Our History of Innovation

Explore centuries of engineering breakthroughs
by TE Connectivity

ROPES – FORERUNNER OF CABLES

1794

ROPES – FORERUNNER
OF CABLES

TE's Rochester Wire & Cable product line (formerly the Rochester Corporation) makes ropes from manila and other fibers. Innovations led to the manufacture of steel ropes in the 1900s. Today, TE designs and manufactures a wide range of cables, including electro-optical cables, for a vast array of applications.

ROPES – FORERUNNER OF CABLES

1934

HIGH-PERFORMANCE RELAYS
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HIGH-PERFORMANCE RELAYS

Elbert Potter and Richard Brumfield build a relay for their timer control device, using better contact geometry and contact wiping action to dramatically improve performance. Today, TE's Potter & Brumfield product line includes many different types of relays as well as circuit breakers.

CRIMPING TECHNOLOGY

Before AMP becomes part of TE, the company's engineers use a mechanical crimp process to create the solder-less electrical terminal that revolutionizes electrical connections. Repeatable, consistent termination and increased productivity have arrived.

1941

CRIMPING TECHNOLOGY

1950

RADIATION CHEMISTRY
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RADIATION CHEMISTRY

Paul Cook, founder of Raychem, a core product line for TE, develops a way to use precisely controlled radiation to produce wire insulation materials. An early achievement: the first successful use of a high-energy electron accelerator in a production setting. Now polymers are stronger, resist abrasion and perform better in high temperatures. These breakthroughs pave the way for future technologies such as PolySwitch PPTC devices.

1952

SLOTTED BEAM TERMINATION
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SLOTTED BEAM TERMINATION

TE's AMP introduces slotted beam termination (Insulation Displacement Technology) to the telephone industry in the form of the PICABOND splice. This significantly reduced the time required to splice telephone lines in the field by eliminating the need to pre-strip insulated wires and led the way for "Mass Termination" of multiple position connectors. Today, these mass terminated connectors are used in electronic devices ranging from televisions & computers to household appliances and instrumentation.

STRIP TERMINALS

1954

STRIP TERMINALS

Electrical terminals in a continuous strip form are introduced by TE’s AMP and paired with automatic crimping machines. Production rates increase dramatically.

1955-56

TRANSATLANTIC TELEPHONE CABLE
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TRANSATLANTIC TELEPHONE CABLE

The first transatlantic telephone cable system, TAT-1, is created. It supports 36 analog telephone circuits simultaneously and does not experience a single component failure in the two decades it operates. TE's Subsea Communications business is part of that success and, in the subsequent years, lays enough fiber-optic cable on the ocean floor to circle the earth 12 times.

HEAT-SHRINK TUBING

1957

HEAT-SHRINK TUBING
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HEAT-SHRINK TUBING

Innovative heat-shrink tubing is first offered by Raychem. Made of thermoplastic material, heat-shrink is used to insulate wires and provide abrasion resistance. Now conductors, connections, joints and terminals are protected from harsh environments. TE continues to be a leader in heat-shrink tubing through its Raychem technology.

1960

COAXIAL ANALOG CABLE
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COAXIAL ANALOG CABLE

With the founding of Western Electric's Inc.'s special-purpose undersea repeater factory, coaxial analog cable systems are poised for growth. Working with TE (through its predecessor companies) and AT&T Bell Labs, they invent and implement SD analog technology enabling bi-directional transmissions for increased bandwidth. The third transatlantic telephone cable, TAT-3, allows simultaneous transmission of 148 circuits. Over the next two decades, the frequency spectrum expands with SF coaxial cable supporting 845 circuits used in the TAT-5, and SG coaxial cable supporting 4,000 circuits, used in TAT-6 and TAT-7.

KILOVAC HIGH-VOLTAGE
RELAY

The age-old art of glass blowing is used to produce our KILOVAC high-voltage relays. To this day, skilled glass blowers are used to make hermetically sealed relays for defibrillators, the space station and other applications where reliability is critical.

1964

KILOVAC HIGH-VOLTAGE RELAY

1972

SIDEWINDER FUSE
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SIDEWINDER FUSE

Our Laser Diode products include the first military-qualified laser used on the Sidewinder Missile fuse to detect the target and fire the charge. This innovative fuse is immune to electronic jamming.

1975

FIBER-OPTIC CONNECTOR
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FIBER-OPTIC CONNECTOR

The first fiber-optic connector is introduced under the AMP name. The ingenious design features the first use of a plastic ferrule to precisely position the fiber in the connector. Less fiber breakage, lower cost.

1976

MASS TERMINATION TECHNIQUE
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MASS TERMINATION TECHNIQUE

The AMP line introduces a new generation of connectors to mass-terminate multiple contacts in one simple step. Customers now have the potential to reduce manufacturing labor costs by 90%.

DIP SWITCH

TE engineers package 12 on-off switches in compact housing, offering easy programming directly on a printed circuit board. The technology is first used in vending machines.

1983

DIP SWITCH
SUBSCRIBER LINE INTERFACE

1984

SUBSCRIBER LINE INTERFACE
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SUBSCRIBER LINE INTERFACE

TE's Raychem line develops a Subscriber Line Interface Card (SLIC), a significant advantage in efficiency and reliability.

1984

ULTRA-MINI COAXIALS
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ULTRA-MINI COAXIALS

A new standard in ultra-miniature coaxial cable is achieved by our Precision Interconnect line. Dozens of cables can now be bundled in highly flexible assemblies, leading to the sonogram and other diagnostic procedures.

