Overview

RELIABLE HIGH-SPEED DATA TRANSFER

As the military continues to require faster digital networks, cables must transmit data reliably at high speeds so troops can maintain communications and receive real-time tactical Intel. The industry is also moving away from proprietary networks to open-source architectures and standardized protocols, like Ethernet.

GORE Ethernet Cables are designed with speed, signal integrity and durability in mind. We offer several high-density configurations and performance lengths that support Cat5e, Cat6 and Cat6a protocols to meet your specific application needs and requirements. Available in 4 pairs, quadrax or 2 pairs, these cables provide the fast speeds, excellent signal integrity and robustness needed to support today’s digital networks and critical vectronics.

COMPACT, ROUTABLE DESIGNS

Our Ethernet cables’ compact designs offer significant size and weight reduction over competing cables. Their slender diameters are inherently lighter with more flexibility without compromising durability, signal integrity or transmission speed. They can be easily installed, retrofitted and maintained, even when space is at a premium. Maintainers will appreciate how quickly it is to install our cables, saving time and replacement costs.

Whatever configuration you pick for your application, you can be confident that GORE Ethernet Cables will perform at fast speeds without failure after routing and throughout military operations.

Features & Benefits

GORE Ethernet Cables are engineered with unique features that make them more durable against challenging environmental factors and in-vehicle conditions, including:

  • chemically inert, temperature- and abrasion-resistant, EMI shielding materials
  • slender, lightweight, highly flexible cable diameters
  • several configurations and performance lengths

Our cables provide vehicle system architects and engineers with many benefits that improve electrical, mechanical and environmental performance, like:

  • meet Cat 5e, Cat 6 and exceed Cat 6a high speed data protocol requirements
  • proven excellent signal integrity with stability after installation and over time
  • low crosstalk performance for less RF signal interference among vectronics
  • high-density constructions tolerate harsh in-vehicle and mission conditions
  • valuable weight savings with smaller, lighter weight designs
  • quick, easy routing in tight areas from greater flexibility and small bending
  • compatible with a variety of high-speed connector systems and backshells
  • selected pre-qualified samples with short lead times for prototyping and evaluation
  • low risk based on validated product performance in real-world conditions

For more information about the features and benefits of our cables, contact a Gore representative today.

4 Pairs (Cat5e/6/6a)

IMPROVED SIGNAL PERFORMANCE

Our award-winning Ethernet Cat6a version exceeds stringent protocol requirements, maintaining clear data transmission at speeds up to 10 Gb at lengths up to 80 m (262 ft). Approved to SAE AS6070™ and VG95218-31 standards, this version is also on the Qualified Products List (QPL).

Our Ethernet Cat6a cables improve signal integrity and provide additional margin that helps overcome routing issues and operational challenges. They’re proven to outperform several leading alternative cables with:

  • vastly better insertion loss to crosstalk ratio for more reliable data transmission
  • lower crosstalk and consistent impedance control at higher frequencies after routing
  • sufficient margin below the specification limit for return loss after routing
  • reduced RF interference at higher frequencies for better noise immunity and less EMI missions among vectronics
PROVEN INSTALLED PERFORMANCE
Gore’s Reduced Ethernet Cat6a Cable Diameter

Reduced cable diameter

Based on test results using a cable routing simulator that we built, our high-density Cat6a version with a multi-layer construction delivers proven installed performance compared to leading alternatives. Not only that, but our 4-pair design is 24% smaller and 25% lighter than standard designs. In fact, they’re proven to save 5.9 kg/km (13 lb per 1000 ft) in military vehicles.

PROVEN PERFORMANCE ACROSS MILITARY APPLICATIONS

GORE Ethernet Cables (4 Pairs, Cat5e/6/6a) deliver valued performance after installation and over time in many applications, like:

  • data storage
  • Ethernet backbone
  • high-definition streaming video
  • mission/radar systems
  • radio/communications systems
  • tactical links
  • vectronics digital networks

Our 4-pair version can also be terminated with a variety of leading high-speed connector systems, allowing designers to choose the best option for every application. If you have any questions or to discuss your specific application needs, contact a Gore representative today.

