Cable Performance and Specifications

Gore’s highly flexible, yet durable materials provide a protective barrier that allows GORE FireWire Cables for Aircraft to withstand tough routing, maintenance and airborne environments for long-term product life. The robust construction of our aviation cables includes the following layers:

  • Jacket made from Gore’s engineered fluoropolymers
  • Double-braided shield
  • Expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) binder
  • Silver-plated copper/SPC alloy conductor
  • Color-coded composite dielectric
  • Fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) filler

Their rugged qualities are complemented by several other advantages compared to alternative products, including:

Compact, Lightweight Design

Gore’s high data rate quadrax cables are approximately 40% smaller than dual twisted pair constructions, making for easy routing in complex, tight systems. They’re also proven to save up to 5.2 kg (11.5 lb.) per aircraft, delivering weight savings hard to find elsewhere.

Signal Integrity with Flexure

Using a diamond-shaped eye mask test with minimum receiver sensitivity as specified by IEEE 1394b, the eye pattern of a 15-m (50-ft.) cable transmitting 500 Mb of data was evaluated before and during flexure. Results indicated that Gore’s high speed cables passed with margin, indicating that a greater transmission length is possible. The test was then repeated with Gore’s cable wrapped 20 times around a 12.7-mm (0.5 in.) radius mandrel, with no substantial degradation in signal quality observed with flexure.

Meeting Rigorous Standards across Several Applications

GORE FireWire Cables for Aircraft are tested and pre-qualified to ensure that they transmit uninterrupted, high-fidelity signals with flexure for interconnect solutions up to 30 m (100 ft.) at S400 data transfer rates. They meet the following industry standards:

  • ABD0031 (AITM 2.0005); BSS7230; FAR Part 25, Appendix F, Part : Flammability
  • ABD0031 (AITM 3.0005); BSS7239: Toxicity
  • ABD0031 (AITM 3.0008B); BSS7238; FAR Part 25, Appendix F, Part V: Smoke Density
  • ANSI/NEMA WC 27500: Environmental Testing, Jacket and Marking
  • IEEE 1394b; SAE AS5643™: High-Speed Serial Bus Interface Requirements
  • SAE AS4373™: Test Methods for Insulated Electric Wire
  • SAE AS6070™/8: High-Speed Data Protocol Cable Requirements

Their reliability and compliance make them an optimal solution for avionics digital networks, flight control, networked video systems and mission systems. What’s more, GORE FireWire Cables for Aircraft are designed to fit a variety of high-speed aerospace and defense connector systems and backshells, including ARINC and MIL-STD-38999 with size 8 and 22D contacts. For exact part numbers, tooling information and termination instructions, contact the specific manufacturer, such as Amphenol® and Glenair®.

How to Order GORE FireWire Cables for Aircraft

Available in standard sizes, our FireWire cables for civil and military aircraft are available for purchase through Gore’s trusted distributors. To learn more or discuss the specifications for your exact application, contact a Gore representative today. You can also request tested, prequalified, complimentary samples, which will arrive within 48 hours of your request and include the following part numbers:

  • RCN8645
  • RCN8647
  • RCB8652

Amphenol is a registered trademark of Amphenol Corporation.

Glenair is a registered trademark of Glenair, Inc.

FireWire is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc.


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