1985

DIGITAL CROSS-CONNECT SYSTEM
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DIGITAL CROSS-CONNECT SYSTEM

Before ADC became part of TE, it launched the revolutionary DSX digital cross-connect system to handle the growing demands of telecommunications networks without time-consuming manual processes. This leads to lower costs and greater flexibility.

TRANSATLANTIC FIBER OPTICS

1985

1988

TRANSATLANTIC FIBER OPTICS

TE's Subsea Communications business installs the first fiber-optical system in the Canary Islands and, in 1988, the first transatlantic fiber-optical voice-and-data-transmission system.

LASER-PULSED FIBER OPTICS

TE installs the first successful transoceanic fiber-optic transmission using laser-pulsed light with a wavelength of 1.5 micros. By increasing usable bandwidth, the door opens to higher-capacity transmissions. In 1992, TE invents the all-optical amplifier for the SL2000 system, eliminating signal bottlenecks and allowing significantly more data to be transmitted on a single optical fiber.

1991

1992

1993

MOTORSPORT CONNECTORS
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MOTORSPORT CONNECTORS

TE's DEUTSCH line develops the first dedicated range of connectors for motorsport applications, providing a major weight savings for Formula One teams.

1995

USB CONNECTOR
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USB CONNECTOR

TE was part of the consortium that developed the first USB connector and its specification. TE’s very own design was selected as the standard connector.

1999

GEL-SEALED CONNECTORS
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GEL-SEALED CONNECTORS

TE introduces the Gel H frame-connector box and Gel in-line splice products for the energy industry. They provide an alternative to tape and heat shrink tubing, offering excellent sealing properties and corrosion protection.

2000

TRANSOCEANIC IP PACKET TRANSPORT
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TRANSOCEANIC IP PACKET TRANSPORT

TE has been optimizing DWDM-optically-amplified systems to now operate from 10 to 100 gigabits-per-second. The company has dramatically increased its capabilities to transmit up to 150 wavelengths per fiber pair. Coupled with the capability to install systems with 8 fiber pairs, the total capacity of a system can now reach 120 terabits.

CUSTOMIZABLE CIRCUIT PATHS

2002

CUSTOMIZABLE CIRCUIT PATHS

TE develops a new high-density, high-speed connector for use in computer, networking and communications equipment. The innovative design utilizes robust printed circuit board wafers, non-bendable and customizable.

SUBSCRIBER LINE INTERFACE

2003

COMPACT FIBER-OPTIC CONNECTOR
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COMPACT FIBER-OPTIC CONNECTOR

TE develops the first fiber-optic connector with 72 fibers in a single compact housing — previously thought impossible by industry engineers. It's a marvel of engineering not much larger than our original single-fiber connector.

2007

RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TECHNOLOGY
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RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TECHNOLOGY

As Radio Frequency Identification technology revolutionizes inventory and supply-chain processes, TE introduces RFID labels with embedded antennas and semiconductors. Solutions now include transmitters, readers, encoders, antennas and software.

2010

SENSOR TECHNOLOGY
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SENSOR TECHNOLOGY

As mobile devices and the Internet of Things take off, TE is at the forefront of the growth of advanced sensor technology. Today, TE sensors are developed for a range of industries including medical devices, industrial equipment, automotive and consumer products.

SENSOR TECHNOLOGY

2011

REAL-TIME NETWORK KNOWLEDGE
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REAL-TIME NETWORK KNOWLEDGE

TE embeds microchips in its copper-and-fiber-cabling system, providing real-time network knowledge for enhanced reporting and security. The new technology results in higher network availability and lower operating costs.

SPACE-WORTHY RELAY

2012

SPACE-WORTHY RELAY
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SPACE-WORTHY RELAY

For the Mars Rover Curiosity, NASA needs a compact, lightweight relay to withstand the harsh Martian environment. Reliability is necessary because repair is impossible. TE partners with NASA to develop a 5,000-volt device that switches 35 amps — amazing power in a switch no bigger than a roll of dimes.

2012

CONNECTING IN HARSH ENVIRONMENTS
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CONNECTING IN HARSH ENVIRONMENTS

TE's DEUTSCH product line is added, including wires, connectors, contacts and accessories that perform in the harshest environments in the world. Applications include defense, marine, industrial, transportation and aerospace.

2013

MINIATURIZED VEHICLE CONNECTORS
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MINIATURIZED VEHICLE CONNECTORS

With more and more electronics in cars, there’s a need for smaller components. TE develops the NanoMQS line of terminals and connectors to meet that challenge by dramatically reducing the footprint on the printed circuit board while providing resistance to vibration.

MINIATURIZED VEHICLE CONNECTORS
ALUMINUM WIRING FOR AUTOS

2014

ALUMINUM WIRING FOR AUTOS
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ALUMINUM WIRING FOR AUTOS

TE introduces LITEALUM wire-crimp termination technology, allowing automakers to connect aluminum wires to standard, proven terminals inside vehicles. Changing from copper to aluminum reduces vehicle weight for greater fuel efficiency and fewer CO2 emissions.

 

LEADER IN SENSOR SOLUTIONS
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LEADER IN SENSOR SOLUTIONS

Through our acquisition of Measurement Specialties and American Sensor Technologies, TE expands its sensor technologies and offers the broadest range of sensor and connectivity solutions — from pressure, position, force and vibration to temperature and humidity.

RUGGED SENSORS