These values demonstrate the electrical, mechanical and environmental performance of GORE Ethernet Cables (4 Pairs, Cat5e/6/6a) for defense land systems.

Electrical Property Value
Transmission Speed Gb/s Up to 10
Standard Impedance Ohms 100 ± 10
Typical Operating Voltage V < 15
Nominal Velocity of Propagation % 80
Nominal Time Delay ns/m (ns/ft) 4.10 (1.25)
Capacitance pF/m (pF/ft) 42.6 (13.0)
Minimum Near-End Crosstalk (NEXT) dB
  at 10 MHz
  at 100 MHz
  at 500 MHz
 
59.2
52.3
42.2
Shielding Effectiveness dB > 55
Dielectric Withstanding Voltage Vrms
  Conductor-to-Conductor
  Conductor-to-Shield
 
1500
1000

 

Mechanical / Environmental Property Value
Jacket Materiala Engineered Fluoropolymer
Jacket Color White (Laser Markable)
Conductor Silver-Plated Copper/SPC Alloy
Conductor Color Coding Solid Blue & White/Blue Stripe,
Solid Orange & White/Orange Stripe,
Solid Green & White/Green Stripe,
Solid Brown & White/Brown Stripe
Dielectric Material Expanded PTFE/PTFE
Temperature Range °C -65 to +200

a Gore's Cat6a version, part number GSC-01-85237-VG includes a PU halogen-free jacket.

We invite you to download our drawings to view cable characteristics, like diameter sizes, weight and insertion loss values.

Part Number AWG Size (Stranding)
Cat6a Version
GSC-01-85237-VG 24 (19/36)
RCN8966-24 24 (19/36)
RCN9034-24 24 (19/36)
RCN8966-26 26 (19/38)
RCN9047-26 26 (19/38)
RCN9034-28 28 (19/40)
Cat5e Version
GSC-01-83471-00 24 (19/36)
GSC-01-83472-00 26 (19/38)

GORE Ethernet Cables (4 Pairs, Cat5e/6/6a) for Defense Land Systems have undergone substantial qualification testing to ensure they meet the most current industry standards and our customers’ requirements.

Fill out a short form to get samples of our prequalified cables in 48 hours for prototyping and evaluation. For more information about the qualifications of our cables and complimentary samples, contact a Gore representative today.

Construction of Gore’s Ethernet 4-Pair Cables
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Braided Shield

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Aluminized polyimide shield

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Silver-plated copper / SPC alloy conductor

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Color-coded composite dielectric

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Compact, high-density construction of GORE Ethernet Cables (4 Pairs, Cat5e/6/6a)

Quadrax (Cat5e)

ORIGINAL INNOVATIVE DESIGN

When you don’t want to use a standard 4-pair design in your vehicle system architecture, our star quadrax design is a perfect alternative to meet Ethernet Cat5e protocol requirements.

These dual differential pairs transmit continuous bi-directional signals at high speeds in a variety of applications, like radar systems, tactical links, box-to-box systems and more. Their performance is proven reliable up to 100 MHz at lengths up to 70 m (230 ft.) using size 24 AWG and 50 m (164 ft.) using size 26 AWG.

This pioneering cable geometry, which we invented originally, is lightweight and roughly 40% smaller than dual twisted pair constructions. Yet, our cables offer robustness throughout every mission and over the system's lifetime. Our star quadrax Ethernet Cat5e version is a proven reliable substitute to dual twisted pair constructions for meeting high data rate needs.

