Smart Card connector high cycles durability tested to 500,000 cycles

See video of Global Connector Technology SCC055 landed contact Smart Card connector being put through it’s paces in durability testing.  A ISO/IEC 7810 smart card is inserted 500,000 times.  For exacting applications, such as retail point of sale equipment this high cycle rate is essential.

SCC050 is a PCB mounted, horizontal push-pull smart card connector high cycles.  It has eight contacts and includes a card detection switch set as normally open.  The connector is shielded and contacts a sealed switch which is designed to withstand the very high card insertion and extraction rate.

Smart card connector high cycles

GCT offer a range of Smart Card connectors, including low cost versions with lower card cycle rates.  Learn more about GCT’s range of Smart card connectors at You’ll find explanations of the different contact types friction and landed, card detection switching methods, reverse mount versions and much more.  Drawings, product specifications and 3d models are available for instant download.

New High Current vertical DC Jack – unique in market

high current vertical DC jack

Global Connector Technology (GCT) has released a new high current vertical DC power jacks with 2.50mm centre pin diameter suitable for 5.5mm OD plugs.   The high power parts are shielded and through hole.

High current vertical DC jack DCJ250-15 is unique in the market place in high power format.  In DC jack products horizontal is standard, mounted on the edge of a PCB and thru a panel cut out.   However, GCT’s customers were looking for alternative design configurations, we worked with them to develop a vertical type to solve their design problems.

Customers use high current products to allow fast battery charging in handheld or portable equipment.    This may be in a standalone application, or distributing power to a docking device where multiple handheld units are plugged in to charge.   The high current jacks are tested and rated at 7A in vertical orientation and 8A in horizontal, within a strict temperature rise of 30°C over ambient.   Full product specifications are available at the GCT website, something you may not find using a competitor product.

All of GCT’s DC power jacks are tested to 5,000 mating cycles and offer an operating temperature range of -20°C to 70°C.

Find drawings, product specifications and 3D models for all parts at .  Samples are available next day from GCT’s locations worldwide.

Micro USB plug vertical durability testing video

A look behind the scenes at GCT durability testing PCB mount micro usb plug vertical -USB3150  This USB connector is suitable for 10,000 mating cycles, you’ll see it being put through it’s paces at the Global Connector Technology test center.

In this video, the vertical USB plug is mating with a horizontal, PCB mounted, USB micro receptacle.  You can see that both PCB’s are held in a fixture for testing purposes.

The USB3150 has a tiny footprint (7.35mm x 2.80mm) and low profile height (7.13mm) above PCB.  Competition parts are bulky, taking up a large piece of PCB real estate and higher in profile.

Customers are using this connector in docking applications, normally to charge a handheld device, that’s why it’s important that the vertical plug is tested to ten thousand cycles, this is actually the standard for Micro USB2.0.  It’s important that the connector contacts are plating in 30µ” gold to achieve the high level of mating cycles, watch out for competitor products on the market with thinner levels of gold.  You might find a lower cost solutions, but will they perform in demanding applications?

Find out more about the USB3150 micro USB plug vertical here, you can download drawings and full product specification. Our 3D model viewer allows you to view the model online, without installing any special software, click to download 3D models.

Samples are available next day from your local GCT office and from our distributor partners Newark and Farnell.

If you need any help or advice on USB connectors and their applications please contact your local Global Connector Technology sales team.

GCT work with picoPOD in application to help the energy poor

picoPOD 30 with GCT dual stack USB connector for the energy poorPICOPOD 30 SET with GCT dual stack USB connector for the energy poor

Global Connector Technology is delighted to supply connectors for MOAB POWER’s picoPOD project, which is a fascinating application.

There are estimated to be 1.6 billion energy poor people in the world, mainly in developing countries. The picoPOD delivers a solution for those people who are off the electricity grid to be able to power simple appliances, offers basic lighting and mobile phone charging.

Moab claim its 10 year plus battery life delivers more power and brighter lights than competitors, wrapped up in a smaller package.

MOAB Power teamed up with the GCT Sales staff in the early stages of development allowing for product samples and engineering support during the crucial stages.  As a result, the picoPOD is using GCT’s  full size, dual stacked receptacle USB1035 to allow for multiple, simultaneous charging capabilities.  The USB1035 dual stack is ideal for all applications requiring multiple horizontally USB sockets, where space is an issue.

The picoPOD utilizes proprietary, safe, 10-year lithium solar cells, coupled with smart power management and an LED gauge. Enclosed in a small form factor case, it is less than 1/3 the size and weight of competing lead acid systems and much more environmentally friendly.

The picoPOD line up consists of two versions with 30Wh and 60Wh batteries, each with 4x12v and 2 USB ports. Application include LED lighting, mobile phone charging and powering DC appliances such as fans, radios, televisions, etc.

