High-Speed Data & Video Transfer

Military personnel rely on data and video transferred in a split second to get the necessary information. Also, extreme temperatures, repeated vibration and challenging routing configurations are examples of land and in-vehicle conditions that can cause system and cable failure.

GORE® Quad Cables meet these challenges with specialty versions that offer 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 cables feature dual differential pairs that routinely transfer bi-directional signals at speeds up to 1 GHz at lengths up to 30 meters (100 feet).

Small, Rugged Quadrax Design
Gore’s Reduced Quad Cable Diameter

Reduced cable diameter

We originally invented this low-crosstalk quadrax design that reduces interference for clear, strong signals. Our specialty versions offer a more compact size that’s around 30% smaller than comparable dual twisted pair cables. And, these reduced diameters are up to 40% lighter, which translates to considerable weight savings in vehicles. Being also highly flexible, maintainers can bend our cables tightly for easier routing in space-limited vehicle systems.

But there’s more! We make our cables with remarkably strong materials proven to withstand the environmental challenges and mechanical stresses typical during operations.

With rugged GORE Quad Cables connected to high-speed mission systems, soldiers can receive critical Intel instantly for greater tactical advantage and success.


Construction of GORE Quad Cables (Specialty Versions)

Engineered fluoropolymer jacket


Double-braided shield


ePTFE binder


Silver-plated copper alloy conductor


FEP filler


Color-coded composite dielectric


Remarkably strong materials of GORE Quad Cables (Specialty Versions)


Proven Performance Across Military Applications

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

  • box-to-box systems
  • digital visual interface (DVI)
  • EO/IR (electro-optical infrared) sensors
  • Ethernet backbone
  • mission systems
  • propulsion control
  • vectronics digital networks
  • video networks

Our cables 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.

Features & Benefits

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

  • original inventor of innovative, low-crosstalk quadrax design
  • lightweight cable construction with reduced diameters
  • chemically inert, temperature- and abrasion-resistant materials

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

  • 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
  • considerable weight savings with small diameters up to 30% lighter
  • easy routing in space-limited vehicles from high flexibility and tight bend radius
  • 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, please contact a Gore representative today.


These values demonstrate the electrical, mechanical and environmental performance of GORE Quad Cables (Specialty Versions) for defense land systems.

Electrical Property Value
RCN8752 RCN8982 RCN8973
Transmission Speed GHz Up to 1 Up to 1 Up to 1
Standard Impedance Ohms 100 ± 5 100 ± 10 100 ± 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) 50.0 (15.2) 42.7 (13.0)
Minimum Near-End Crosstalk (NEXT) dB
  at 10 MHz
  at 100 MHz
Maximum Skew Within Pair ps/m (ps/ft) 13.12 (4.0) 13.12 (4.0) 13.12 (4.0)
Dielectric Withstanding Voltage Vrms
1500 1500 1500
Mechanical / Environmental Properties Value
Jacket Material Engineered Fluoropolymer
Jacket Color White (Laser Markable)
Conductor Silver-Plated Copper Alloy
Conductor Color Coding Blue/Red, Green/Yellow Blue/Orange, Green/Red Black/Blue, Green/White
Dielectric Material Expanded PTFE/PTFE
Temperature Range °C -55 to +200 -55 to +200 -55 to +200
Part Numbers & Drawings

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

Part Number AWG Size (Stranding)
RCN8752 24 (19/36)
RCN8982 26 (19/38)
RCN8973 28 (19/40)



GORE Quad Cables (Specialty Versions) 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 1000BASE-T
  • SAE AS4373™: Test Methods for Insulated Electric Wire (Contact Gore for available data)

For more information about the qualifications of our cables, contact a Gore representative today.

More Information

We’re proud to offer complimentary samples of our specialty versions within 48 hours for prototyping and evaluation. For more information or to discuss your specific application needs, contact a Gore representative for defense land systems. When you’re ready, reach out to one of our trusted distributors to purchase our in-stock cables.


Recent News

Press Release


Posted August 11, 2023

W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) will present a new Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) technical paper at the Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering & Technology Symposium & Modernization Update (GVSETS) on Tuesday, August 15, in Novi, Mich.


Visit Gore at the Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit (AAAA)

April 26, 2023 - April 29, 2023

Stop by Booth 1023 and ask to see our demonstrations to watch how GORE® Cables and Materials perform reliably before and after installation and over time. We’re also eager to hear about your latest airframe and aviation system developments and talk with you about our solutions to ensure mission performance and aircrew protection for FARA, FLRAA and enduring fleet.

Press Release

W. L. Gore & Associates Expands High-Speed Data Transmission Capabilities

Posted April 18, 2023

W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) announced today its new Cat8 ethernet cable for use in aerospace and defense platforms. The new Cat8 ethernet cable allows for four times the high-speed data transmission previously possible.

Press Release


Posted April 11, 2023

W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) announced that last week it was one of 13 companies to win a “Partner 2 Win” Supplier of the Year award from BAE Systems for Gore’s high-performance cabling supporting countermeasure and electromagnetic defense solutions. In addition, Gore also received a Silver Supplier Award for best-in-class performance and contributions to supply chain success.

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