Lucky competition winner takes Bose headphones with micro USB connector inside

GCT exhibited at this years ‘Electronic Design Show’ and ran a competition for visitors to win great prizes with GCT micro usb connector inside. Visitors simply dropped their business cards into the competition box for a chance to win the top prize.

We’re pleased to announce that the lucky winner is Stacey Finn from Odstock Medical Ltd, pictured here, Stacey won the ‘BOSE QuietComfort 20 Acoustic noise cancelling headphones’ which uses GCT’s Micro USB connector for charging.

Please view GCT’s USB connectors to see our wide range of Micro USB connectors for charging applications.

New Range of Smart Card connectors

GCT launch a new range of Smart Card connectors in PCB mounted, push-pull format. The new range suits a variety of applications including point of sale, pay TV, set top box, identification and transportation.Smart Card Connectors

Product options include through hole or surface mount PCB termination.  Landed and friction contact options.  Shielded or un-shielded shell.

For Smart card connectors, choosing the correct type of contact is an key consideration. Contacts are either friction or landed styles, each has different characteristics in both cost and number of card insertions.

Friction contacts are fixed within the connector, when the card is inserted it wipes over the data contacts until they arrive at card pads.  Depending on the card surface, wiping traces can occur after a number of insertion cycles. This does not affect the card function, however Friction types are generally rated at 100,000 card insertion cycles. This type of contact is a more economical choice.

Landed contacts are a moveable contact set within the connector,  when the card is inserted into the connector, the landed contacts move to connect with the pads of the card. The contacts on the card’s surface are not scratched, which allows a higher number of card insertion cycles, typically 500,000 card insertion cycles.

Card detection is achieved by either a blade or sealed switch,click here to find more details, including product drawings, 3d models in IGES, Step and Parasolid formats, an online 3d viewer and full product specifications.

Samples are available from GCT offices today.

Edit 19th Jan 2016 – Distribution partners Premier Farnell (Newark,Farnell & Element 14) have stock incoming, due this week.