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Wire and Cable

Wires and cables are used to transmit electrical power or signals

AC Power Cords - AC power cords carry alternating current from one area to another. There are many different standard plugs and voltages, depending upon the country.

Audio Cables - Audio cables transmit audible signals such as voice and music. They are designed to minimize noise and interference that can impair sound quality.  Audio cables connect an audio source such as a stereo or microphone to an audio receiver or output such as speakers. Most products are shielded to prevent electromagnetic interference (EMI), typically with a foil and/or braided shield.

Bare Conductor Wire and Cable - Bare conductor wire and cable is made of conducting materials to carry electric current.

Cable Assemblies - Cable assemblies are collections of wires or cables banded into a single unit with connectors on at least one end.

Cable Assembly Services  - Cable assemblies services manufacture custom, connectorized cables such as coaxial, fiber optic, and multiconductor products.

Cable Harness and Wire Harness Services - Cable harness and wire harness services design and manufacture cable and wire harnesses for specific applications on a contractual basis.

Coaxial Cables and Triaxial Cables - Coaxial cables have an inner conductor insulated by a dielectric material and then surrounded by an outer conductor that is shielded with braid or foil. Triaxial cables add an extra layer of insulation and a second conductive sheath. They are commonly known as coax and triax, and are chosen because of their protection against external electromagnetic interference.

Coiled Cords and Cables - Coiled cords and cables have a spring-like form that allows them to stretch and bend with minimal stress on the wire. They can be extended to a length several times greater than their at-rest length, but return to their original length when released.

Computer Cables - Computer cables are used to connect monitors, keyboards, printers, hard drives, and other peripherals to computers.

Control and Instrumentation Cables - Control and instrumentation cables are used to supply power to devices, such as analytical instruments and process controllers, used in control and instrumentation systems. They are typically designed for specific industrial protocols and are equipped with shielding to prevent electrostatic or electromagnetic interference between the enclosed wires and external fields.

DC Power Cords - DC power cords are electrical cables that are used to connect two DC devices or a DC device and a DC power source. They are also known as DC power cables.

DVI Cables - Digital visual interface (DVI) cables are used to provide high-quality outputs to display devices such as LCD monitors, plasma TVs, and projectors.  DVI is faster than video graphics array (VGA) and uses a multi-wire cable where only one wire is used for the signal.  

Electrical Power Wires - Electrical power wires are solid or stranded conductors surrounded by insulation, shielding, and a protective jacket. 

Ethernet Cables - Ethernet cables are designed to support Ethernet, a standard protocol for the connection of computers in a local area network (LAN). They use twisted pair cables and modular connectors, and are designed to run at 10 Mbps, 100 Mbps, or 1 Gbps.

FireWire® Cables - FireWire cables are used to connect devices that use FireWire, an interface standard developed by Apple Computer and adopted by the IEEE, for very fast digital data transfers. They are used to connect peripherals such as digital camcorders and set-top boxes to personal computers, especially Macintosh computers. FireWire cables permit hot swapping and the transmission of data, video and audio over a single cable at very high bit rates.

Flat Cables - Flat cables are used in computers for internal connections to peripherals. They consist of highly stranded, individually-insulated conductors that are laid parallel and then fused in a flat, flexible ribbon form. Flat cables are also referred to as ribbon cables.

HDMI Cables - High-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) cables are assemblies of audio and video cables that are used to transmit digital audio/video signals. They are used to connect digital devices such as set-top boxes, personal computers, and camcorders to compatible computer monitors, video projectors, and digital televisions. HDMI uses a single cable for the transmission of uncompressed digital data and implements the EIA/CEA-861 standards.

Hookup Wires - Hookup wires are used in low current, low voltage (under 1000 V) applications within enclosed electronic equipment. They are also used in control panels, meters, computers, business machines, and appliances.

Litz Wire - Litz wires are constructed of individually insulated magnet wires that are either twisted or braided into a uniform pattern to minimize power loss.

Magnet Wire - Magnet wire is used to create coils that, when energized, produce an electromagnetic field. Typically, these insulated electrical conductors are made of copper or aluminum.

Medical Cable Assemblies - Medical cable assemblies are designed to connect medical and laboratory instruments and equipment. They transmit power and/or data and usually have an abrasion-resistant jacket that provides relatively low surface friction and mechanical durability. Many are designed with a high degree of flexibility to avoid kinking, and temperature-resistance to withstand autoclave sterilization. Some are disposable.

Multiconductor Cables - Multiconductor cables contain two or more conductors. Each conductor consists of a single wire or a combination of wires.

Network Cables  - Network cables are used in the transmission of data across networks. Choices include Fibre Channel, FireWire or IEEE 1394, GPIB, serial, parallel, patch, SCSI, Ethernet and USB.

Patch Cables and Cords - Patch cables and cords are flexible cables that are terminated at both ends with a plug and used to interconnect circuits on patch panels. They are used with patch panels, groups of ports that connect lines between communications and electronic devices.

Photovoltaic (PV) System Cables - Solar Cable Systems are cables or cable assemblies that are used for distributing power from photovoltaic installations.

Quick Disconnect Cordsets - Quick disconnect cordsets are special power connectors that incorporate a quick-connect mating geometry, typically by twisting and seating for positive contact. These devices are used on machinery and equipment for safety purposes.

SCSI Cables - SCSI cables are used for high-speed bus connections between small computers and intelligent peripherals such as hard disks, printers, and optical disks.

Serial Cables - Serial cables are used for the serial transmission of data. They support communication standards such as RS232, RS422, and RS485, as well as Fibre Channel, IEEE 1394 or FireWire® (Apple Computer, Inc.), and universal serial bus (USB).

USB Cables - USB cables are designed specifically to connect devices that use the universal serial bus (USB) protocol.  They are used to connect personal computers (PCs) and peripherals such as mice, keyboards, printers, digital cameras, and mass storage devices. USB cables are also used in factory environments, sometimes with a locking mechanism, for connecting USB industrial I/O devices to computers.

VGA Cables - VGA cables use three-row, 15-pin video graphics array (VGA) adapters to connect video and computer monitors, video cards, and some high definition televisions (HDTV). They carry analog signals rather than digital signals, including RGBHV and VESA DDC data.

Video Cables - Video cables are used for the transmission of video signals, including monochrome, composite and component color video signals. 

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