Data Sheet: GORE® PHASEFLEX® Microwave/RF Test Assemblies
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Designed for test applications that depend on accurate, repeatable measurements, W. L. Gore & Associates offers GORE® PHASEFLEX® Microwave/RF Test Assemblies, which provide excellent mechanical durability and electrical performance. Our RF cable assemblies not only feature a rugged construction that prolongs service life, but they also offer high phase and amplitude stability for high-density and modular test applications at an affordable price. To optimize the performance of the assembly even further, they can also be paired with Gore’s available connectors.
Cable Performance and Specifications
GORE PHASEFLEX Microwave/RF Test Assemblies were constructed to combat the common pitfalls of alternative RF cable assemblies. Featuring a unique design that’s more durable, Gore’s cables offer a bend radius as small as 0.5 in., allowing for easier routing without affecting performance. They also deliver a host of other advantages, including the following:
Thanks to their durable construction, GORE PHASEFLEX Microwave/RF Test Assemblies are crush-resistant, providing more than 250 lbs per linear inch of protection. They’re also resistant to abrasion, dust, moisture, torque, crush, kink and chemicals, and they maintain their optimal performance over a wide temperature range. When considering their high connector pull strength, it all adds up to a prolonged lifespan and the decreased need for replacement cables. In fact, they continue to be reliable even after exceeding 100,000 flex cycles.
Consistent, Reliable Performance
GORE PHASEFLEX Microwave/RF Test Assemblies provide precise, repeatable measurements with stable electrical performance up to 110 GHz. They also offer exceptional phase and amplitude stability with flexure and temperature, as well as ideal insertion loss and VSWR. In turn, they help to increase throughput, decrease downtime and reduce total testing costs.
Meeting Rigorous Standards across Several Applications
To ensure reliable performance now and over time, GORE PHASEFLEX Microwave/RF Test Assemblies are rigorously prequalified and tested, ensuring they maintain superior phase and amplitude stability. Compared to conventionally designed RF test assemblies, Gore’s RF cable assemblies had smooth insertion loss traces when tested out of the box, indicating stable electrical performance. What’s more, during an accelerated life test, GORE PHASEFLEX Microwave/RF Test Assemblies showed no change in performance after 10,000 flex cycles, whereas alternatives experienced significant changes after only 100 and 300 flex cycles.
With such reliable performance, GORE PHASEFLEX Microwave/RF Test Assemblies are suitable for thermal vacuum (TVac) applications, as well as the following:
- Bench-top testing
- High throughput RF production testing
- Portable analyzers
- Test rack systems
- Vector network analyzers (VNAs)
- Scalar network analyzers
- Antenna ranges
- Anechoic chambers
- Nearfield scanners
- Wireless telecommunication module testing
- Electromagnetic compliance testing
- Automated test equipment
- High-speed digital test
- 5G test and interconnection
- And more.
For complex instruments connecting up to 32 or more assemblies to test microwave/RF components and high-speed devices and assemblies, GORE PHASEFLEX Microwave/RF Test Assemblies Type 0N are the answer. They deliver consistent, repeatable measurements with stable electrical performance up to 50 GHz.
How to Order GORE PHASEFLEX Microwave/RF Test Assemblies
Gore’s RF cable assemblies are available in 12, 24, 36, 48 and 60-in. lengths, and custom lengths are also available. Upon request, phase or time delay matching can also be specified for applications with frequencies through 70 GHz. Further, Gore can provide absolute and relative time delay matching to sub-picosecond tolerances.
To learn more about GORE PHASEFLEX Microwave/RF Test Assemblies, contact a Gore representative today. Alternatively, utilize the GORE® Microwave/RF Assembly Calculator online tool, which helps you calculate insertion loss, VSWR and other parameters of our cable assemblies. Also utilize the GORE® Microwave/RF Assembly Builder online tool, which allows you build an assembly that’s right for your exact needs or to request a quote for an assembly for your specifications.
GORE PHASEFLEX Microwave/RF Test Assemblies are identified by a 13-character part number that designates the cable type, connector type, assembly length and T/V identifier for thermal vacuum chamber use. However, our part numbers for 110 GHz assemblies include:
When you’re ready to purchase GORE PHASEFLEX Microwave/RF Test Assemblies, you can also contact an authorized distributor.
FOR INDUSTRIAL USE ONLY
Not for use in food, drug, cosmetic or medical device manufacturing, processing, or packaging operations.