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Press Release from CLIFF Electronics, 12th June 2014.


CLIFF Electronics expands space-saving range of USB data sockets


Dual and A/B changing USB sockets in an XLR shell


CLIFF Electronics announces an extension to its range of space-saving, digital XLR connectors. Mounted in an industry-standard XLR shell, the Cliff digital XLR range offers a highly efficient use of panel space and the manufacturing convenience of making the same panel cut-out for all analogue analog and digital connectors.


USB data connections to audio, broadcast, AV (audio-visual), lighting controllers, instrumentation and industrial equipment is becoming more common. Digital signal and control options are increasing and more information needs to be transferred between portable equipment, smart phones, tablets and other data storage devices which can also be powered or charged while connected.


The previous introduction of the unique Cliff dual USB2 connector provides two isolated, independent, fully USB-compliant sockets in a single, space-saving, XLR receptacle. Signal output pins are configured to facilitate either direct soldered PCB mounting or connection by header cable. CLIFF Electronics is happy to provide customers with standard or custom-designed header cables to meet individual system requirements. This connector has generated a demand for further variants.


Our new USB2 A / B changer, feed-through sockets are now available as either A-to-B, or B-to-A versions. The XLR housings are constructed from rugged zinc-nickel metal which fit the universally popular, 23.6 mm diameter, XLR panel cut-outs. These connectors can be mounted at the rear or front of a panel.


The XLR connector style body shell was selected by Cliff as it is widely used in the audio and broadcast industries. It is an industry standard panel cut-out and offers maximum panel mounting density to system designers. Cliff will soon be offering additional versions of these USB XLR sockets.


John Hall, General Manager of CLIFF Electronics, comments; “This extension of our digital XLR range is being welcomed by our customers and distributors. These are the first products from our aggressive development programme. This will include additional USB, Ethernet and other data connectors in XLR and other industry-standard shells. We welcome enquiries for customised customized data signal connector variants to suit end user applications.”.




About CLIFF Electronics.

CLIFF Electronic Components Limited was founded in 1977 to supply the music industry with connectors. Cliff has subsequently greatly expanded its’ products and services to become a high quality supplier to most professional and industrial markets. As both a manufacturer and a distributor, the expansion of its’ product range has established Cliff as a prime source for components. As a UK manufacturer, CLIFF is able to respond quickly to customer’s needs for both standard products and custom designs.


CLIFF manufactures audio, optical and power connectors and accessories, general industrial connectors, foot pedals, lighting connectors, terminal posts, connection blocks, motors and assembly aids. It can also provide a wide range of leads including audio, instrument and power.


CLIFF has extensive expertise in moulding molding and metalwork. It can provide a design, engineering and manufacturing service for the production of customised customized components and assemblies. Plastics expertise includes injection-moulding, injection-molding, blow-moulding, blow-molding, extrusion, sonic-welding and printing. Metalwork includes stamping, machining, aluminium aluminum extrusion, finishing and printing.


CLIFF has the facility to enable assembly, inspection and testing. CLIFF’s UK and Far Eastern production plants are certified to ISO 9001 and employ design, engineering, technical, marketing and sales personnel. Quality has always been of prime importance and the majority of CLIFF products are covered by approvals from organisations organizations such as UL and VDE.


For more information, please contact us.


Cliff Electronic Components Ltd.
76 Holmethorpe Avenue,
Holmethorpe Industrial Estate,

Cliff Electronic Components Ltd.
10580 N McCarran Blvd,
Suite 115-587,
NV 89503


Telephone: +44 (0)1737 771375 +1 707 746 8090

Fax: +44 (0)1737 766012 +1 707 746 8092