What’s your Connection with GCT? EDS 2015

What's your connection with GCT?Global Connector Technology are excited to participate in the Engineering Design Show 2015 to highlight its innovative range of connector and cable assembly products.  As first time exhibitors we’re aiming to introduce ourselves to potential customers to highlight our brand, people and products!  The show takes place at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on 21-22nd October.

Visitors to stand H70 will learn how GCT products are a design choice for many leading OEM brands, spanning a wide variety of products, applications and markets.  The concept for the show is ‘ What’s your connection with GCT? ’, showing end users coming into contact with GCT products during a working day.

We’d be delighted to see you at the show, please come along to the stand to enter a competition for a chance to win exiting prizes which actually contain GCT connectors. Prizes include Bose Quiet Comfort 20 headphones, a Polar M400 sports watch and Trace cycling light front and rear sets from Exposure.

For further information and to register for your free entry pass click here

About Global Connector Technology
Global Connector Technology (www.gct.co) is headquartered in Hong Kong and has sales and support locations in Hong Kong, North America and Europe. Part of a privately held group of companies, GCT has manufacturing locations in mainland China and a dedicated engineering team based in Hong Kong. GCT is enjoying rapid growth with its focus on expanding markets including handheld devices, computing, industrial, security, medical and consumer. GCT is an ISO9001 approved organization and its products are fully RoHS and Reach compliant.

About The Electronics Design Show
The Electronics Design Show is co-located with the Engineering Design Show and the Embedded Design Show.  The events attract more than 4,000 visitors and 250 exhibitors to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. The Show remains true to the founding principle of catering specifically for design engineers, offering best practice learning and practical design ideas for visitors through a focused exhibition, comprehensive conference and practical workshop sessions.

GCT Micro USB plug in ‘Nipper’, Worlds Smallest Phone Charger

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Micro USB vertical plug

Global Connector Technology’s new vertical Micro USB plug is perfect for docking applications. Often Micro USB male plugs are cable mounted and supplied as part of a cable assembly, however USB3150 is vertical PCB mounted, which allows it to be used in docking charging applications. A great example is the new launch of worlds smallest phone charger ‘Nipper‘ – currently on Kickstarter – using this part.

Nipper’ uses AA batteries to give your gadgets an emergency boost

  • Nipper charger was created by two students from Brunel University
  • Measures 1.7cm across and is designed to fit on a keyring
  • In the event of a phone running out of charger, users can buy two AA batteries and insert them into the device, using it to charge their phone
  • Batteries provide just enough power to make a call or access a map online

The Nipper is designed to be attached to a key ring (shown in the first illustration) and only used in an emergency. When this happens, users open it (2) and place two AA batteries between magnets (3) before connecting it to their phone (4). Includes GCT's micro usb plug.

The small cube has a cloth or leather strap and weighs just 10grams – less than a house key or charging cable.  The gadget doesn't need to be charged beforehand, meaning that people don't have to remember to charge a battery, as well as their phone. Includes GCT's micro usb plug.

To see GCT’s extensive  range of Micro usb plug and receptacle connectors, click here.

GCT website has functionality for mobile device users

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With the aim of delivering the best online customer experience in the connector industry, Global Connector Technology (GCT) has recently evolved its website by offering perfect functionality for customers using tablets and handheld mobile devices. The updated site at www.gct.co is extremely user friendly and contains in depth details on the entire GCT product range.

The new design improves user experience for smaller touch screens. Larger button sizes, simple flowing menus and a perfectly functioning filter system allow customers to find the ideal component quickly and easily. In addition, a new Live Chat feature allows instant access to GCT sales teams across the globe.

The new site is intuitive, users screen size is automatically detected and the window switches between full screen, tablet and handheld modes. Core functionality remains constant, giving customer’s access to GCT exceptional range of PCB connector and cable assembly products and services, such as detailed technical information, custom product options and downloadable 3D models.

Visit www.gct.co to see how easy specifying a connector or cable assembly can be.

