Updated: July 17th, 2021

This week’s Product Roundup highlights mil-spec cable and cable assemblies from leading connectivity suppliers.

Mil-Spec Cable and Cable Assemblies

Mil-spec cable from Mouser and TE RaychemMouser Electronics stocks TE Connectivity’s Raychem Cat 5e cable for high-data-rate, harsh-environment military, marine, and aerospace applications, including shipboard, satellite, C4ISR, weapons, avionics, soldier-worn, and in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems. The mil-spec cable is designed in accordance with ANSI/TIA-568-C.2, can handle speeds up to 1Gb/s, and is qualified to MIL-DTL-24643/59 and /61. It is also lightweight, easy to terminate, and made with high-temperature fluoropolymers that reliably withstand extreme temperature fluctuations spanning -65°C to +200°C. Raychem Cat 5e cable is available with a variety of jacket materials designed to suit a wide range of individual application requirements ranging from improved flexibility to zero halogen materials. It’s also available in a waterblock variation with super absorbent tapes and yarns that further reduce weight, increase flexibility, and lower installation costs compared to silicon-filled waterblocks and as customized end-to-end mil-spec cable solutions specifically tailored to customer needs.

Mil-spec cable from Smiths InterconnectSmiths Interconnect’s SpaceNXT™ Q Series flexible coaxial cable assemblies are designed to help operators overcome potential market entry barriers and provide several benefits over QPL and COTS products. These high-reliability, low-loss assemblies are pre-tested and qualified for space orbit environments, are cost effective, and are readily available as cut-to-length, dual-terminated assemblies. Currently available in three models (105Q, 190Q, and 200Q), the series covers key performance characteristics at various frequency bands from DC to 40GHz, is available in standard mechanical lengths and phase-matched electrical lengths, is resistant to temperature variations, and meets the rigorous outgassing requirements of NASA/ESA when tested per ASTM E595 standards. The assemblies combine stainless stee