A Bright Idea for GCT’s Micro USB Vertical Connector

Solar Jar Compton Verney - GCT's Micro USB Vertical Connector USB3140

It’s often the simple ideas that work best.  Take the Consol Solar Jar, a clever little product which combines the simplicity of a jar with solar powered LED capabilities though its integrated solar cell lid.

Suntoy, based in South Africa manufactures the Solar Jar which has proved very popular and this trend has no signs of stopping.  The original concept was to provide a green and renewable light source for people in areas without electricity.  After becoming a cult item in South Africa, the rest of the world wants in and the product is now used for decorative and functional purposes too.

Now let’s be honest, the sun’s rays aren’t always guaranteed to be strong enough depending on the weather conditions and where you are in the world, so an optional power input source to counteract these situations would be prudent.  This presented GCT an opportunity to include one of its industry leading micro USB connectors for additional charging capabilities.

Due to the design within the lids electronics, space on the PCB was limited.  GCT’s USB3140 was the ideal choice – a Micro USB vertical connector with its space saving footprint – it also made charging more accesible versus other micro USB Styles.

More recently, the success of the product has culminated in two week long Illumination Event at Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park in Warwickshire, UK.  I attended one of the sessions and it was great to see the solar jars in action. GCT is proud to be part of something which is not only making a difference to people’s lives, but also something for individuals to express themselves creatively.

You can find out more about GCT’s exciting USB connector range here, including the recently launched USB3160, a new ultra-low profile vertical Micro USB.

 

Custom PCB header with supporting feet

PCB header with supporting feet

We’ve been working with a customer who needed a customized stacking header with an extended height but tiny footprint to stack two PCB’s in parallel orientation. We offered an elevated header from our 1.00mm pitch board to board connector range, this looked like a perfect solution, but was prone to tipping during the solder process, a problem magnified by the tiny contact pitch.

To help balance the connector we molded a custom insulator and produced a PCB header with supporting feet.  The feet were designed to strategically to work around existing components on the PCB, which enabled the customer to avoid a PCB re-design.

Turnaround time on this design was seven to ten days.

Another problem solved with a clever solution from GCT’s custom connector team!  We can offer a wide range of custom PCB header solution, from simple modifications of existing parts all the way up to a bespoke PCB header solution.

If your PCB header requirement seems out of the ordinary speak to GCT, our low tooling charges and minimum order quantities might surprise you.

Link to Global Connector Technology board to board pages.

Link to Global Connector Technology custom PCB connector pages.

Dual SIM connector saves PCB real estate

Increasingly customers in all markets are working to reduce the physical size of their products. In the Automotive track and trace market this is especially relevant when the tracking device is the first thing a thief would like to remove. Making tracking devices smaller enables them to be hidden more easily within the body of the car.

Often tracking units require two SIM cards to give mobile network redundancy, should one network have poor signal coverage another network picks up the tracking duties. GCT’s dual SIM connector SIM6050 enables mechanical engineers to place two SIM cards one on top of the other reducing the PCB space needed by 50%.  This is a popular product, used widely within the tracking industry.

SIM6050 dual SIM connector