Connectors for the Smart Metering Industry

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Global Connector Technology offer a full package of connectors to smart metering customers, the focus is on board to board for in meter PCB connection, SIM card products to allow GSM module communcation and Flat Flexible connectors and cable for connecting PCB’s to a display.

A huge range of standard board to board products is complimented by custom product expertise, which allows simple modifications to board to board connectors all the way up to complete bespoke connector design.

Customers trust that GCT have the experience, skills and technical expertise to assist with design of custom board to board interconnects, for example we recently designed a bespoke connector to meet Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specifications (SMETS).  We offer a high quality board to board products at an extremely competitive price, critically overall project cost often comes as a pleasant surprise, as tooling costs and volume thresholds for project acceptance are low compared to many brand named competitors.  You’re thinking, you would say that, wouldn’t you! Ask us to a quote and see for yourself.

SIM connectors come in three standard card sizes: Nano, Micro and Mini (know more commonly as ‘standard SIM’).  Choose between push-pull, push-push and hinged connector types depending on your design constraints. There are options for card detection too, for when your design needs to know that that the card is inserted.  Use the narrow your search functionality to find the perfect option for your design..

To speed up design downloadable drawings, 3D models and specifications are available at gct.co.

Call today to discuss design requirements, or see our custom board to board connector case studies.

New – Nano SIM Connector SIM8050 Push/Pull Type.

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GCT are delighted to be first to market with a Nano SIM connector.  SIM8050 is a 6 contact push-pull Nano SIM connector with 1.45mm low profile height, tiny 12.3mm x 11.0mm outline and card stop feature.  It’s suitable for 5,000 mating cycles with an operating temperature of -20°C to +80°C.

SIM8050 accepts the recently introduced new Nano SIM card format, Nano-SIM or 4FF (4th form factor) measures 12.3mm × 8.8mm × 0.67mm but maintains the existing 2FF and 3FF contact arrangements. Compared to Micro SIM a smaller area of isolating material remains around the Nano SIM contacts to avoid short circuits with the connector.  The 0.67 mm thickness of the Nano-SIM card is approx. 15% percent less than Mini/Micro SIM card thickness of 0.76mm.

SIM8050 drawing, product specification and 3D model are online now.  Samples available from your local GCT office now.  Newark/Farnell and Future Electronics are holding stock.

Other Nano SIM connector types (such as mid PCB mount type) are in development, please contact GCT to discuss your design requirements.

Contact your local sales office to register an interest.

Micro USB connector without lead in

Micro USB connector without lead in

Common wisdom has it that customers always seek a lead in on the face of a Micro USB2.0 PCB receptacle. A lead in provides a easier mating connection with the µUSB cable plug, the flange guides the plug into the correct position and the end user does not have to work quite so hard, I know how fiddly it is plugging in my smart phone charger, so I’m sure that having the flange is useful, right?

Numerous customers approached GCT because they wanted a Micro USB connector without lead in.  Our first thought was a triumph of style over substance in this age of throwaway products.

Dig a little deeper and that not quite the story, a high end hi-fi equipment customer wanted to mount flush with a panel, shown in the image above. Their beautiful product design was more important than user functionality, especially for a connector slot that may only be plugged once in a blue moon, their product must look good even from behind!

Other customers told us they desiged they own moulding for the connector to sit within, in effect the customers moulding becomes the lead in, so no need for the mating lead in on the connector.

After a tooling change on a standard µUSB connector (USB3075) to remove the mating entry lead in, we now offer a Micro USB connector with flush face USB3076, see GCT’s full range of Micro USB connectors.

USB3076 is stocked by Newark, Farnell & Element 14.

Note GCT also have vertical Micro USB connectors without mating face, see the range in our narrow your search

New Micro SIM Connector – Push/Pull Style

GCT developed a new Micro SIM connector in push-pull style.

Micro SIM cards are the same contact arrangement as standard ‘Mini SIM’ cards, however a smaller card size of 15 x 12 mm shows a large saving in SIM card footprint.

Available in 6 or 8 contacts with a 2.45mm profile. SIM7050 is suitable for 5,000 SIM card cycles, contact force holds the Micro SIM card in place.

Contact your local office for samples from stock, or view and download 2D drawings and 3D models.

USB3 Micro Connectors–Super Speed in Tiny Format

GCT are excited to offer a new range of USB3 Micro connectors in right angle PCB mount with A/B and B mating configurations, this complements GCT’s existing full size USB3.0 offering.

