Overview

Cables are the backbone of every electrical system: If a cable goes down, the entire system can fail.

With four crucial factors impacting cable performance — electrical, mechanical, environmental and application-specific factors — manufacturers have to make sure their cables can last the life of the electrical system while providing outstanding signal integrity, resisting abrasion and particulation, and surviving in the most harsh environments. Whether cables are used in a spaceflight mission — where temperatures range from -200°C to +200°C — or an underground oil and gas operation, they must be built to last.

For more than 55 years, Gore has met these mission-critical challenges with cables and cable assemblies engineered for failure-free performance. Our cables are used in such critical applications as:

  • aerospace
  • cleanrooms
  • military and civil aircraft
  • oil and gas operations

As applications have evolved, so have our engineering capabilities. Gore’s very first product, released in 1958, was an insulated wire and cable used primarily in defense applications and the then-burgeoning computer industry. Today, we use our expertise in signal integrity and polymer materials technology to provide high-performance components for data centers, supercomputers, printed circuit boards and semiconductors.

The Technology Behind the Cables

In even the toughest environments, our cables stay strong. That’s because we engineer them to have optimal characteristics like small size, low weight and outstanding strength.

When designing a cable system, manufacturers can choose from a variety of materials, including:

  • ePTFE
  • polyurethane
  • polyethylene
  • polyimide
  • fluoropolymers

While each material has its benefits, it can falter in certain applications. As an example, polyimide can withstand a wide range of temperatures, but it doesn’t perform well in environments where water is present. The wrong material makeup can have catastrophic consequences.

What sets Gore cables apart is our proprietary technologies. We engineer fluoropolymers to be capable of withstanding a wide variety of environmental and mechanical challenges — maximizing benefits while eliminating risks. For instance, if abrasion or cutting-through is a risk, we can engineer fluoropolymers to have a tensile strength 50 times greater than standard PTFE. Or, in the case of extreme temperatures, we can engineer fluoropolymers to withstand temperatures up to 300°C.

Most important: We can enhance these attributes while maintaining the other favorable properties of PTFE like low coefficient of friction, chemical resistance and low outgassing.

The result is reliability, but we go beyond that. After manufacturing, we test all of our cables for environmental, mechanical, electrical and application-specific readiness to ensure they perform flawlessly in the real world. System success depends on it.


High Data Rate Cables

Gore has supplied high data rate cables and assemblies to customers in telecommunications, computing, spaceflight, and civil and military aircraft industries for more than 40 years. Gore enhances system performance by combining our unique materials and dielectric expertise. Together with industry standard and custom connector offerings, Gore develops high data rate cable solutions that enable low loss and excellent signal integrity particularly beneficial at longer transmission lengths.



Coaxial & Microwave / RF Cable Assemblies

When consistent performance over time matters, Gore's assemblies are the proven, long-lasting solution for reliable signal integrity, reduced downtime, and easier installation. Gore’s full range of coaxial and microwave/RF assemblies withstand a broad spectrum of challenges such as the wide temperature ranges of outer space, the shock and vibration of flight, and the repeated flexing and mating of test environments. Whether you need a coaxial cable or a precise high-frequency cable assembly, Gore offers a robust solution that performs reliably for the duration of your application.