Planar PCB connection when the PCB spacing is greater than 50mm is a challenge using traditional, economical elevated pin headers and sockets as the length of the pins can cause distortion either during the product manufacturing process or in the final assembly process.
An alternative option is to utilize a low cost PCB in place of the elevated pin header.
The picture shows an example from GCT’s 2.00mm pitch board to board connector range. Receptacle connectors are mounted on both horizontal PCBs. BF100 on the uppermost PCB and a BF120 on the lower PCB.
On the vertical PCB the uppermost connector is a BF060 with the lower part being a custom shrouded version.
This arrangement can be made using parts from GCT’s 1.00, 1.27, 2.00 & 2.54mm pitch ranges.
This USB cable assembly is designed with an overmolded & wired pivot to snap into the customers housing this innovative USB cable assembly allows the whole assembly to be hidden in a cavity until needed.
Our customer came to us with the design brief, ‘we need to design a USB cable that can be packed away until required’. We worked with in tandem with the customer and developed a plastic molded pivot which allows the cable to be hidden in a cavity until required, pretty neat!
One end of the cable assembly is a USB2.0 A type plug, the other a 4 pin 1.25mm pitch wire to board connector.
Contact GCT to discuss your custom molded cable assembly requirements, the minimum volumes and tooling charges might surprise you!
To view GCT’s wide range of custom overmolded USB cable assembly click here
GCT has developed a pin header for USB thru hole footprint. The footprint matches the standard USB2.0 A type, full size standard.
A customer has designed their PCB for USB and during the final phases of the design wanted to have the USB connector mounted in the outer panel of the equipment. This simple pin header for USB thru hole footprint allows users to switch to a panel mount USB interface, via a simple wire assembly, without the need for a main PCB change or an additional PCB to support the panel mount USB socket.
GCT can offer the appropriate USB cable assembly with a panel mount, cable mounted USB A receptacle.
As this is hot of press we haven’t uploaded this to our website yet , so please contact GCT for more details.
Edit 29th Jan 2016: Also take a look at the GCT overmolded cable assembly pages, where you may request custom USB cable assemblies.