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Test & Measurement
Offering reliable electrical performance, GORE® Microwave/RF Assemblies for General Purpose use in semiconductor test and aerospace and defense test environments are designed for applications that require a consistent and reliable signal from point A to point B. Manufactured by W. L. Gore & Associates, these RF cable assemblies deliver strong signal integrity with low loss over long distances, feature proven phase and amplitude stability and are available with a variety of standard connectors. We offer microwave/RF general purpose solutions in the following versions:
Maximum Flexibility, Excellent Electrical Performance
A recent study showed that globally more than 75% of microwave/RF cable assemblies are replaced frequently due to damage during installation or operation. GORE Microwave/RF Assemblies are extremely flexible and withstand the rigors of handling and installation. Unlike traditionally designed flexible cables that are more stiff and difficult to handle, Gore’s lightweight assemblies have a small bend radius that makes routing easy even in tight spaces, particularly in board-to-board and inside-the-box systems. Their smaller size and flexibility enable our cables to maintain signal integrity for a longer service life.
Precise and Repeatable Measurements
Our assemblies offer excellent electrical performance in applications from DC through 70 GHz. Gore’s expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) insulation has a dielectric constant of 1.4, which translates to:
- low relative loss
- high velocity of propagation (85% speed of light)
- low capacitive loading
- high cut-off frequencies
Protected by the inner braid and jacket, the outer conductor delivers a minimum of 100 dB/ft., of shielding effectiveness through 18 GHz.
Since a specific assembly’s shielding effectiveness is determined by the choice of connector, we offer a variety of standard connectors designed specifically for our assemblies. These connectors are engineered to complement the performance of each cable,
minimizing loss and reflection for optimized signal transmission.
Construction of GORE® Microwave/RF Assemblies
GORE Microwave/RF Assemblies are engineered to perform reliably in a variety of test and measurement applications, including:
- antenna arrays
- ATE systems (automated test equipment)
- backplane interconnects
- clock distribution
- environmental test chambers
- evaluation boards
- load boards
- module-to-module interconnect
- optical modules
- telecommunication systems
- test bench systems
- thermal vacuum chambers
If you have any questions or to discuss your specific application needs, please contact a Gore representative.
GORE Microwave/RF Assemblies provide manufacturers with many benefits that improve electrical and mechanical performance such as:
- reliable signal integrity over longer distances with low loss up to 70 GHz
- reliable, repeatable electrical performance with consistent phase and amplitude stability
- easy installation with flexible construction and small bend radius
- decreased weight with smaller diameter for higher density applications
- design flexibility with a variety of interconnect options
For more information about the benefits of our cables, please contact a Gore representative.
Go to our YouTube Channel to watch these and other videos of Gore engineers demonstrating the benefits of GORE Microwave/RF Assemblies.
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.
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.
August 4, 2020 - August 6, 2020
Due to the ongoing challenge of COVID-19, IMS2020 has been moved to virtual with live streaming. A key topic at the symposium is 5G connectivity, and Gore will present a portfolio of reliable microwave/RF test assemblies for 5G testing. We’ll describe how our cable assemblies provide durable, stable, and consistent performance to ensuring accurate and reliable testing results.
Posted April 21, 2020
W. L. Gore & Associates has launched its updated GORE® Microwave/RF Assembly Builder, a step-by-step tool that allows the user to configure and request a quote for an assembly with a variety of connector & cable options, assembly lengths, and frequencies.
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