Uprated connector for nano SIM format cards

July 17, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
GCT - Global Connector Technology – has re-engineered its nano-SIM connector; the SIM8050 at 10.8 x 12.20 mm has the smallest footprint of any push-pull connector on the market.

The product has evolved to include a protective full metal shell and a height reduction to 1.35mm. Improved card insertion and extraction allows for a better user experience, whilst maintaining excellent vibration and shock characteristics.

GCT's Nano SIM socket accepts the 4th form factor Nano SIM card format. This format measures 12.3 mm (L) x 8.8 mm (W) x 0.67 mm (T) and maintains existing SIM contact arrangements while reducing insulator size and thickness compared to micro SIM cards. Nano-SIM cards are approximately 15% percent slimmer than 0.76 mm thick mini and micro SIM cards.

SIM8050 is a push-pull connector with six contacts and 1.35 mm height above the PCB. Measuring 10.8 x 11.0 mm, a full metal shell protects the Nano SIM card. The connector is suitable for 5,000 card insertion cycles, while a card stop function prevents mis-orientation during card insertion. Plastic pegs and SMT hold-downs offer accurate PCB placement and PCB retention strength.

To speed up design downloadable drawings, 3D models and specification are available from the GCT website; www.gct.co