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Lab-Flex® Family

The Lab Flex® family of cables offer you high performance flexible cable assemblies with the lowest insertion loss and highest frequency response when compared other cables of the same diameter. They are designed with stainless steel connectors along with the strongest cable to connector termination of all the cables types. A wide range of diameters, protective coverings and electrical options are available.

Attenuation vs. Frequency & Average Power Rating
Phase vs. Temperature & Phase vs. Flexure

The Solder Sleeve Advantage

One advantage of using Lab-Flex® cables is the cable to connector termination utilizing solder sleeves. Common methods of cable terminations such as crimping or clamping the outer cable braids to the connector body does not capture all the of the braid, which leads to intermittent electrical performance and low connector (retention) pull strength. With the Lab-Flex® solder sleeve, both the inner and outer braid are directly soldered 360 degrees around the sleeve. This solder sleeve provides the best braid to connector termination assuring superior electrical performance and the highest connector (retention) pull strength.

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Features

  • Up to 50 GHz
  • 40% Lower Loss than Solid Dielectrics
  • Superior Shielding Effectiveness
  • Direct Solder Sleeve to Outer Braids for superior reliability
  • Available with Protective Coverings of:
    • Stainless Steel Armor
    • Various Weatherizing Jackets
    • Armored & Weatherized together
    • Extended Boots
  • Stainless Steel Connectors
  • Phased Matched Pairs and Sets Available (standard tolerance is ± one degree per GHz or +/- 2.8 picoseconds)
  • Silver Plated Copper Conductors

Typical Applications

  • Test Cables
  • Low Loss Jumpers
  • High Frequency Interconnects
  • Mobile & Fixed Satcom Systems
  • Instrumentation
  • Antenna Systems
  • Telecommunication Systems
General Specifications Lab Flex® 100 Lab Flex® 125 Lab Flex® 160 Lab Flex® 200 Lab Flex® 290 Lab Flex® 335
Diameter 0.1 0.122 0.16 0.195 0.295 0.335
Frequency, Max(GHz) 50 50 40 32 18 18
Loss @ 5 GHz (dB/100ft) 48.5 35.9 30 20 10 11.1

Electrical Specifications Lab Flex® 100 Lab Flex® 125 Lab Flex® 160 Lab Flex® 200 Lab Flex® 290 Lab Flex® 335
Impedance, Nominal () 50 50 50 50 50 50
Velocity of Propagation (%) 76 78 78 80 84.5 80
Shielding Effectiveness, 18 GHz (dB/ft) > 85 > 90 > 90 > 90 > 90 > 90
Capacitace (pF/ft) 27 26 26 25.5 24 25
Delay (ns/ft) 1.34 1.3 1.3 1.27 1.21 1.27

Mechanical Specifications Lab Flex® 100 Lab Flex® 125 Lab Flex® 160 Lab Flex® 200 Lab Flex® 290 Lab Flex® 335
Weight (lbs/100ft) 1 1.8 3 4.8 8.4 8.5
Temperature Range (℃) * -55 to +200 -55 to +200 -55 to +200 -55 to +200 -55 to +200 -55 to +200
Minimum Bend Radius (inches) 0.5 0.6 0.8 1 1.5 2
*Temperature Ranges with Standard Boots +100℃ Max

Construction Data Lab Flex® 100 Lab Flex® 125 Lab Flex® 160 Lab Flex® 200 Lab Flex® 290 Lab Flex® 335
Inner Conductor Solid SC Solid SC Solid SC Solid SC Solid SC Solid SC
Dielectric Expanded PTFE Expanded PTFE Expanded PTFE Expanded PTFE Expanded PTFE Expanded PTFE
First Outer Shield Flat Braid SC Flat Braid SC Flat Braid SC Flat Braid SC Flat Braid SC Flat Braid SC
Second Outer Shield N/A Foil KP Foil KP Foil KP N/A N/A
Third Outer Shield Braid SC Braid SC Braid SC Braid SC Braid SC Braid SC
Jacket FEP FEP FEP FEP FEP FEP