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.
There’s not long to go before Electronica 2016 opens it doors again at the Messe Munich, Germany. I’m pleased to announce that GCT it will be exhibiting this year showcasing its innovative range of connectors and custom cable solutions.
It will be a perfect opportunity to see our newly launched USB Type-C connector range, along with other great product lines including Board to Board, SIM and Lighting connectors plus many more. All this can all be found in Hall B2, Booth 456, where you can also receive expert advice from the team on all our products and solutions.
Visitors to the stand can learn why GCT products have been the perfect solution for their design requirements, with millions ending up in devices and equipment ubiquitous to our daily lives. This is why GCT has become the first choice for many leading brands looking for quality interconnect products and services.
There will also be a chance to win some fantastic prizes at the show, including a Neato Botvac, Bose Wireless Speakers and LifeBeam Smart Cycle helmet – all of which utilise GCT connectors!
Electronica 2016 Munich will take place at the Messe München between November 8 – 11 2016. To request your complimentary one-day ticket e-code to the show (typically priced at EUR 34.50), please apply here. We look forward to seeing you there!
So you’ve been searching for a component and finally manage to find a part that meets the requirements perfectly, only to discover that it cannot be packaged appropriately for production processes, how frustrating!
GCT recently rose to the challenge with the BG041 series board to board connector through its custom packaging options. Thru-hole 8 pin header connectors with 2.54mm pitch are only available in bulk packaging, a standard option in the industry for this type of product.
The customer required tape and reel packaging so that parts could be vacuum pick and placed for automated assembly. To make things more difficult, a small cavity with a mating post height and tail length of 1.5mm was also required to house the part, tricky to say the least for tape and reel..
As a result, GCT now has the ability to supply thru-hole headers in tape and reel packaging. By designing and tooling a custom tape and reel cavity to allow the thru hole pin header to be picked and placed in the surface mount process, GCT has demonstrated its capability and flexibility in providing a solution for the customer.
For any custom packaging requirements on board to board connectors or anything else, we’d love to hear from you.
You can find GCT’s full range of board to board connectors here, along with more information on PCB connector packaging here
For Global Connector Technology’s (GCT) North American customers, we have stock of Raspberry Pi USB connector at our channel partner Newark. This is the dual USB2.0 A type connector used on the Raspberry Pi. Link to Newark website.
This connector allows space saving as two USB A interfaces stack on top of each other. It’s rated for use from -40°C to 85°C with a mating cycle rate of 1,500 cable insertions.
See more information on USB1035-GF-P-0-B-B on the GCT website. Including drawing, product specification, 3D models & links to distribution stock.
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.
Filter to find PCB stacking connectors above 50mm using GCT board to board connector link
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.
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.
Here’s GCT guide to SIM card dimension and thicknesses. We offer a large variety of SIM card connectors which accept the three main SIM card types.
Mini SIM, also known as 2ff or 2nd form factor was introduced in 1996 and has been the standard type for many years, there are a wide variety of connector products in the market, but with the emergence of Micro and Nano it’s now a mature product.
2003 saw the introduction of the Micro SIM card, also known as 3ff, or 3rd form factor. Micro SIM is the same thickness as Mini SIM at 0.76 mm, however it offers a much smaller overall package, the contact area remains exactly the same, but size is reduced by more than 50%.
Nano SIM was introduced in 2012 and is becoming more and more prevalent in the market. Nano SIM is also know as 4ff or 4th form factor. It’s even smaller and thinner than Micro SIM, with a 108 mm footprint, vs. 180 mm for Micro. However it is very small and can be fiddly for end users to handle. We see that Micro SIM has longevity in the market, as although smaller it is more easily handled by the end consumer.
Global Connector Technology offer connectors for every SIM card type, with a variety of different styles, such as push-pull, push-push and hinged.