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Monday, July 25, 2016

GCT launches USB Type-C connector

The march of USB Type-C continues as Hong Kong-based Global Connector Technology (GCT) launches a new range of high performance connectors for the standard, including power delivery.

By Nick Flaherty

Designed for mobile and smart devices, the USB Type-C connector is ready for next generation applications delivering speeds up to 10 Gbps for data transfer, audio and video connectivity, supporting HDMi, DisplayPort and VGA. The connector also supports USB Power Delivery standards of charging capability, with rapid charging up to 100 W.

GCT’s range of five products includes both horizontal & vertical USB type C receptacles. Horizontal receptacles are available in a hybrid of thru hole and SMT, allowing higher co-planarity and ease of inspection after processing. Top mount, mid mount versions are available in short and long body types.

GCT’s drawn metal shell design for horizontal parts provides superior electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding compared to stamped sheet metal housings. The enhanced mechanical strength of the shell structure also makes GCT’s USB Type-C connectors suitable for the automotive, industrial, medical and instrumentation markets. 

“GCT’s new line of USB Type-C connectors offers significant performance advancement over previous USB standards, providing faster data rates, higher power, and A/V connectivity in one interface, as well as offering more design flexibility for engineers designing the next generation of electronics products,” said GCT Marketing Manager Laurence Hill.

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