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Cable Assemblies

All of IW’s coaxial cables are available as finished assemblies, including partially terminated cables, fully terminated, plus phase or time delay and offset matched sets.

We offer a comprehensive range of cable assemblies, including options for partially terminated, fully terminated, and custom phase or time delay matched sets, catering to various high-performance applications.

Custom Cable Assembly Solutions

We provide custom-length cable assemblies, ranging from a few inches to over 100ft, tailored to meet specific application needs. Our assemblies come with a variety of connector options such as SMA, TNCA, N-type, ensuring adaptability and compliance with MIL-PRF-39012 and MIL-STD-348 standards for unparalleled reliability and performance.

High Power and Millimeter Wave Applications

Our cable assemblies feature connectors designed for high-power and millimeter-wave applications, ensuring reliable power handling and heat transfer.

Smaller diameter cables are fully compatible with industry-standard connectors, offering performance up to 110 GHz.

Optional Protection for Harsh Environments

We offer optional features to protect cable assemblies in harsh conditions, including temperature extremes, abrasion, and chemical exposure.

Options include internally ruggedized layers and a range of external sheathing materials for comprehensive protection.

Materials and External Protection Options

Our cable assemblies can be enhanced with various protective materials like Tefzel Jacket, Low Smoke/Zero Halogen Polyurethane, and Fire-resistant NOMEX* braid, each providing unique benefits to meet the demands of challenging environments and applications.

    Connector Types matching Referenced Cables

      With a wide range of interconnect products available, we’re able to offer custom cable assembly lengths from a few inches to 100ft and above to suit your application. We offer a variety of connectors including SMA, TNCA, N-type, 3.5mm, 2.92mm, 1.85mm in straight, right angle, male and female, with bulkhead and four-hole flange mounting options available on some designs. All connectors are designed to meet the requirements of MIL-PRF-39012 with interfaces compliant to MIL-STD-348. Our stainless steel designs ensure performance to 18 GHz for SMA, TNCA, and N-type, with right angle parts using swept center contacts to ensure optimum performance.

      For high power applications, C, SC, 7/16, 1 5/8 and 3 1/18 EIA flanges are available for larger diameter cables (280, 480, 750 series), designed to ensure reliability in terms of power handling and heat transfer for continuous wave applications.

      At millimeter wave, our smaller diameter cables (125, 115, 0471, 0341) have been developed to be compatible with industry standard connectors including most push-on interface styles, in addition to high frequency threaded types, with IW now offering cable assemblies that provide performance to 110 GHz.

      Optional Protection for Microwave Transmission Lines

      Microwave transmission lines are quite often exposed to a wide range of hostile environments. These may include extreme temperature, abrasion, comprehensive forces, high-pressure fluids, solvents, chemicals, salt water, UV, vibration, and mechanical stress, just to name a few.

      Our standard option is an internally ruggedization layer which comprises a steel wire helically wrapped over the coaxial cable, this is identified as ‘03’ option for solid center conductor cables, and ‘08’ for stranded center conductor.

      In addition to our internally ruggedized cables, IW has a wide range of materials and processes designed to protect the integrity of our cable assemblies. These include a variety of metallic and non-metallic external sheaths to address your specific application.

      • ZEL     Tefzel Jacket
      • LC        Low Smoke/ Zero Halogen Polyurethane
      • NX       Fire resistant NOMEX* braid *Nomex is a registered trademark of theDuPont Corporation
      • A           Interlocked stainless steel armor, crush resistant up to 400 lbs per linear inch
      • N           Neoprene weather proof jacket
      • ALC      Armor with extruded Polyurethane jacket
      Cable assemblies

      Cable Assembly Part Number Builder

      With so many variables involved in creating custom wires for multiple purposes, IW has devised a Part Number (P/N) Coding System which we use to readily identify all our microwave cables.
      In the first example part number below, the cable assembly is an SMA right angle plug to a 2301 armored cable 36” long to an SMA straight plug.

      Connector Codes Including Type and Style

      Cable assembly connector codes, type codes, style codes, optional protection ad differentiator codes

      Understanding the Cable Assembly Numbers

      Graphics showing cable assembly part number builders for IW Insulated Wire Cables

      Assembly Length Definition

      The outlines below show typical cable assembly configurations and reference points to determine the overall length.

      Graphics showing cable assembly configurations to determine the length

      FAQ for Cable Assemblies

      What types of cable assemblies does IW Insulated Wire offer?

      IW Insulated Wire provides a wide array of cable assemblies, including partially terminated cables, fully terminated cables, and specialized sets for phase or time delay and offset matching. Our product range is designed to meet the needs of various applications, from test and measurement to satellite launch vehicles.

      What connector options are available for cable assemblies?

      We offer a diverse selection of connectors for our cable assemblies, including SMA, TNCA, N-type, 3.5mm, 2.92mm, and 1.85mm, in configurations such as straight, right angle, male and female. Options for bulkhead and four-hole flange mounting are also available on certain designs, ensuring compatibility with various applications.

      What protection options are available for cable assemblies used in harsh environments?

      We offer optional protection features for our cable assemblies to withstand hostile environments, including extreme temperature, abrasion, and chemical exposure. Options include an internally ruggedization layer, as well as a variety of metallic and non-metallic external sheaths, such as Tefzel Jacket, Low Smoke/Zero Halogen Polyurethane, and Fire-resistant NOMEX* braid.

      Can I order custom lengths for cable assemblies?

      Yes, we offer custom cable assembly lengths to fit your specific application needs. Whether you need a few inches or over 100ft, we can accommodate your requirements with precision and reliability.

      Are there options for high-power applications?

      Yes, for high power applications, we offer connectors like C, SC, 7/16, and EIA flanges for larger diameter cables. These are designed for optimal power handling and heat transfer, ensuring reliability in continuous wave applications.

      Can IW Insulated Wire provide cable assemblies for millimeter wave applications?

      Yes, our smaller diameter cables are developed for millimeter wave applications and are compatible with industry-standard connectors, offering performance up to 110 GHz. This makes them suitable for a wide range of high-frequency applications.