USB3 significantly increases date transmission speeds vs. USB2, allowing transmission of up to 4.8 Gbps, x10 faster than USB2, this step up allows seamless uncompressed transmission of high speed data, such as moving HD images.

USB3.0 allows for more power when required, Micro connectors have 10 contacts which allow an all signal option at 1.0A per pin, or a power/signal option with two pins rated at 1.8A and the remainder running at 0.5A, operating temperature is -30° to 85°C.

PCB sockets are backward compatible with Micro USB2, USB2 micro cables plug into USB3.0 micro receptacles using the ‘left hand’ cavity, note data transfer at lower USB2.0 rate.

GCT offers SMT micro versions in bottom mount (standard) with pure SMT or with thru hole stakes for strength.  30µ” gold plate is standard, allowing 10k mating cycles.  A/B types have a reverse Superspeed diff. pair pin assignment which allows On-The-Go option.

Go to: http://www.gct.co/usb-connectors/usb3-connector.aspx  for more info, drawings, 3d models, specs, etc

Reverse Mount Micro USB Connectors – Top Mount options!

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GCT offers a Micro USB2 connector for top mount printed circuit board applications.

GCT’s reverse B type allows horizontal Micro USB connectors to be mounted on the top side of PCB, standard Micro USB connectors are mounted on the bottom of the PCB. The top mount connectors accept µUSB cable plugs with USB symbol facing upwards, which is the proper orientation, to take advantage of the top mount design option customers must make PCB cut outs, this caters for space envelope of cable mounted plug ‘tangs’ mounted on the bottom of cable plugs.

GCT offer USB3100 pure SMT & USB3135  through hole stakes for extra strength.

Get 2D drawings, specifications and 3D models from the GCT website Top Mount Micro USB connector

 

LED PCB strips connectors

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GCT offers an economical solution for connecting PCB strips in end to end orientation.

Desirable in solid state lighting applications where space is limited, in combination a vertical SMT socket and U-Shaped header allow horizontal PCB mating with plugging from above. The GCT solution allows LED strip PCB’s to be slotted into place and a U- Shaped header to be plugged in later, an additional benefit is easy repair and maintenance.

GCT’s White Lite connector range is available in 2-6 circuits, vertical socket (BG306) mates with either single insulator (BG304) or double insulator (BG305) U Shaped headers.

Insulators are LCP in natural coloured for better aesthetic effect, the light coloured parts reduce light absorption and reduce shadows.

To speed up your design download 2D drawings, specifications and 3D models on our Drop In LED Strip Connector page.

Free evaluation samples of most types are available and shipped same day from your local sales office.

White Lite- LED Connector Solutions

White Lite Connectors

GCT offers a new range of connectors for solid state lighting applications.

White Lite is aimed at Printed circuit board LED strip applications; the connectors offer perfectly aligned centre lines to allow end to end mating of PCB’s. Available in SMT or thru hole with 2-6 contacts in a traditional plug and socket arrangement.  Alternatively as a thru hole single piece solution with an innovative U-shaped connector design.

U-shaped connectors are an economical option and allow connections where access from above the PCB is the only option. U-Shaped connectors can be either soldered direct to the PCB or plugged into vertical PCB sockets (BG306).
LCP insulators are natural coloured to reduce light absorption not only providing better aesthetics but also a resistance to high process temperatures.

All White Lite parts are available in stock for rapid same day sampling. To speed up your design you can also immediately download 2D drawings and 3D models from our website.

View White Lite connectors.
Free evaluation samples of all White Lite parts are available and shipped same day from your local sales office.

White Lite is also stocked by our channel partners Future Electronics, Farnell,  Newark & Element 14.

Micro USB2 Connectors offers multiple design options.

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GCT offers a new range of µUSB connectors, now defined as the standard interface port for Smartphone in Europe.

Available in B and A/B formats in horizontal top and bottom mount, with vertical thru hole version allowing an alternative design configuration.

Optional metal stakes and plastic pegs offer options to make your design more robust. Parts are rated to 10k cycles ensuring longevity in all applications, including On-The-Go.

Whether you are facing a space-critical design or seek to move to a lower cost source, GCT has the product at the price point you need.

The GCT website offers drawings, specs and 3d models for all parts.

Free evaluation samples of popular circuit sizes are available and shipped same day from your local sales office.