Over the years, our engineers at Technical Cable Applications have built a wide variety of different high quality assemblies for cables. One of the largest subsets of what we build regularly are RF cable assemblies. There are a lot of different types of assemblies for cables that could constitute an “RF cable assembly,” but most commonly, it is in reference to a coax. Coax cables are typically point to point assemblies designed to carry a radio frequency signal from one point to another. This could be an SMA male to BNC female connection, or a male to BNC male connection.
There are a wide variety of connector options and sizes available. The connectors are typically differentiated into three different types, based upon size – Standard, Miniature, and Micro. At TCA, we are capable of working with most common connector styles within these three sizes. Standard sizes we’ve built assemblies with have included BNC, F-Type, N-Type, TNC, among others. Miniature styles we’ve worked with have included, MCX, Mini-BNC, SMA, and many others. Most commonly, among the Micro size, we’ve utilized or integrated MMCX into customer cable builds. However, we’re seeing a large influx of Micro styles requested by customers, as their cable products have become smaller and lack of space is a concern.
RF Coaxial Cables
Along with the cable assembly connectors being used, there are several different types of coaxial bulk cable. TCA has worked with a wide variety of cable types, and our capabilities expand each year in an effort to remain on the cutting edge of cable assembly technology. Among our capabilities is the ability to work with standard cable types such as RG-6, RG-8, RG-58, RG-59, RG-142, RG-174, RG-179, RG-223, RG-316, and countless others. At Technical Cable Applications, we are also capable of producing custom twinaxial, triaxial, semi-rigid, and even micro-coaxial cable assemblies. Our investment into high-end coax cable processing equipment, such as our Schleuniger 5300, affords us the capability to process a wide range of different sizes, all the way down to 42awg!
Coaxial Cable Assemblies
In recent years, we’ve seen an increasing number of requests for micro-coaxial cable assemblies. Micro-coaxial cable assemblies are commonly used in industries such as medical, aviation, automotive, and more increasingly being used by manufacturers of consumer devices. These cable assemblies are typically required where flexibility, compactness, high quality and high-speed data transmission is required. Working hand-in-hand with our customers, our capabilities to work with micro-coaxial assemblies has continued to expand over the years. Our capabilities include the ability to terminate directly to some microcoaxial connectors, or even directly to the customer PCB.
TCA has worked diligently over the years to establish ourselves as a reputable supplier of coaxial cable assemblies, built to customer spec, and competitively priced. Reach out to us to find out how we can provide a high quality solution for any of your RF assembly needs.