Cable Performance and Specifications

GORE Ethernet Cables (Quadrax, Cat5e) for Aircraft are built with an engineered fluoropolymer jacket, expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) binders, a braided shield, color-coded composite dielectric, silver-plated copper alloy conductor and fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) filler. This pioneering cable geometry, which was originally invented by Gore, delivers several advantages when compared to alternatives, including:

Continuous Transmission

Gore’s dual differential pairs transmit continuous bi-directional, high speed signals in a variety of civil and military applications. Their performance is reliable up to 100 MHz at lengths up to 70 m (230 ft.) using size 24 AWG and 50 m (164 ft.) using size 26 AWG.

Easy Installation and Weight Savings

GORE Ethernet Cables (Quadrax, Cat5e) for Aircraft are lightweight and roughly 40% smaller than dual twisted pair constructions. This unique design equates to easier routing, especially in tight spaces, as well as weight savings of more than 5.0 kg (11 lb.) on aircraft like the fifth-generation F-35.

Meeting Rigorous Standards across Several Applications

Gore’s tested, pre-qualified high data rate cables adhere to Ethernet Cat5e requirements in advanced avionics, as well as other strict industry standards including:

  • 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 100BASE-T / 1000BASE-T (2 cables)
  • SAE AS4373™: Test Methods for Insulated Electric Wire (Contact Gore for available data)

GORE Ethernet Cables (Quadrax, Cat5e) for Aircraft are compatible with multiple high-speed aerospace and defense connector systems and backshells, including ARINC, MIL-STD-38999 with size 8 contacts and products from manufacturers like Amphenol® and Glenair®. Typical airborne applications include:

  • Avionics networks
  • Box-to-box systems
  • Digital visual interface (DVI)
  • Ethernet backbone
  • Flight control
  • Mission systems
  • Propulsion control

How to Order GORE Ethernet Cables (Quadrax, Cat5e) For Aircraft

Gore’s quadrax Ethernet cables are available in standard sizes. Tested, prequalified complimentary samples could also be available for this product within 48 hours of your request. To learn more about how GORE Ethernet Cables (Quadrax, Cat5e) for Aircraft and our other solutions for aerospace and defense can benefit your specific application, contact a Gore defense aircraft or civil aircraft representative today. When you’re ready to order, reach out to a distributor to purchase one of the following part numbers:

  • GSC-03-84608-00
  • GSC-03-84820-00


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