GCT Parts Featured on the Ben Heck Show

Recently we sent one of our GCT sample boxes over to Ben Heck of the Ben Heck Show.GCT parts featured on the Ben Heck show - here's the sample boxBen is known for creating all sorts of interesting and unique electrical engineering products, and in this show he set about designing and building a point and shoot digital camera using the Raspberry Pi as a base.

Part-way through the project he dove into our box of treats and picked out a Micro SD connector – MEM2061 to be exact – Its push-push mechanism was perfect for the task in hand.

You can watch the video in its entirety by clicking here

The Ben heck Show is sponsored by Element 14, who stock plenty of GCT parts for quick and easy distribution.

Micro USB plug for vertical PCB mounting

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Micro USB plug vertical

Our new vertical Micro USB plug is perfect for docking applications. Often Micro USB male plugs are cable mounted and supplied as part of a cable assembly, however USB3150 is vertical PCB mounted, which allows it to be used in charging or docking applications.

There are very few competitors products on the market, the Hirose ZX80-B-5S and ZX80-B-5SA are most prevalent in the market place, whilst great products they have a huge plastic base, are relatively high profile and expensive.

For a docking applications customers asked us to develop a version that while strong has a much smaller footprint and lower profile height. We delivered the USB3150, a thru hole micro USB male with a 7.13mm (.28″) profile and 7.35 x 2.80mm (.289″ x .110″) footprint. The mating contacts are 30µ” gold plated and has been tested to industry standards, including 10,000 mating cycle.  Strength is achieved with six metal shell stakes, aided by two large plastic locating pegs.

There are two versions of USB3150 with different stake and lead lengths. This allows customers to most closely match the PCB thickness they are using: 0.75mm (.029″) and 1.30mm (.051″) stakes and leads.

Go to GCT’s website to browse Micro USB plug product drawings, product specification and 3d models, including downloadable models in IGES, Step and Parasolid and an online 3d model viewer.

GCT also have the widest range in the market of Micro USB female receptacles in horizontal and vertical orientation.

Edited 15th Sep 2015 – USB3150 is now in stock at Future Electronics and Newark.

Nano SIM Connector SIM8050 – Re-Engineered to 1.35mm Profile

Profile height is reduced to 1.35mm (.053″).  SIM8050 also offers the smallest SMT footprint size of any Nano SIM connector on the market at: 10.8mm x 12.20mm (.425” x .480”).

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SIM8050 now includes a protective full metal shell offering better protection from heat damage to the SIM card.  Improved card insertion and extraction allows for a better user experience, whilst maintaining excellent vibration and shock characteristics.

The connector is available as 6 contact push-pull type, cards are inserted and removed by hand. It’s suitable for 5,000 card insertion cycles and a card stop function allows the Nano SIM card to by plugged in one orientation only.

There are tray type Nano SIM connectors on the market, formed from a basic contact block and metal shells, which must be purchased separately. In addition to multiple reflow processes the customer must source a plastic tray to hold the SIM card in place, not a problem if you’re producing millions of handset or tablet units, more of an issue for medium volume requirements.

The socket accepts the 4th form factor Nano SIM card format. This format measures 12.3mm Length x 8.8mm Width x 0.67mm Thickness and maintains existing SIM contact arrangements.

The Nano SIM card reduces insulator length from 15mm, width from 12mm vs Micro SIM card insulators.  Card thickness is reduced from 0.76mm, which is the standard on Mini and Micro SIM cards.

This links to all the technical data you’ll need gct.co  alternatively Contact your local GCT office , we have expert SIM connector people available to talk to.

SIM8050 is in stock at our global distributors (Future Electronics, Newark/Farnell & Element 14) now!

Custom Overmolded Cable Assemblies – Trust Our Expertise

GCT Custom overmolded Cable Assemblies

Working with blue chip customers has developed GCT’s expertise in custom overmolded cable assemblies. GCT understand the complex nature of product development and have the skills and experience to help you design the perfect solution for your design, the starting point for considering a molded assembly is often a design challenge, GCT have helped many customers by working hand in hand on developing a custom solutions.