PROVEN PERFORMANCE ACROSS MILITARY APPLICATIONS

GORE Ethernet Cables (Quadrax, Cat5e) are reliable substitutes to dual twisted pair constructions for meeting high data rate needs in many applications, like:

  • box-to-box systems
  • digital camera/video systems
  • digital visual interface (DVI)
  • Ethernet backbone
  • propulsion control
  • radar/radio/communications systems
  • tactical links
  • vectronics digital networks
  • vehicle management/mission systems

Our quadrax version can also be terminated with a variety of leading high-speed connector systems and backshells, like ARINC and MIL-STD-38999 with size 8 contacts. If you have any questions or to discuss your specific application needs, contact a Gore representative today.

These values demonstrate the electrical, mechanical and environmental performance of GORE Ethernet Cables (Quadrax, Cat5e) for defense land systems.

Electrical Property Value
Transmission Speed MHz Up to 100
Standard Impedance Ohms 100 ± 10
Typical Operating Voltage V < 15
Nominal Velocity of Propagation % 80
Nominal Time Delay ns/m (ns/ft) 4.10 (1.25)
Capacitance pF/m (pF/ft) 45.0 (13.7)
Minimum Near-End Crosstalk (NEXT) dB
  at 10 MHz
  at 100 MHz
 
50.0
35.0
Dielectric Withstanding Voltage Vrms
  Conductor-to-Conductor
  Conductor-to-Shield
 
1500
1000
Mechanical / Environmental Property Value
Jacket Material Engineered Fluoropolymer
Jacket Color White (Laser Markable)
Conductor Silver-Plated Copper Alloy
Conductor Color Coding Blue/Red, Green/Yellow
Dielectric Material Expanded PTFE/PTFE
Temperature Range °C -65 to +200

We invite you to download our drawings to view cable characteristics, like diameter sizes, weight, minimum bend radii and insertion/return loss values.

Part Number AWG Size (Stranding)
GSC-03-84608-00 24 (19/36)
GSC-03-84820-00 26 (19/38)

GORE Ethernet Cables (Quadrax, Cat5e) for Defense Land Systems have undergone substantial qualification testing to ensure they meet the most current industry standards and our customers’ requirements.

  • ABD0031 (AITM 2.0005); BSS7230; FAR Part 25, Appendix F, Part I: Flammability
  • ABD0031 (AITM 3.0005); BSS7239: Toxicity
  • ABD0031 (AITM 3.0008B); BSS7238; FAR Part 25, Appendix F, Part V: Smoke Density
  • AFDX/ARINC 664, Part 7: Ethernet Networks
  • ANSI/NEMA WC 27500: Environmental Testing, Jacket and Marking
  • IEEE 802.3: Ethernet 100BASE-T/1000BASE-T (2 cables)
  • SAE AS4373™: Test Methods for Insulated Electric Wire (Contact Gore for available data)

Fill out a short form to get samples of our prequalified cables in 48 hours for prototyping and evaluation. For more information about the qualifications of our cables and complimentary samples, contact a Gore representative today.

Construction of Gore’s Ethernet Quadrax Cables
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Engineered fluoropolymer jacket

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ePTFE binder

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Silver-plated copper alloy conductor

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FEP filler

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Color-coded composite dielectric

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Braided shield

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Lightweight, robust build of GORE Ethernet Cables (Quadrax, Cat5e)

2 Pairs (Cat5e)

EXCEED CROSSTALK REQUIREMENTS

For Ethernet Cat5e protocol, our 2-pair cable is an ideal solution if you don’t want to use a 4-pair or quadrax design in your system architecture. This small, robust version preserves signal integrity, significantly exceeds crosstalk requirements and reliably carries up to 1 GHz of high-speed data.

For Ethernet 1000BASE-T performance, positioning our cables side by side gives engineers more flexibility when designing vectronics.

PROVEN PERFORMANCE ACROSS MILITARY APPLICATIONS

GORE Ethernet Cables (2 Pairs, Cat5e) are reliable substitutes to dual twisted pair constructions for meeting high data rate needs in many applications, like:

  • digital video systems
  • mission systems
  • radar/radio/communications systems
  • tactical links
  • vectronics digital networks
  • vehicle management/mission systems

Our 2-pair version can also be terminated with a variety of leading high-speed connector systems and backshells, like ARINC and MIL-STD-38999 with size 8 contacts. If you have any questions or to discuss your specific application needs, contact a Gore representative today.

