Overview

HIGH-SPEED DATA & VIDEO TRANSFER

Continuous communication and in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) systems rely on modern avionics transferring data and video at the highest speeds without interruption. At the same time, extreme weather, repeated vibration and challenging routing configurations are examples of aircraft conditions that can damage sensitive wires and cables.

GORE Quad Cables meet these challenges offering high data rate transmission and a lighter, more rugged design. Designed for high-speed serial data and video protocols, they offer tighter skew requirements with controlled impedance. Our aviation cables feature dual differential pairs that routinely transfer bi-directional signals at speeds up to 1 GHz at lengths up to 30 m (100 ft.). 

WEIGHT-SAVING QUADRAX DESIGN
Gore’s quad cable color-code diameter compared to dual twisted pair cable diameter.

Reduced cable design

We originally invented this low-crosstalk quadrax cable design that reduces interference for clear, strong signals. Our cables highlight a more compact size that’s around 40% smaller than comparable dual twisted pair cables. These reduced diameters are proven to save more than 5.0 kg (11 lbs.) per aircraft. Being also highly flexible, maintainers can bend our twisted quad cable tightly for easier routing in space-limited aircraft systems.

But there’s more! We make our low-skew cable with remarkably strong materials proven to withstand the environmental challenges and mechanical stresses typical during flight. 

Construction advantage of twisted copper cable from Gore.
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Engineered fluoropolymer jacket

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Double-braided shield

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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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Remarkably strong materials of GORE Quad Cables.

Applications

Perfectly aligned with today’s high-speed serial data and video protocols, GORE Quad Cables deliver steadfast results in a variety of applications, like:

  • avionics digital networks
  • box-to-box systems
  • digital visual interface (DVI)
  • EO/IR (electro-optical infrared) sensors
  • Ethernet backbone
  • flight control
  • HD streaming camera/video systems
  • propulsion control

Our cables can also be terminated with a variety of leading high-speed aerospace connector systems and backshells, like ARINC and MIL-STD-38999 with size 8 contacts.

Features & Benefits

Tested and pre-qualified GORE Quad Cables are engineered with unique features that make them more durable against challenging environmental factors and aircraft conditions, including:

  • original inventor of innovative, low-crosstalk quadrax design
  • temperature- and abrasion-resistant materials
  • chemically inert materials
  • smaller, lighter diameters

These airborne cables offer several benefits to system architects and engineers that ensure their lifelong performance in civil aircraft, like:

  • tighter skew requirements aligned with high-speed serial data/video protocols
  • routine bi-directional signals with controlled impedance at speeds up to 1 GHz
  • low crosstalk performance for less signal interference
  • remarkably strong materials for rugged protection against challenging environments
  • compact size around 40% smaller than dual twisted pair constructions
  • proven weight savings of more than 5.0 kg (11 lbs.) per aircraft
  • easy routing in space-limited aircraft systems from high flexibility and tight bend radius
  • compatible with a variety of high-speed connector systems and backshells

Technical Specs & Drawings

These values demonstrate the electrical, mechanical and environmental performance of GORE Quad Cables for civil aircraft. Download our data sheet for more cable characteristics and qualifications. Also, fill out a short form for instant access to drawings.

DATA SHEET DRAWINGS

Elec./Mech./Environ. PropertyValue
RCN8752
(24 AWG)
RCN8982
(26 AWG)
RCN8973
(28 AWG)
Signal Transmission Speed GHzUp to 1Up to 1Up to 1
Standard Impedance Ohms100 ± 5100 ± 10100 ± 10
Typical Operating Voltage V< 15< 15< 15
Nominal Velocity of Propagation %> 80> 80> 80
Nominal Time Delay ns/m (ns/ft.)4.10 (1.25)4.23 (1.29)4.10 (1.25)
Capacitance pF/m (pF/ft.)50.0 (15.2)39.4 (12.0)42.7 (13.0)
Minimum Near-End Crosstalk (NEXT) dB
  at 10 MHz
  at 100 MHz

50.0
35.0
Maximum Skew Within Pair ps/m (ps/ft.)13.12 (4.0)13.12 (4.0)13.12 (4.0)
Dielectric Withstanding Voltage Vrms
  Conductor-to-Conductor
  Conductor-to-Shield
150015001500
Jacket MaterialEngineered Fluoropolymer
Jacket ColorWhite (Laser Markable)
ConductorSilver-Plated Copper Alloy
Conductor Color-CodingBlue/Red, Green/YellowBlue/Orange, Green/RedBlack/Blue, Green/White
Dielectric MaterialExpanded PTFE/PTFE
Temperature Range °C-55 to +200-55 to +200-55 to +200

Get Samples or Buy

With strong, lightweight GORE Quad Cables connected to high-speed avionics, pilots can have the utmost confidence in communicating vital flight information. Passengers can also enjoy continuous IFEC for the entire flight. Get a complimentary, pre-qualified sample to see if our inventive quadrax design is compatible with your application.

If you’re ready to purchase our low-skew cable, reach out to a trusted wire and cable distributor for in-stock availability. For more information or to talk about your specific application needs and requirements, contact us today.

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