Smart Card connector high cycles durability tested to 500,000 cycles

See video of Global Connector Technology SCC055 landed contact Smart Card connector being put through it’s paces in durability testing.  A ISO/IEC 7810 smart card is inserted 500,000 times.  For exacting applications, such as retail point of sale equipment this high cycle rate is essential.

SCC050 is a PCB mounted, horizontal push-pull smart card connector high cycles.  It has eight contacts and includes a card detection switch set as normally open.  The connector is shielded and contacts a sealed switch which is designed to withstand the very high card insertion and extraction rate.

Smart card connector high cycles

GCT offer a range of Smart Card connectors, including low cost versions with lower card cycle rates.  Learn more about GCT’s range of Smart card connectors at www.gct.co. You’ll find explanations of the different contact types friction and landed, card detection switching methods, reverse mount versions and much more.  Drawings, product specifications and 3d models are available for instant download.

New High Current vertical DC Jack – unique in market

high current vertical DC jack

Global Connector Technology (GCT) has released a new high current vertical DC power jacks with 2.50mm centre pin diameter suitable for 5.5mm OD plugs.   The high power parts are shielded and through hole.

High current vertical DC jack DCJ250-15 is unique in the market place in high power format.  In DC jack products horizontal is standard, mounted on the edge of a PCB and thru a panel cut out.   However, GCT’s customers were looking for alternative design configurations, we worked with them to develop a vertical type to solve their design problems.

Customers use high current products to allow fast battery charging in handheld or portable equipment.    This may be in a standalone application, or distributing power to a docking device where multiple handheld units are plugged in to charge.   The high current jacks are tested and rated at 7A in vertical orientation and 8A in horizontal, within a strict temperature rise of 30°C over ambient.   Full product specifications are available at the GCT website, something you may not find using a competitor product.

All of GCT’s DC power jacks are tested to 5,000 mating cycles and offer an operating temperature range of -20°C to 70°C.

Find drawings, product specifications and 3D models for all parts at http://gct.co/dc-power-jacks/ .  Samples are available next day from GCT’s locations worldwide.

Micro USB plug vertical durability testing video

A look behind the scenes at GCT durability testing PCB mount micro usb plug vertical -USB3150  This USB connector is suitable for 10,000 mating cycles, you’ll see it being put through it’s paces at the Global Connector Technology test center.

In this video, the vertical USB plug is mating with a horizontal, PCB mounted, USB micro receptacle.  You can see that both PCB’s are held in a fixture for testing purposes.

The USB3150 has a tiny footprint (7.35mm x 2.80mm) and low profile height (7.13mm) above PCB.  Competition parts are bulky, taking up a large piece of PCB real estate and higher in profile.

Customers are using this connector in docking applications, normally to charge a handheld device, that’s why it’s important that the vertical plug is tested to ten thousand cycles, this is actually the standard for Micro USB2.0.  It’s important that the connector contacts are plating in 30µ” gold to achieve the high level of mating cycles, watch out for competitor products on the market with thinner levels of gold.  You might find a lower cost solutions, but will they perform in demanding applications?

Find out more about the USB3150 micro USB plug vertical here, you can download drawings and full product specification. Our 3D model viewer allows you to view the model online, without installing any special software, click to download 3D models.

Samples are available next day from your local GCT office and from our distributor partners Newark and Farnell.

If you need any help or advice on USB connectors and their applications please contact your local Global Connector Technology sales team.