USB Cable Assembly – Hideaway with molded pivot

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

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Pin Header for USB Thru Hole footprint

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.Pin header for USB thru hole footprint

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.

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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.

Micro USB connectors for PCB stacking?

Micro USB connectors for parallel PCB stacking?

GCT recently introduced USB3150, a vertical, B-type, PCB mounted, micro USB plug. Customers asked us, ‘can we use Micro USB connectors for PCB stacking ‘?

Our answer is yes, it’s a good option for some designs. From a PCB real estate point of view it’s a similar small footprint compared to post and box board to board connectors, such as 1mm (.039″) pitch.   There are two options for customer to choose from, a SMT receptacle, such as USB3140 or a thru hole receptacle, such as USB3105.

The graphic above shows the mating height options, unfortunately the stacking profiles are fixed, however a low profile of 8.63mm (.339″) may be achieved.

The additional benefits are that there is a lead in on the Micro USB receptacle which guides the Micro USB plug into place, this is not the case with a board to board connector.

There is an obvious advantage vs standard board to board connectors in high cycle application.  Micro USB connectors are rated and tested to ten thousand mating cycles, compare that to standard board to board connectors, which are rated at one hundred cycles.

One downside is that the contacts are limited to five circuits,unfortunately that is a given of the USB-IF standards for USB2.0.

To enquire on the universal suspects go to Micro USB vertical B type 2.0 filter and see all the choices in one click!

All the parts mentioned above are available via GCT’s distribution stockists, Newark and Future Electronics have stock on hand.  We expect Farnell to have UK stock of USB3150 early in 2016.

Vertical Micro USB Receptacle – SMT short stakes

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A high volume customer using USB3140 requested shorter leads of GCT’s vertical Micro USB receptacle.  This connector has SMT leads with two thru hole shell stakes and a plastic supporting base for stability.

The customers are using a 1.00mm (.039″) thick printed circuit board with a paste in hole process, the existing shell stakes were protruding beneath the PCB, which was not acceptable to the customer.  The shell stake length options were 1.70mm and 2.30mm.

The change was handled by commission special tooling, we amended the shell tool and achieved a solution for the customer by using 0.7mm long shell stakes.  This was a perfect solution for the customer.

If you are a volume user (100K+ annually) and a GCT vertical micro USB receptacle requires a tweak to fit your design, contact GCT to discuss a custom solution.

See GCT’s industry leading range of Micro USB vertical receptacles and plugs. 

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.

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.

Vertical Micro USB Connectors – Long leads for thicker PCB’s!

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In response to customer demand GCT are delighted to release Micro USB connectors with 2.3mm leads suitable for 1.6mm PCB thickness.  GCT’s range of vertical micro USB connectors now stretches to six products, including SMT and thru hole types.

Customers loved the original thru hole connectors – USB3105/3130, however some customers using thicker PCB’s found the original 1.5mm shell stake/lead length wasn’t suitable for 1.6mm (.062″) thick printed circuit boards.  USB3106 B type & USB3131 A/B offer 2.3mm leads perfect for thicker PCB’s.

USB3106 & 3131 are in stock in your local GCT office for next day sampling.  Future and Newark Electronics have stock in place today.

contact GCT if you require design assistance.

Dual Stacking USB3.0 Connector

USB3.0 Dual A Connector

A low cost high quality USB3.0 dual stacking A type has been added to our extensive USB3.0 range, part number USB1100.

USB1100 is insert molded and automatically assembled for a high quality finish.

FYI we produce a USB2.0 dual stack version – USB1035

3d models, product drawings and specifications are available for download on both parts (click on the links above)

Samples of both parts are available next day from your local sales office.    Distributors Future Electronics and Newark/Element 14 have stock orders placed.

USB3 Bottom mount connectors

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For volume applications GCT offer a variety of bottom mount USB3.0 connectors in mid mount format.   Mid mount connectors are perfect for low profile consumer electronics applications, where height above and below the PCB are critical.

GCT offer a huge range of mid mounting USB3 connectors with options for mounting on the top or bottom of the PCB, the image above shows mid-bottom mount options, sometimes called ‘sink’ types. Standard full size USB connector mounting is on top side of the printed circuit board, working with customers we’ve engineered a range of innovative solutions to allow mounting on the bottom of the PCB.  The GCT range allows the insulator to be in a perfect position to allow normal cable mating with the USB symbol facing upwards.

USB1110  (Left) sits flush with the bottom of PCB. Overall face height 5.7mm.

USB1115  (Right) allows an ultraslim 5.4mm body height with cutaway face perfect for angled panel and small PCB real estate.

Whatever your space constraints we can offer an USB3 connector solution! Please Contact your local GCT office for design advice.