As part of a product upgrade we are looking at replacing looms of wires bound together by cable ties or spiral wrap with ribbon cable. We are doing this to try and cut cost and assembly times.
We are happy with the current noise performance of the system, but ribbon cable always seems to be referred to as "Bad" in terms of noise and interference.
The signals consist of a few medium speed digital signals (4 MHz SSI interface) and predominantly +-10V differential analogue signals with a 2 kHz filter on the receiving end. All up we are planning on using a 50 Core cable.
The environment is lab/light industrial, the cable will be approx 300mm long running parallel thin steel plate.
We are looking at using the standard 1.27mm Pitch cable (2 row 2.56mm plugs).
Ultimately, while rated as bad, can I expect at least similar performance from a ribbon cable as bundled wires.