A 90Wh, laptop version, is also in development.

Included with the picoPOD, are appropriately sized solar panels, 3x1W [100 Lumen] LED lights and a multi-tip mobile phone charging cable.  160 Lumen – 1 Watt LED lights are optional.

We’re told the picoPOD units to help the energy poor will start shipping Q1 2016.  Find more information here.

View GCT’s range of innovative connectors


DC Power Jack – New Range

DC Power Jack - Thru hole and SMT

See details of a new range of GCT jacks.

Have a plug but can’t find a jack?  GCT make it easy to find the perfect DC power jack for your application. Our online parametric search allows you to search by the plug inner (ID) and outer (OD) dimensions, no need to spend valuable minutes poring over catalogues and datasheets.  You can also search by lots of other attributes including current rating, and switch type!

The range consists of thru hole and surface mount parts, including high power versions in both straight and right angle orientation.  Jack pin sizes of 0.65mm, 2.00mm, 2.35mm & 2.50mm diameter are available,  spanning current ratings from 1.5A to 9A.

GCT also offer 3d models in IGES, Step and Parasolid formats, an online 3d viewer, downloadable PDF drawing and full product specifications.  While putting this range together we noticed that many of our competitors don’t offer these facilities.  Our aim is to share as much information with customers as possible and make it easy for them to design in GCT parts.

The product drawings also contain details of the mating plugs, see example: Mating DC plug

Samples are available from your local GCT office in first week January 2016. This range will be introduced to our distribution partners, including Newark and Farnell in early Jan 2016.

Molded cable assemblies – New photos

We’ve added more photos of molded cable assemblies to the GCT website – cable assembly pages today.

These photos are examples of real cables running in our production, we have facilities in the UK and China, both ISO approved. We also offer UL approvals where required.

We work with customer to help solve their design problems, molded cable assemblies are a great way of offering design solutions.   Each one is a bespoke design for the customer, with a small tooling charge.  Minimums are relatively small, customers are often surprised to learn they can choose a custom design for relatively modest volumes, you don’t need to purchase hundreds of thousands for GCT to help you.

The LED cable shown below fits into the customer’s assembly with the use of a slot.

Overmolded LED Assembly - from GCT molded cable assembly range

The Micro USB plug shown below, is unusual as it’s a right angle version, our customer uses this cable assembly in a docking application.  The very small molded body fits into the customers overall dock design, the other end of the cable is a standard 1.20mm pitch crimp housing, which connects to a header on the printed circuit board.

Micro USB plug right angle overmold - from GCT's molded cable assembly range

Speak to our molded cable assembly experts to find out how we can help you with your design problems.  Find your local contact at the GCT contact page.

Lucky competition winner takes Bose headphones with micro USB connector inside

GCT exhibited at this years ‘Electronic Design Show’ and ran a competition for visitors to win great prizes with GCT micro usb connector inside. Visitors simply dropped their business cards into the competition box for a chance to win the top prize.

We’re pleased to announce that the lucky winner is Stacey Finn from Odstock Medical Ltd, pictured here, Stacey won the ‘BOSE QuietComfort 20 Acoustic noise cancelling headphones’ which uses GCT’s Micro USB connector for charging.

Please view GCT’s USB connectors to see our wide range of Micro USB connectors for charging applications.

New Range of Smart Card connectors

GCT launch a new range of Smart Card connectors in PCB mounted, push-pull format. The new range suits a variety of applications including point of sale, pay TV, set top box, identification and transportation.Smart Card Connectors

Product options include through hole or surface mount PCB termination.  Landed and friction contact options.  Shielded or un-shielded shell.

For Smart card connectors, choosing the correct type of contact is an key consideration. Contacts are either friction or landed styles, each has different characteristics in both cost and number of card insertions.

Friction contacts are fixed within the connector, when the card is inserted it wipes over the data contacts until they arrive at card pads.  Depending on the card surface, wiping traces can occur after a number of insertion cycles. This does not affect the card function, however Friction types are generally rated at 100,000 card insertion cycles. This type of contact is a more economical choice.

Landed contacts are a moveable contact set within the connector,  when the card is inserted into the connector, the landed contacts move to connect with the pads of the card. The contacts on the card’s surface are not scratched, which allows a higher number of card insertion cycles, typically 500,000 card insertion cycles.

Card detection is achieved by either a blade or sealed switch,click here to find more details, including product drawings, 3d models in IGES, Step and Parasolid formats, an online 3d viewer and full product specifications.

Samples are available from GCT offices today.

Edit 19th Jan 2016 – Distribution partners Premier Farnell (Newark,Farnell & Element 14) have stock incoming, due this week.

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

Custom USB cable assembly with molded pivotUSB Cable Assembly - Molded Pivot1.25mm pitch wire to board cableUSB cable assembly - Type A USB2.0 plug