- Cicoil was founded in 1956 with an innovative new product for the early mainframe computers - the flat ribbon cable. The ribbon cable allowed companies like IBM to replace bulky, stiff round cables with sleek, flexible ribbon cables. 

  • Product
  • Video
  • Product
  • Featured
  • Tools
    & Support
  • Company
  • Other
Go To Product Training Module Index Page

Digi-Key’s library of more than 2000 exclusive PTM Online… On Demand® product training modules is a collection of training tools created with you – the busy design engineer – in mind. They are provided with the cooperation of participating supplier partners. From this one source, you can learn about the latest products and technologies, download datasheets, check inventory, contact our technical staff, and place an order for same-day shipment.

These modules are available in audio and non-audio formats and listed by supplier in easy-to-find alphabetical order. Simply locate the module that interests you and click on your format of choice. We hope you find these tools useful, and with new modules added continuously, we invite you to stop back often to see what’s new.

Product Training Modules Online...On Demand® is a registered trademark of Digi-Key Corporation.

Updated PTM = Updated Product Training Module - PTM        New PTM = New Product Training Module - PTM

Module NamePreviewAudioNon-AudioDurationParts List
  • Flexx-Sil™ Jacketed Single Conductor Cable
1.4MB510KB5 minParts List
  • Hi-Flex Unshielded Flexx-Sil Jacketed Multi-conductor Flat Cable
1.9MB676KB5 minParts List
  • Highly Flexible Flat Flexx-Sil™ Cable Technology
1.8MB580KB5 minParts List
  • Highly Flexible Flexx-Sil Jacketed Industrial Ethernet Cat 5e Cables
1.8MB654KB5 minParts List
  • Highly Flexible Flexx-Sil™ Jacketed Camera Link Cables
1.8MB667KB5 minParts List
  • Highly Flexible Flexx-Sil™ Jacketed IDC Ribbon Cable
1.9MB737KB5 minParts List

To view modules, you will need Adobe Flash Player 9, or greater, installed on your computer. Adobe Flash Player is available FREE from Adobe.

Flash Player  |  Flash Player Support Center

More about Cicoil

Cicoil Invents the Ribbon Cable

Cicoil was founded in 1956 with an innovative new product for the early mainframe computers - the flat ribbon cable. The ribbon cable allowed companies like IBM to replace bulky, stiff round cables with sleek, flexible ribbon cables. Cicoil's innovative engineers figured out how to use a new material, proprietary Flexx-Sil™, to 'mold' a flat cable containing multiple conductors of the same size. Named ribbon cables, variations of these flat cables are still used today in most computers, printers, and many electronic devices.

Cicoil's ribbon cables helped America put a man on the moon, as the lightweight cables were integral to the first space walk in 1965, and the Lunar landing in 1969. In the decades that followed, Cicoil flat cables have performed on every US fighter jet and helicopter; most commercial airplanes; The Space Shuttle, Apollo, Gemini, and Mercury Space Programs; and in many demanding missile, Space satellite and land-based applications.

Flexx-Sil™ Material and Patented Extrusion Process

Servo-controlled automation systems need cables that are able to continuously flex for millions of cycles, are lightweight, and that fit in increasingly compact spaces. To meet these new needs, Cicoil developed a new extrusion process, able to make continuous lengths of flat cable with a unique, crystal clear material named Flexx-Sil™. Representing a quantum leap from Cicoil’s original molded flat cables, the new Flexx-Sil™ material and extrusion process created a wide variety of high performance, cost-effective flat cable solutions for the Semiconductor, Motion Control, and Medical Automation industries worldwide.

Cicoil Today – Innovating for the Future

Cicoil continues its proud history of innovation, with the company's automated, state-of-the-art facility in Valencia, California. A recent modification of the tooling on Cicoil’s extrusion equipment now allows Cicoil to manufacture single conductor round and multi-conductor flat cables larger than 4 AWG – Cicoil can now manufacturer cables as large as 2/0 AWG. In addition, ½ inch tubing can now be incorporated in custom cable designs. By implementing the latest lean manufacturing production techniques, Cicoil continues to design and manufacture the highest quality products, with fast, responsive lead times for our customers. Our efforts have earned numerous customer and industry awards for quality, delivery, and continuous improvement, and our continued R&D has resulted in multiple US and worldwide patents.
Part Search:

Part Search Listing by Category
Manufacturer's Link