production between the two manufacturing facilities. The same quality system used in HALO’s Zhong Shan plant has been implemented in the new site assuring quality consistency between plants.

The new plant is now in full production producing standard catalog discrete SMD transformers and select custom products. The plant is ISO9001 certified and UL recognized for Functional Insulation transformers. “Over time, HALO will expand the production capabilities such that most HALO products can be built in this plant, further increasing the flexibility in load balancing our production requirements,” said Jeffrey Heaton, Vice President of HALO Electronics.

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Parts manufactured in the new facility will be marked with the number 6 in the lower right hand corner of the top surface of the package, as shown in the photo (right) identifying this manufacturing site
and providing the necessary traceability required for HALO’s quality systems.

Should you have any questions, please contact your local HALO representative or the HALO Sales and Marketing team nearest you.

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About HALO

HALO Electronics is a leading manufacturer of communication and power transformers and FastJacks™, Integrated RJ-45 connectors. HALO provides leading edge technology through our patented SMD construction and our goal of providing “Next Generation Solutions Today”.

HALO Prices Impacted By Higher Costs

As most of our customers understand, the labor costs in China continue to increase. Effective May 1st we experienced yet another labor cost increase of 19%. This is one of many increases over the last 3 years that has now caused our labor cost to effectively double over the same period of time. This increased labor cost not only impacts our direct costs but also has a negative effect on our raw material costs as our vendors’ labor costs have also increased at the same rate.

As well, the fluctuation in the exchange rate related to the Chinese Renminbi has further increased our costs in terms of U.S. dollars.

In an effort to minimize these cost increases HALO has been working diligently on a number of labor reduction campaigns. Streamlining production lines and increasing the level of automation wherever possible are a few of the key areas in this effort. New automation equipment has been implemented on many high volume parts and this has had the positive results we expected.

At the end of the day, those products which have higher labor content and where we have been unable to increase automation, due to industry equipment technology constraints, we will be forced to increase prices. The price increase will become effective on August 1st, 2013. We will continue to work on solving existing automation limitations in the industry with the goal of being an automation leader in the magnetics industry.

Please feel free to contact your HALO sales office, representative or franchised distributor for more information.

Court Orders a Permanent Injunction Against Pulse Electronics

On November 28th, 2012, we announced that HALO won a jury verdict in a long-running patent dispute involving our proprietary package design for surface mount magnetic components. The jury found that defendants Pulse Electronics, Inc. and Pulse Electronics, Corp. infringed three different HALO patents and found them liable for past damages.

On June 17th, 2013, the Court entered a permanent injunction prohibiting Pulse from making, using, offering to sell, or selling any infringing product within the United States or importing into the United States any infringing product. Pulse is also prohibited from actively inducing infringement of Halo Electronics Inc.’s patents by assisting others in making, using, importing, selling or offering to sell in the United States any infringing product. This injunction will become effective October 15, 2013.

HALO Electronics Inc. stands ready to support our customers for such products. Please contact the nearest HALO sales office, HALO representative or franchised distributor.

HALO Announces New Isolation Modules for the Maxim® MAX13253 DC/DC IC Push/Pull Driver

SMD isolation modules designed specifically for the Maxim MAX13253 push-pull driver

HALO is pleased to announce a new family of high efficiency DC/DC converter SMD isolation modules designed specifically for the Maxim MAX13253 push-pull driver. The TGM-H2xxV8LF series is available in 1.5KV isolation with operational insulation. The TGMR-H5xxV8LF series is footprint interchangeable providing 4.5KV isolation and reinforced insulation. All parts are ROHS Compliant and Lead Free as well as UL60950, EN60950 and DEMKO recognized.

The Maxim MAX13253 provides a high efficiency (up to 90%), low EMI solution with an input voltage of 3.0 to 5.5V and power capabilities up to 5Watts. Additional features include integrated fault protection and over-current limiting. Ideal for Isolated Field bus interfaces, Power Meter Interfaces, Medical Equipment, Isolated USB power and any Isolated Analog Front End applications. For additional MAX13253 information please contact Maxim direct at 1-888-629-4642, or visit the Maxim Integrated website at http://www.maximintegrated.com/datasheet/index.mvp/id/8081.

Transformer samples are available from stock to 3 weeks lead time. For pricing information and production lead time details please contact your local HALO representative or franchised HALO distributor. Local contact information is available at www.haloelectronics.com/company/locations/

HALO Electronics, Inc. Announces The Highest Density Transformer For Backplane Applications

HALO is pleased to announce our highest density addition to our “Backplane Transformer” series. This new part, HALO P/N TG110-BP10NYNLF can be used as a 4 port 10/100 or dual port Gigabit Ethernet backplane transformer. This new device is another example of HALO’s leadership role in next generation magnetic solutions.

As the communications industry moves to higher speed data transport over the backplane there is an ever-increasing need for higher density transformers. HALO has developed a new family of low cost transformers that greatly reduce the real estate required for single and multi-port applications.

The “BP” series provides an enhanced, reliable, alternative to “capacitor coupled” backplane circuits by enabling the Auto-MDIX and auto-negotiation features of both current-drive and voltage-drive PHYs. This family is ideal in applications where new and legacy boards are connected to the same backplane. This BP series has been tested and confirmed by leading silicon vendors such as Broadcom™ and Marvell™.

10/100 transformers are available in single and dual port configurations for daughter cards. Quad port, octal and 10 port devices are available in a single package for controller/switch boards. Gigabit solutions are available in single, dual, quad and 5 port packages.

The TG110-BP10NYNLF is RoHS compliant and Green (Lead Free). Data sheets, samples and pricing of this proprietary family of products are available under NDA (non-disclosure agreement). Samples are available from stock to 3 week lead-time. Please contact your local HALO representative or distributor for more information.

HALO Electronics Wins Jury Verdict in Patent Suit Against Pulse Electronics

HALO Electronics announced today that it won a jury verdict on November 26, 2012 in a long-running patent dispute involving its proprietary package design for surface mount magnetic components. The jury found that defendants Pulse Electronics, Inc. and Pulse Electronics, Corp. willfully infringed three different HALO patents and ordered them to pay past damages. A future remedy of an injunction or an ongoing royalty will be addressed by the Court in the coming months.

HALO’s patented technology has been widely used in the industry. There are currently five companies that have licensed HALO’s patent portfolio and are authorized to sell components using HALO’s innovative design. These companies include Bel Fuse, Inc., Elec and Eltek (USA) Corp., Wurth Electronics Midcom, Inc., XFMRS Inc., and Bourns Inc.

“We are pleased that the jury validated the strength of our intellectual property and found that Pulse willfully infringed our patents,” said Jeff Heaton, Vice President of HALO Electronics. “We remain committed to protecting and enforcing our patent rights to prevent the unauthorized sale or importation of products that use our patented technology.”