Overmolding provides an aesthetically pleasing and professional finish to your assemblies. In addition overmolding offers durability, improving the overall reliability of the cable assembly.

GCT also offer a range of standard connector overmolds, minor modifications such as strain reliefs, bushes, boots, grommets and PCB’s can be molded into your application for little cost.  Custom overmold tooling starts from as little as $500, making molded cables exception value.

If you seek a bespoke mating connector solution we can help, we’ve designed mating PCB connectors and overmolded cables for a variety of customers. For a flavor of our capability see our case studies.

All cables are fully tested and our production facilities are accredited to ISO9001:2008.  UL certification is available upon request.

Contact your local GCT office to discuss your requirements, we have expert staff to assist you in all locations, we support you wherever you design – wherever you manufacture.

Custom Connector Solutions

GCT has the design and engineering expertise to offer custom connector solutions.

Custom connector solutions

As an example of a recent design that was turned around in eight weeks, a customer approached GCT to provide an RJ45 modular jack with a very small width sidewalls, their application didn’t have the space to accept a standard size connector. After understanding the customers’ requirements and assessing the quality implications of molding very thin side walls, we asked ’why use sidewalls at all?’

GCT offered a modular jack connector without an outside wall, the key design challenge was to hold the eight contacts in place, as without a side wall they would be highly likely to move out of position upon mating. GCT proposed a snap fit comb to be fitted over the contacts of the SMT connector post reflow soldering. The fitted comb not only keeps the contacts in the correct position for the lifetime of the product but also holds the contacts upright for final assembly, securely fastened in place by the customer’s SFP die-cast hood.

To allow auto SMT assembly the main body of the connector was designed to be fitted on the underside of a cutout PCB with two locating pegs providing placement assistance and extra strength.

GCT also offered custom tape & reel packing, no special film was required as flat area was designed on the connector to allow vacuum suction, commercially GCT delivered the solution for the same price as a standard SMT mod jack.

What’s more GCT is also providing the mating special cable assembly, screened to prevent EMI/RFI and including a special offset keyed RJ45 cable plug, which removes any chance of mismating.

“Here at GCT we are very confident in our abilities to exceed customer expectations when it comes to the design and build of innovative connector solutions” stated Steve Turner, Engineering Director of GCT. “What’s more, our engineers relish the challenge of not only designing something that is technically sound, but also that the design is commercially viable”.

Contact your local GCT office to discuss your custom connector requirements.

See Custom connector solutions at the GCT website.

USB3.0 Slimline Mid-Reverse Connectors

GCT USB 3.0 Slimline Mid-Reverse mount

With the nature of electronic design ever changing to offer devices that are both smaller and slimmer it’s imperative that component manufacturers evolve connector technology in response. For this reason Global Connector Technology (GCT) has introduced a new range of USB3.0 mid reverse connectors that are ideal for inclusion in devices such as tablets, notepads and other hand held devices.

In low profile applications where height above and below the PCB is key, GCT offers mid bottom mount USB3.0 connectors. USB3.0 full size connectors are mounted as standard on the topside of the PCB. GCT’s innovative reverse connectors allow mounting on the bottom of the PCB, the connectors sits in a cut out on the printed circuit board thus minimising height. Receptacle insulators have perfect orientation to allow normal cable assembly plug mating with USB symbol facing upwards.

  • USB1115 with cutaway face is perfect for angled panels, with an ultraslim 5.4mm body height.
  • USB1110 is mounted below the PCB, while the bulk of the connector sits above the PCB. Both connectors are packed in tape and reel and are suitable for the demands of high temperature processes.

To speed up design downloadable drawings, 3D models and specifications are here. Parts are in stock in your local GCT office for next day sampling.

Call your local sales office today to discuss design requirements and see why GCT should be the supplier of choice for USB connectors.