Overview

According to our independent studies and research, globally more than 75% of microwave/RF assemblies are frequently replaced because of damage during installation or operation. That’s a high percentage of assembly failure that involves taking the aircraft out of service, extra labor to replace assemblies, and more money that can add up fast! With more passengers traveling these days for business or leisure, the industry needs avionics to operate reliably and aircraft to remain in service longer.

Proven Performance & Reliability

GORE Microwave/RF Assemblies ensure optimal electrical and mechanical performance consistently for the duration of the aircraft. They deliver dependable signal integrity for superior radio frequency up to 32 gigahertz (GHz) in Ka/Ku-Band applications.

Our assemblies are also proven to provide outstanding shielding effectiveness with excellent insertion/return loss for less RF interference among multiple satellite communications systems. Since the connector choice determines a specific assembly’s shielding effectiveness, we offer an assortment of connectors designed specifically to complement assembly performance, minimizing loss and reflection for optimized signal transmission.

But that’s not all. We combine durability in a small, low-weight construction so that mechanical strength isn't compromised. Our assemblies ensure high-quality signals in harsh environments, like complex routing, maintenance activities, and flight conditions. Their smaller size also means more flexibility, so aircraft maintainers will find them easy to route — particularly for conduit installation or in areas that require little to no maintenance activity.

GORE Microwave/RF Assemblies are proven to maintain high-quality signals with proven shielding effectiveness for longer service life, less downtime, and fewer total costs.

Durable, compact construction of GORE Microwave/RF Assemblies
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Durable, compact construction of GORE Microwave/RF Assemblies

Applications

GORE Microwave/RF Assemblies are engineered to perform reliably in commercial airborne applications, including:

  • Ka-Band SATCOM antennas
  • Ku-Band SATCOM antennas

If you have any questions or to discuss your specific application needs, please contact a Gore representative.

Benefits

GORE Microwave/RF Assemblies provide system architects and engineers with many benefits that improve electrical and mechanical performance such as:

  • dependable signal integrity for superior radio frequency up to 32 GHz
  • outstanding shielding effectiveness with excellent insertion/return loss
  • greater mechanical strength that tolerates harsh aerospace environments
  • easy installation due to smaller diameters with greater flexibility and tight bend radius
  • low-weight assembly for improved fuel efficiency and increased cargo
  • longer system life for less downtime and lower total costs
  • robust, low-profile connector options for increased design flexibility
  • proven performance with approved aerospace materials through qualification testing

For more information about the benefits of our assemblies, please contact a Gore representative.

Properties

These values demonstrate the electrical, mechanical and environmental performance of GORE Microwave/RF Assemblies.

Download the catalog/data sheets for more technical information, including qualifications, connector options and ordering information.

Electrical Propertya Cable Type
  5H G5 8W
Maximum Frequency (GHz) 32 18 18
Optimized Frequency (GHz) 17.5 – 22.0
27.0 - 32.0
DC-18 DC-18
Guaranteed VSWR (dB through Max Frequency)
  Straight-to-Straight Connector
  Straight-to-Right Angle Connector
  
1.35:1
1.4:1
  
1.35:1
1.4:1
  
1.35:1
1.4:1
Typical Insertion Loss (dB/m [dB/ft]) 1.53 (0.47) 1.13 (0.34) 0.75 (0.23)
Attenuation at Max Frequency (dB/m [dB/ft]) 1.58 (0.48) 1.06 (0.32) 0.63 (0.19)
Typical Phase Stability (Degree) +/- 5.0 +/- 2.0 +/- 15.0
Typical Amplitude Stability (dB) 0.05 < +/- 0.05 < +/- 0.05
Standard Impendence (Ohms) 50 ± 1
Velocity of Propagation (Nominal) (%) 85
Time Delay (Nominal) (ns/m [ns/in]) 3.94 (0.10)
Capacitance (pF/m [pF/ft]) 72.7 (22.1) 80.3 (24.4) 78.6 (24.0)
Shielding Effectiveness (dB through Max Frequency) 101 > 100 > 100
Dielectric Constant (Nominal) 1.4
Dielectric Withstanding Voltage (Vrms)
  Conductor-to-Conductor
  Conductor-to-Shield
500 1000 1500

 

a Specifications for Type 5H are based on a 0.6 m (23.6 in) assembly length, Types G5 and 8W are based on a 0.9 m (36 in) assembly length, and the maximum frequency with straight connectors.

Mechanical / Environmental Property Cable Type
  5H G5 8W
Jacket Material PFA
Jacket Color Purple
Center Connector Solid, Silver-Plated Copper
Dielectric Material ePTFE
Nominal Outer Diameter (mm [in]) 4.3 (0.17) 4.8 (0.19) 8.1 (0.32)
Nominal Weight (g/m [lbs/1000 ft]) 42.0 (28.2) 52.5 (35.3) 144.4 (97.0)
Minimum Bend Radius (mm [in]) 25.4 (1.0) 25.4 (1.0) 50.8 (2.0)
Temperature Range (°C) -95 to +155 -55 to +125 -55 to +125

Online Tools

Easy to Use, Fast Results

Gore’s online resources are designed specifically to make it easy for you to select the right microwave/RF assembly for your specific application requirements.

NEW Microwave/RF Cable Assembly Builder allows you to design a Microwave/RF Cable Assembly with ease from your desktop, tablet or mobile phone. Whether you are working in Test & Measurement, Spaceflight, Aerospace or Defense you can design an RF cable assembly to meet your specific needs. Once you design your assemblies you’ll be able to download custom datasheets for your builds within minutes, and you can also submit the builds for a quote. A Gore specialist will then review your designs and application requirements.

Microwave/RF Cable Assembly Calculator allows you to calculate insertion loss, VSWR and other parameters of Gore’s assemblies for different cable types. Select and compare up to 3 cables at a time.

If you have questions about our assemblies and want to discuss your specific application needs, please contact a Gore representative.

Resources

Recent News

Event

W. L. Gore & Associates Exhibiting Virtually at IMS2021

June 20, 2021 - June 25, 2021

Gore is exhibiting virtually at this year’s International Microwave Symposium (IMS), and you’re invited to visit our virtual booth. We’ll describe how our proven portfolio of durable microwave/RF test assemblies delivers stable and consistent performance for reliable 5G test results.

Press Release

GORE Honored by BAE Systems with Silver Supplier Award

Posted April 26, 2021

Gore announced today it was named a Silver Supplier for exceptional performance and contributions to supply chain success in 2020 by BAE Systems’ Electronic Systems sector.

Press Release

Gore Jolts Emerging Electric Aviation Market with New High-Performance Aerospace Wires

Posted October 13, 2020

W. L. Gore & Associates announced today a new solution that meets higher voltages as the trend continues towards aircraft electrification to reduce the impact of air transport on our environment. GORE® High Performance Aerospace Wires, GWN3000 Series, deliver the best combination of superior mechanical strength and outstanding electrical reliability without increasing wire bundle size or weight.

Press Release

GORE® PHASEFLEX® Microwave/RF Test Assemblies Honored, Set Gold Standard with Industry Innovators Award

Posted September 16, 2020

W. L. Gore & Associates announced that its GORE® PHASEFLEX® Microwave/RF Test Assemblies were recognized among the 2020 Military & Aerospace Electronics Innovators Awards. An esteemed and experienced panel of judges from the aerospace and defense community recognized Gore as a Gold honoree. These assemblies are being recognized for their durability and reliability for precision testing of electronic warfare (EW) / radar suites; electronic surveillance/counter measures; radar warning systems; missile approach warning systems; and navigation/communication systems.

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