High Data Rate USB 3.1 Cable for UAVs & UAM

The cable provides double the bandwidth of USB 3.0 and also supports USB 2.0 legacy applications By Mike Ball / 23 Sep 2022

High-speed USB 3.1 cableTE Connectivity has launched a new Raychem USB 3.1 cable that provides enhanced data rate speeds of up to 10 Gb/s and is designed for commercial and military aerospace applications such as UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing), and UAM (urban air mobility). The cable features double the bandwidth of USB 3.0 and also supports USB 2.0 legacy applications.

TE’s new USB 3.1 cable can withstand harsh environment temperatures ranging between -65˚C up to 200˚C, and helps reduce harnessing time and costs for applications such as data transfer, missile systems and avionics. Compared to industry-standard tape wrap constructions, TE’s construction implements the use of an extruded component and jacket which can lead to a more simplified termination.

Other features of the new high-speed USB 3.1 cable include:

  • Meets the requirements of FAR part 25, Appendix F, Part 1 when tested in accordance with the 60-degree test
  • Jacket tensile strength of 2000 psi minimum
  • Jacket elongation of 200% minimum

Greg Shirk, product manager for TE’s Aerospace, Defense and Marine division, commented: “Higher data rates are becoming a staple requirement for next generation aerospace platforms. We know how important it is for data to get to its destination quickly to keep aerospace vehicles in the air and critical data moving. That is why we designed the USB 3.1 cable to meet and exceed current industry expectations.”

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Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact