Ku-flex – a new range of durable microwave coaxial cable assemblies
for the Ku-band frequency range (12-18GHz) from Gigatronix, has been developed for
50 ohm applications to 18GHz where consistent high performance characteristics,
flexibility and low loss are critical. This makes them an ideal solution for test,
instrumentation and other high frequency applications.
Incorporating a flexible alternative to RG402 (“141) and RG405 (“086) semi-rigid
cables, they remove the requirement for hand or precision bending and forming equipment
whilst still maintaining the durability and performance characteristics commonly
associated with semi-rigid cable assemblies.
All Ku-flex cable assemblies have a double screened, silver covered copper tape
and braid construction that provides low passive intermodulation and comparable
shielding effectiveness and power handling to that of RG402 and RG405 semi-rigid
cables. In addition the cables have a fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) jacket,
a PTFE dielectric and silver plated solid centre conductors. Ku-flex 402 cable assemblies
have attenuation per metre of 2.10dB at 18GHz, whilst the 405 versions have attenuation
per metre of 3.23dB per metre at 18GHz. Both assemblies have typical return loss
characteristics of better than 20dB at 18GHz.
Ku-flex microwave cable assemblies are available terminated with gold plated
SMA connectors or tri-alloy plated N Type connectors, both of which are held ex-stock
to reduce manufacturing lead-times. Typically assemblies are available for any length
requirement within 5-7 days without any minimum order quantities. Customers can
also discuss alternative variations with the Gigatronix technical sales team.
The complete range incorporates an integral brass tubing and double heat shrink
sleeving to provide a superior and more durable strain relief system that helps
to reduce cable damage from bending, twisting or flexing. This extends the life
of the assembly whilst also maintaining its performance characteristics.
Each cable assembly is tested and plotted for Insertion Loss and Attenuation,
from 40MHz to 18GHz. The resulting plot is then serialized and linked to its appropriate
assembly by way of a central identification sleeve. This ensures that each assembly
has known, exact performance criteria that can be used for calibration or traceability
by the user.
“Ku-Flex offers the performance characteristics and durability expected with
semi-rigid cable assemblies whilst also providing the flexibility now commonly required
in higher frequency test, instrumentation and microwave communication equipment.
Customers now also have the option of constructing and purchasing all of our Ku-flex
cable assemblies online using our unique Cabulator™ cable assembly design software
at www.gigatronix.com” - commented Bruce Burton, Managing Director at Gigatronix
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Contact: Bruce Burton, Gigatronix Ltd, The Enterprise Centre, Portsmouth, PO3
5QT. Tel: +44 (0)23 9265 0703. email@example.com
Gigatronix is the UK’s largest independent manufacturer of R.F coaxial connectors,
coaxial cable assemblies and allied products. We service a broad range of global
customers in all areas of the communications industry.
* Over 1500 connector variations ex-stock.
* Shortest lead times in the industry - from raw materials to finished goods.
* No minimum order quantity on standard connectors or coaxial cable assemblies.
* Shortest production runs on custom connector and cable assembly designs.
* Unique Cabulator™ cable configuration and ordering software; interactive; intelligent
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