USB 3.0 Type A connector is designed for high traffic areas

The USB1086 ultra-high mating cycle USB 3.0 Type A connector is has an industry leading 20,000+ mating cycles, claims Global Connector Technology (GCT). The connector is designed for ‘high traffic’ applications, in transportation for example.

USB Type A is a popular choice over other variants for higher mating cycle applications as it is a cost-competitive option. Most USB Type A connections are tested to 5,000 mating cycles, which is more than enough for its intended application. GCT has identified an increase in demand for USB Type A connectors with ultra-high mating cycles, primarily for equipment and hardware in public environments and transportation applications for charging purposes. The large volumes of footfall and traffic has increased usage, and the unmating/mating operations experienced.

A key measurement for establishing USB Type A mating cycles is based on retention force. Industry standard tests state that the connector must have a final retention force of equal to or greater than 8N after cycling.  The USB1086 maintains this force rating over 20,000 cycles due to its stainless steel shell construction, reports GCT.  USB Type A connectors typically have a nickel-plated brass shell, which results in tabs losing retention due to the material’s low elasticity properties. The USB1086 uses a high strength stainless steel material shell which enhances tab elasticity, claims the company. As a result, the USB1086 has over four times more mating cycles than industry standard USB Type A 3.0 products, says GCT.

The USB1086 also exceeds the standard mating cycles of newer USB types, including USB Type C which is usually tested to 10,000 cycles, continues GCT.

GCT (Global Connector Technology) was established in 1988 and manufactures standard and custom interconnect and cable assembly products. The company operates in markets as diverse as industrial, consumer and medical.

Part of a privately held group of companies, 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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