Charge-centric connectors make ing USB Type-C more accessible

To make USB Type-C more accessible for electronic designs, GCT has launched a range of charge-centric connectors. USB Type-C is an alternative to the small footprint micro USB for charging, offering quicker charge times.

The GCT ionex range provides the fast charging capabilities of USB Type-C at what GCT describes as a cost-effective price point. For applications where charging is the primary function for a USB connection, the ionex range makes Type-C a real option over other popular USB types, says GCT.

The USB4110 surface mount variant joins the ionex product line up, joining the USB4085 horizontal through-hole Type-C receptacle launched last year.

Costs are maintained through simplified engineering. For example, modifications to the connector’s pin structure, by removing the SuperSpeed differential pair contacts, creates a 16-pin variant of USB Type-C, providing all the required charge capabilities of Type-C with USB 2.0 functionality, explains GCT.

“There is a clear desire from engineers to adopt the latest version of USB for new designs but costs still remain a key barrier,” says Eren Ozkan, EMEA project manager at GCT.  “By engineering Type-C connectors to meet the requirements for charging focused products, we have been able to reduce the costs for our customers making it a compelling alternative over Micro USB for these applications,” he added.

GCT (Global Connector Technology) was established in 1988, manufacturing standard and custom interconnect and cable assembly products. GCT serves industrial, consumer and medical markets.

GCT has facilities in Europe, USA and Asia.  Production facilities are located in China, supported by a dedicated engineering team in Hong Kong.

GCT is an ISO9001-approved organisation and its products are fully RoHS and Reach-compliant.

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