Cable Performance and Specifications

Our Ethernet cables are designed with speed and signal integrity in mind. In fact, the 2017 Military & Aerospace Electronics Innovators Awards Gold Honoree award-winning Cat6a cables maintain clear transmission with speeds up to 10 Gb at lengths up to 80 m (262 ft) for outstanding performance. The small design is ideal for routing and weight-saving, while its high-density, multi-layer construction, including an engineered fluoropolymer jacket, is environmentally friendly.

A unique design also yields a significant reduction in size over competing cables, offering a cable that is 24% smaller and 25% lighter than alternatives. This slender diameter facilitates routing in compact spaces and makes maintenance quick and easy.

In addition to their speed and size, GORE Ethernet Cables (4 Pairs, Cat5e/6/6a) outperform several leading alternative cables with:

Improved performance

The performance of GORE Ethernet Cables (4 Pairs, Cat5e/6/6a) offers a more reliable data transmission, as well as vastly better insertion loss to crosstalk ratio. It all adds up to providing an additional margin that helps overcome installation issues and operational challenges.

Crosstalk and interference reduction

Our unique cable design has shown to reduce crosstalk – right out of the box – by more than 10 dB at 500 MHz when compared to competing cables. Among multiple electronic systems, Gore’s Cat6a cable also enhances signal integrity by reducing RF interference by up to 20 dB at higher frequencies. These benefits can be proved by our innovative design, which provides better noise immunity and less EMI emissions vs. alternative cables.

Connector-cable compatibility

To assist designers in selecting the best option for a specific application, Gore tests connector-cable compatibility during the initial design process to ensure reliable interconnectivity.


To evaluate the effects of severe bending on high data rate cables while being routed through an airframe, we developed a simulator. It verifies whether a cable can withstand the complex challenges of installation that can degrade signal integrity. Based on the results, Gore’s Cat6a cable maintained sufficient margin below the specification limit for return loss compared to the alternative cables, providing consistent impedance control at higher frequencies after routing and indicating reliable data transfer rates.

Meeting Rigorous Standards across Several Applications

Aircraft environments often present challenging conditions for sensitive electronic components, including Ethernet cables. To ensure lasting performance for the life of the aircraft, our Ethernet cables are rigorously tested to meet SAE AS6070™/5 and /6 for Ethernet 1000BASE-T at 10 Gb and 100 ohms, while our part numbers RCN9034-24 and RCN9047-26 are on the Qualified Parts List (QPL). They also meet the following:

  • Flammability: ABD0031 (AITM 2.0005); BSS7230; FAR Part 25, Appendix F, Part I
  • Toxicity: ABD0031 (AITM 3.0005); BSS7239
  • Smoke Density: ABD0031 (AITM 3.0008B); BSS7238; FAR Part 25, Appendix F, Part V
  • Environmental Testing, Jacket and Marking: ANSI/NEMA WC 27500
  • Performance Requirements: ANSI/TIA 568-C.2
  • IEEE 802.3: Ethernet 10G BASE-T
  • Test Methods for Insulated Electric Wire: SAE AS4373™ (Contact Gore for available data)

We also conduct extensive testing to ensure reliable connectivity in a variety of common applications. As a result, civil and military aerospace industries rely on GORE Ethernet Cables (4 Pairs, Cat5e/6/6a) for Aircraft to provide reliable performance for a wide range of data transmission applications. Common uses include:

  • Avionics digital networks
  • Cabin/flight management systems
  • Digital video systems
  • Ethernet backbone
  • Civil/defense program upgrades (C-130, F-16, KC-135, UH-60)

Our Ethernet cables are compatible with a wide range of high-speed aerospace and defense connector systems, allowing designers to choose the best cables for every application.

Ordering GORE Ethernet Cables (4 Pairs, Cat5e/6/6a) for Aircraft

Our Ethernet cables are ideal for today’s advanced airborne data networks and built for the intense demands of aviation environments. If you’re ready to order our GORE Ethernet Cables (4 Pairs, Cat5e/6/6a) for Aircraft, review their exact specifications and contact one of our aerospace wire and cable distributors. You can also request tested, prequalified samples, and small quantities, which are complimentary and available within 48 hours. Part numbers for these Ethernet cables include:

  • Cat6a
    • RCN8966-24
    • RCN9034-24
    • RCN8966-26
    • RCN9047-26
    • RCN9034-28
  • Cat5e
    • GSC-01-83471-00
    • GSC-01-83472-00

To learn more about Gore cables and lead times, contact a Gore representative for specific characteristic limits and application needs.