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Meet TE's Single Pair Ethernet cable – Critical data just got smaller, lighter, faster

31 March 2021

TE Connectivity (TE) introduces the Raychem Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) cable, which provides faster data rates in a smaller, lighter solution.

The SPE cable is designed to be durable and versatile to operate in harsh environments applications such as commercial and military aerospace, defence, electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, and space. 

“The single pair Ethernet cable allows commercial and defence customers to maintain data rates, while reducing size and weight by up to 75 percent when compared to existing Quadrax systems,” said Lynden Bajus, Product Manager for TE’s Aerospace, Defence and Marine division. “TE’s ability to ruggedise an automotive standard to help meet the harsh environment requirements in aerospace, defence and marine markets, has allowed us to focus on improving size and weight parameters for our customers while continuing to maintain critical data rate needs.”

The Raychem SPE cable delivers 100Mb/s or 1Gb/s in a single pair construction. The cables are standardised under the ARINC 854 cabin equipment network bus standard and are available in both 24 and 26 AWG, with a temperature range of -65°C up to +150°C. 

The cable complements the previously released 369 shielded connectors and completes the new Mini-ETH single pair ethernet system from TE. This system reduces termination time and simplifies maintenance when compared to standard eight-wire cables and rectangular connectors. The full Mini-ETH system is designed to support In-Flight Entertainment systems, seat power, avionics, lighting controls, and is intended to anticipate the needs of the growing eVTOL vehicle market. 

TE’s Mini-ETH system consists of a range of time-tested TE products, including:

• 369 shielded connectors
• SPE cable
• End-to-end Ethernet assemblies

For more information on TE’s Mini-ETH single pair Ethernet system, visit the Mini-ETH landing page.

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