Overview

RELIABLE SIGNAL INTEGRITY AT HIGH DATA RATES

Military aircraft require cables to carry loads of data at faster speeds on avionics digital networks to ensure missions are a success. Since aviation cables play a key role in system performance, they must outlast complex maintenance and aerospace conditions, like tricky wiring, fluctuating temperatures and harsh contaminants, to name a few.

Gore offers a proven reliable, low-dielectric quadrax solution to combat these challenges. GORE Fibre Channel Cables are proven to maintain consistent signals with integrity at high data rates up to 1 GHz with controlled impedance at 150 ohms. These high speed interconnects are also proven to enhance noise immunity and EMI suppression. Featuring a balanced quadrax design with field-cancellation properties, they can transmit two different signals within the same shield without interfering with each other. 

SAVE WEIGHT & BOOST DURABILITY
Gore’s low-dielectric cable geometry

Low-dielectric cable geometry

We originally invented this low-dielectric quadrax cable geometry that saves more weight in aircraft than other cable designs. Compared to dual twisted pair cables, our fibre channel cables are about 40% smaller, which makes them naturally lighter weight. These features combined with high flexibility and tight bending make aircraft wiring simpler and faster in narrow system configurations.

Just because they’re smaller and lighter doesn’t mean they’re fragile like other cable materials. We also boost durability with our uniquely engineered fluoropolymers that resist hazardous aircraft environments and extreme flight conditions. 

With toughness and reliable signal transmission at higher data rates, GORE Fibre Channel Cables have been trusted by aircrews and proven on many airborne platforms, like the F-16, F-18 and AV8B

Fibre Channel Cable construction
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Fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) jacket

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Aluminized polyimide shield

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Color-coded composite dielectric

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Silver-plated copper alloy conductor

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FEP filler

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ePTFE binder

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Braided shield

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Tough construction of GORE Fibre Channel Cables

Applications

PROVEN PERFORMANCE ACROSS AIRCRAFT APPLICATIONS

GORE Fibre Channel Cables have been proven and trusted on the F-16, F-18 and AV8B, making them a reliable interconnect for critical applications, like:

  • active electronically scanned arrays (AESA)
  • advanced mission computers
  • cabin/flight management systems
  • tactical aircraft moving maps

If you have any questions or to discuss your specific application needs, contact a Gore representative today.

Features & Benefits

GORE Fibre Channel Cables are engineered with unique features that make them more durable against challenging environmental factors and aircraft conditions, including:

  • original inventor of innovative quadrax design
  • smaller, lighter weight, highly flexible cable construction
  • chemically inert, temperature- and abrasion-resistant materials

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

  • consistent signals up to 1 GHz with controlled impedance at 150 ohms
  • enhanced noise immunity and EMI suppression
  • resist hazardous aircraft environments and extreme flight conditions
  • low-dielectric design is around 40% smaller than dual twisted pair constructions
  • more weight savings in aircraft than other cable designs
  • simpler and faster aircraft wiring from high flexibility and tight bending ability
  • proven on many airborne platforms, like the F-16, F-18 and AV8B
  • 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, contact a Gore representative today.

Properties

These values demonstrate the electrical, mechanical and environmental performance of GORE Fibre Channel Cables for defense aircraft.

Electrical Property Value
Data Transmission Speed GHz Up to 1
Standard Impedance Ohms 150 ± 10
Typical Operating Voltage Rating V < 15
Nominal Velocity of Propagation % 87
Nominal Time Delay ns/m (ns/ft) 4.0 (1.22)
Capacitance pF/m (pF/ft) 28.2 (8.6)
Typical Skew Within Pair ps/m (ps/ft) 3.0 (0.9)
Dielectric Withstanding Voltage Vrms
  Conductor-to-Conductor
  Conductor-to-Shield
 
1500
1000
Mechanical / Environmental Property Value
Jacket Material FEP
Jacket Color Black
Conductor Silver-Plated Copper Alloy
Conductor Color-Coding Black/White Stripe, Blue/White Stripe, Green/White Stripe, Solid White
Dielectric Material Expanded PTFE/PTFE
Temperature Range °C -65 to +200
Part Number & Drawing

We invite you to download our drawing to view cable characteristics, like diameter size and attenuation value. 

Part Number AWG Size (Stranding)
RCN8328 26 (7/34)

 

Qualifications

GORE Fibre Channel Cables for Defense Aircraft 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
  • ANSI/NEMA WC 27500: Environmental Testing, Jacket and Marking
  • ANSI X3.303: Fibre Channel Physical and Signaling Interface-3 (FC-PH-3)
  • EN3475-503: Test Methods for Scrape Abrasion
  • 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.

Connector Options

GORE Fibre Channel Cables can be terminated with a variety of leading high-speed aerospace connector systems and backshells, like ARINC and MIL-STD-38999 with size 8 contacts.

Our cables can also be terminated with commercially available connectors to create assemblies for defense aircraft applications. Connector options used between-the-box include DB-9 plug and receptacles, and MIL-C-38999 size 11. These connectors provide optimized performance in the smallest possible connector package and include benefits such as:

Benefits include:

  • Insert configuration maintains quadrax geometry through the connector interface.
  • Improved Z° match minimizes reflections for clean eye patterns.
  • Standard size 22D contacts provide high reliability and ease of use.
  • Series 3 coupling provides enhanced EMI performance.
Description Gore Part Number Impedance (ohms) Image
M24308/4-1F DB-9 (D-sub) plug Approx. 100 M24308/4-1F

 

M24308/2-1F DB-9 (D-sub) receptacle Approx. 100 M24308/2-1F

 

MIL-DTL-38999 series III, shell size 11 (plug), military (composite) FCN1059 150  MIL-DTL-38999 series III, shell size 11 (plug), military (composite)

 

MIL-DTL-38999 series III, shell size 11 (jam nut), military (composite) FCN1058 150 MIL-DTL-38999 series III, shell size 11 (jam nut), military (composite)

 

MIL-DTL-38999 series III, shell size 11 (receptacle), military (composite) FCN1060 150 MIL-DTL-38999 series III, shell size 11 (receptacle), military (composite)

 

Gore also offers a variety of connector options for GORE Fibre Channel Cables used inside-the-box.

Description Image   Description Image
SMP (50 ohm) SMP (50 ohm)   SSMC (50 ohm) SSMC
SMA (50/75 ohm) SMA   MCX (50/75 ohm) MCX

More Information

LEARN MORE ABOUT GORE FIBRE CHANNEL CABLES OR ORDER NOW

Proven on many airborne platforms, GORE Fibre Channel Cables maximize the performance of quadrax cable designs. We also offer tested, prequalified samples for this product and other high data rate cables that are complimentary and shipped within 48 hours of your request. To learn more or discuss your application’s specific needs and requirements, contact a Gore representative today. When you’re ready to order, get in touch with an authorized distributor.

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