Global Connector Technology (GCT) announces that it has shipped its ten millionth USB1035 dual USB connector for Raspberry Pi applications. Two dual USB connectors are used on each Raspberry Pi device to enable the attachment of peripherals uh as keyboards, mice and webcams which provide the Pi with additional functionality.
The GCT dual, USB type A, connector was initially chosen for cost, service, lead time and reliability. The challenge as Raspberry Pi sales exploded was to deliver very high volumes to multiple subcontractors handling Pi production.
As sales increased GCT’s production lines were expanded, in order to offer a stable and short lead time. The decision was made to invest in fully automated tooling to maintain a superb level of quality with high throughput. The GCT factory is now capable of producing 1.4m pieces per month.
‘Here at GCT we’ve continued to work closely with Raspberry Pi’s supply chain to not only fulfil orders, but help to plan and ensure increased volumes could be met without any compromise on lead time, price or quality. This ensured that we were able to deliver connectors for the Raspberry Po project as demand grew,’ said Andrew Stewart, EU sales manager, GCT. ‘This project shows our flexibility to expand our production capabilities to support our customer’s projects.’