USB-C device test socket accelerates consumer device production lines 

Consumer electronics based on the USB-C type of I/O connector can be quickly and easily tested on the production line with the XP2U USB-C test socket, says Omron.

The company says it is supporting the roll-out of consumer electronics based on the USB-C type of I/O connector with the release of the long-life, easy to use inspection and test socket. It offers a quick and easy connection to test fixtures on smartphones, digital cameras, headphones, notebook computers, games consoles and other wearable and portable devices’ production lines, says Omron.

Key features include a market leading durability of more than 200,000 insertion operations. This is an exceptionally long service life compared to competing alternatives, says Ormon, and is based on the application of electroforming contacts with high spring characteristics which are made of high hardness materials.

The Omron XP2U offers a one-touch connection of the test socket to the test fixture and a low insertion force to minimise wear on the device and simplify the test operation. A resin tip is used, rather than the conventional metal tip of standard USB cables. It also implements a floating structure using coil springs to cushion the connection. As a result, the insertion force is less than one-fifth that of a standard USB-C cable, claims Omron.

USB-C has been growing in popularity for charging and data transfer in portable devices, due to its compact size and strong performance. Omron says it is now able to support customers in bringing devices based on this standard to market using the quick and easy connection to test fixtures on device production lines.

Omron Electronic Components Europe specialises in electromechanical PCB relays, and supplies components such as micro switches, MOSFET relays, DIP switches, photo micro sensors and connectors. Omron has a strong portfolio of innovative technologies including MEMS based pressure, flow and thermal measurement sensors, human face and gesture recognition modules, vibration and tilt sensors.

Omron Electronic Components Europe supports its customers in Europe, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) through eight regional offices, a network of local offices and partnerships with specialist, local, regional and global distributors.

Omron Electronic Components Europe is a subsidiary of the Omron Corporation, which produces electrical and electronic control equipment and component products.

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