I am working on a prototype device and I will have a daughter-board mounted at an odd angle in a custom enclosure. I need to get a USB signal, and a few extra GPIO type wires, over to the board. I can't really do a board-to-board connector and will almost certainly need a cable. It only needs to run a few inches, about 2-4. It needs to be reliable and easy to assemble, no stripping an existing fine wires. I don't want an actual USB connector, I'm looking for something slightly more permanent.
I had a few thoughts and am not sure what is best.
Use a ribbon cable and IDC connector. Noise might be a problem but I'm not sure. I could wrap with a foil tape, but it's still not a twisted pair and might be slower.
Use a shielded USB cable that is terminated with a female crimp header, like you see on a motherboard for front panel USB. This seems like a good option, but I can't find a source of really short cables. It also wouldn't have the extra connections.
Use a SATA connector and cable. It's well shielded and readily available. It's not twisted pair though. Will that be a big deal over a few inches? How terrible is it to use a standardized cable for something completely different?
Open to suggestions and corrections.