Connect, Disconnect, Repeat. GCT’s New USB Type A with 20,000+ Mating Cycles

When designing equipment with USB Type A connections, engineers often take for granted how many times they are mated and unmated in its lifetime.  For some, this is not a concern as most are tested to 5,000 mating cycles, more than enough for its intended application. For others, this could mean the difference of a product failing far earlier than expected.

GCT has seen an increasing 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.  Increased usage is likely due to exposure to high levels of footfall.

A key measurement for establishing USB Type A mating cycles is based on retention force.  Industry standard tests state the connector must have a final retention force of =>8N after cycling.  The USB1086 maintains this force rating over 20,000 cycles due to its stainless steel shell construction.  USB Type A connectors typically have a nickel-plated brass shell, resulting in tabs losing retention due to its low elasticity properties.  This is not a problem for the USB1086 as it uses a high strength stainless steel material shell for enhanced tab elasticity.

“This is another market first for GCT as we continue to push the performance capabilities of our connector range,” says Vaibhav Joshi, GCT Sales Manager India.  “The USB1086 is a prime example, which has over four times more mating cycles than industry standard USB Type A 3.0 products.”

The USB1086 exceeds the standard mating cycles of newer USB types too, including USB Type C which is usually tested to 10,000 cycles.  USB Type A remains a popular choice over other variants for higher mating cycle applications as it is also a cost competitive option.

More information and product resources for the ultra-high mating cycle USB1086 can be found on


About GCT

GCT (Global Connector Technology) was established in 1988 and is a leading manufacturer of standard and custom interconnect and cable assembly products.  GCT offers great value and innovative products for markets as diverse as industrial, consumer and medical.

Part of a privately held group of companies, GCT has facilities in Europe, USA & Asia.  Production facilities are located in China, supported by a dedicated engineering team in Hong Kong.

 GCT is committed to great service and helping customers with their design challenges wherever they design and manufacture.  GCT’s sales force is supported by a global catalogue and broadline distribution network.

 GCT is an ISO9001 approved organization and its products are fully RoHS & Reach compliant.