Nano SIM connector facilitates ultra-secure data access

Nano SIM connector facilitates ultra-secure data access

In today’s ever-more connected society, authenticating identities and protecting data is essential to keep users safe and enable services in personal devices, connected objects, the cloud and in between.

Two-factor authentication plays a key role in such protection strategies, and can be implemented as an easy to use solution using advanced smart card technology. Certificate-based technology generates and stores credentials such as private keys, passwords, and digital certificates inside the protected environment of the smart card chip.

In one such solution, users must supply both their personal authenticator device and password to authenticate, providing a critical second level of security beyond simple passwords alone to protect valuable digital business resources.

This innovatively-designed two-factor authenticator solution comes in the form of a USB stick. GCT is similarly innovative, being the first to market with a nano SIM connector – a product which is now in full production. This motivated a leading player in data security technology to partner with GCT for their first mutual project, to integrate GCT’s SIM8051 into the USB authenticator where the Nano SIM connector facilitates ultra-secure data access. The companies worked together to cost down the connector for production.

The connector allows use of a SIM to hold certificates for encryption purposes. The SIM’s architecture and ciphering provides better security than conventional chip memory, as well as being more cost-effective. This use of a SIM for memory capacity rather than wireless capability is almost unique.

While being an economical solution, the SIM8051 offers a durability of 1,500 cycles, with an operating temperature range of -40°C to +85°C. The housing material is LCP with UL94V-0 flame retardant rating.

Connector production is backed by extensive international support. Dealing directly with the customer in two different locations – Europe for design and Asia for production, GCT’s local presence in these markets was also instrumental to the smooth running of the project.

GCT Electronica 2016 Prize Draw Winners

GCT Electronica 2016 Prize Draw WinnersCan you believe it’s been over a month since Electronica Munich 2016 closed its doors? The team here at GCT had a fantastic show and we hope you did too.

A big Thanks to all those who visited us in Germany.  Those who managed to come by our stand will have had the opportunity to leave a business card in a free prize draw. There was a chance to win some fantastic prizes, all of which utilise GCT parts including Board to Board Connectors, Micro USB and FFC connectors.

I’m pleased to announce the Electronica 2016 prize draw winners of the competition, all have been notified and sent the following prizes:

Werner Bröring, Tyco Fire Protection Products – Neato Botvac

Carlo Scoccia, SeitronLifeBEAM Smart Helmet

Paolo Vernelli, ABB Building ProductsBose SoundLink Mini II

Thank you to all those who participated, we had an overwhelming number of entries into the competition.  We hope the Electronica 2016 prize draw winners enjoy their respective products, better luck to those who did not win this time around.

If there are any requirements on any of our connector products or services, please do get in touch to see how GCT can meet your requirements.

 

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.

 

GCT exhibiting at Del Mar Electronics and Design Show – San Diego, CA May 2016

Del Mar Electronics

GCT are exhibiting at the Del Mar Electronics & Design show in San Diego, California on 4th and 5th May 2016.

Come and meet our connector and cable assembly experts and learn more about how GCT products are the design choice for many leading brands, spanning a wide variety of products and markets

We look forward to seeing you at booth 570 in the Exhibit Hall.

To register for free go to – http://www.mfgshow.com/electroshows/delreg.cfm

To learn more about GCT go to GCT’s website.