GORE® Aerospace Ethernet Cables Selected for F-16 Aircraft Upgrades

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W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Gore) announces the successful integration of GORE® Aerospace Ethernet Cables into upcoming F-16 upgrade initiatives.

GORE® Aerospace Ethernet Cables Photo: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.

It’s been a pleasure working with the U.S. Air Force to provide a smaller, more durable high-speed cable solution that meets their specific system requirements.

W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Gore) announces the successful integration of GORE® Aerospace Ethernet Cables into upcoming F-16 upgrade initiatives. Gore’s new 10-gigabit cables exceed Cat6a electrical requirements by delivering reliable signal integrity with sufficient margin for high-speed data transmission over longer distances. These cables are qualified according to C21091 Specifications for F-16 upgrades that require exceptional electrical and mechanical performance in harsh aerospace environments to ensure mission-critical success.

In addition, GORE® Aerospace Ethernet Cables can be easily retrofitted into any existing aircraft structure, making them an ideal solution for F-16 upgrades. They are significantly smaller, lighter weight and more flexible with a tighter bend radius for easier routing in tight areas compared to leading alternative cables. The individually shielded pairs in Gore’s Cat6a cables also provide enhanced electrical performance with lower signal attenuation and minimal crosstalk to ensure reliable system performance over the life of the F-16 aircraft.

When upgrading any aircraft, proper connector-cable termination practices are crucial to ensure complete and accurate high-speed data transfer. Therefore, Gore made it easy by developing step-by-step instructions for terminating their Cat6a cables with leading high-speed aerospace connectors successfully in less time with lower risk, which helps reduce downtime and costly delays.

“It’s been a pleasure working with the U.S. Air Force to provide a smaller, more durable high-speed cable solution that meets their specific system requirements. Technicians can route our Ethernet cables more easily into aircraft without the potential for rework,” said Brian Tallman, Product Manager for Gore’s Aerospace Team.

GORE® Aerospace Ethernet Cables will be on display at the F-16 and Proven Aircraft TCG World Wide Review, Booth 133/134 in Ogden, Utah on September 12-15, 2016.

For more information about Gore’s Cat6a cables and to download connector-cable electrical data and termination instructions, visit gore.com/aerospace-ethernet-cables or contact a Gore applications specialist at electronics.usa@wlgore.com.

About W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
Gore is a technology-driven company focused on discovery and product innovation. Well known for waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® fabric, the company’s portfolio includes everything from high-performance fabrics and implantable medical devices to industrial manufacturing components and aerospace electronics. Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Newark, Del., Gore posts annual sales of more than $3.2 billion and employs approximately 10,000 associates with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan and China, and sales offices around the world. Gore is one of a select few companies to appear on all of the U.S. “100 Best Companies to Work For” lists since the rankings debuted in 1984. The company also appears regularly on similar lists around the world. Learn more at gore.com.

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