These values demonstrate the electrical, mechanical and environmental performance of GORE Ethernet Cables (2 Pairs, Cat5e) for defense land systems.

Electrical Property Value
Transmission Speed GHz Up to 1
Standard Impedance Ohms 100 ± 10/-5
Typical Operating Voltage V < 15
Nominal Velocity of Propagation % 80
Nominal Time Delay ns/m (ns/ft) 4.10 (1.25)
Capacitance pF/m (pF/ft) 41.0 (12.5)
Minimum Near-End Crosstalk (NEXT) dB
  at 10 MHz
  at 100 MHz
 
59.2
52.3
Dielectric Withstanding Voltage Vrms
  Conductor-to-Conductor
  Conductor-to-Shield
 
1500
1000
Mechanical / Environmental Property Value
Jacket Material Engineered Fluoropolymer
Jacket Color White (Laser Markable)
Conductor Silver-Plated Copper/SPC Alloy
Conductor Color Coding Solid Green & White/Green Stripe,
Solid Orange & White/Orange Stripe
Dielectric Material Expanded PTFE/PTFE
Temperature Range °C -65 to +200

We invite you to download our drawing to view cable characteristics, like diameter size, weight and insertion loss values.

Part Number AWG Size (Stranding)
RCN9133-26 26 (19/38)

GORE Ethernet Cables (2 Pairs, Cat5e) for Defense Land Systems have undergone substantial qualification testing to ensure they meet the most current industry standards and our customers’ requirements.

  • ABD0031 (AITM 2.0005); BSS7230; FAR Part 25, Appendix F, Part I: Flammability
  • ABD0031 (AITM 3.0005); BSS7239: Toxicity
  • ABD0031 (AITM 3.0008B); BSS7238; FAR Part 25, Appendix F, Part V: Smoke Density
  • ANSI/NEMA WC 27500: Environmental Testing, Jacket and Marking
  • ANSI/TIA 568-C.2: Performance Requirements
  • IEEE 802.3: Ethernet 100BASE-T/1000BASE-T (2 cables)
  • SAE AS4373™: Test Methods for Insulated Electric Wire (Contact Gore for available data)

Fill out a short form to get samples of our prequalified cables in 48 hours for prototyping and evaluation. For more information about the qualifications of our cables and complimentary samples, contact a Gore representative today.

Construction of Gore’s Ethernet 2-Pair Cables
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Engineered fluoropolymer jacket

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Braided shield

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Aluminized polyimide shield

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Silver-plated copper / SPC alloy conductor

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Color-coded composite dielectric

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Smaller Form Factor of GORE Ethernet Cables (2 Pairs, Cat5e)

Cable Routing Simulator

TESTING IN REAL-WORLD CONDITIONS

Bend Radius Simulator

Gore has been a long-time supporter of testing our products extensively to show how reliably they perform in real-world conditions before launching them to market. We designed a cable routing simulator to evaluate the effects of severe bending on high-speed data cables while being routing through vehicle hulls and shelters.

Testing characteristics like return loss and crosstalk after routing through the simulator verifies whether a cable can withstand complex installation challenges that can degrade signal integrity and lead to failures over time. Now, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and maintainers can be sure they’re getting a robust Ethernet cable that delivers superior performance after installation and over the vehicle’s lifetime.

View the catalog/data sheet for more detailed information about our cable routing simulator and the test results comparing our 4-pair Cat6a version to a leading alternative cable.

More Information

Available in several designs to meet Cat5e, Cat6 and Cat6a protocols, GORE Ethernet Cables are the proven solutions for the military’s advanced mobile digital networks. For more information or to discuss your specific application needs, contact a Gore representative today.

If you’re ready to order our cables in 4 pairs, quadrax or 2 pairs, contact one of our defense wire and cable distributors. You can also request prequalified samples, which are complimentary and available within 48 hours.

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