Microwave and RF component supplier Fairview Microwave has introduced a new line of armored coaxial test cables designed to withstand punishing environments such as production line testing and continual in-the-field use.
The new armored cables from Fairview are available in several standard lengths from 24 to 60 inches with either SMA or N-Type connectors, which are constructed of rugged stainless steel. However, despite having a durable stainless steel jacket, Fairview’s new armored cables are manufactured with a flexible coaxial cable allowing it to bend and flex repeatedly without degrading the electrical signal.
Fairview’s SMA test cables are designed to operate to 20 GHz, while the N-Type test cables operate to 18 GHz. The strong interface between the connector and armoring, along with the strain-relief booting, help to increase the overall performance and longevity of the cable assembly, the company said. Fairview’s armored test cables are built using a triple shielded coax with an expanded PTFE dielectric.
“RF test cables can undergo tremendous strain due to frequent bending, stretching and twisting during normal use,” Greg Arnold, technical sales manager at Fairview Microwave, said. “Fairview’s new armored test cables utilize a rugged outer construction, specially designed to endure the physical stress associated with heavy torquing and potential crush conditions. They are the perfect solution for applications ranging from high-traffic production environments and outdoor antenna ranges to shipboard/flight line and antenna/base station testing.”