GCT offer a range of FFC connectors in 0.5 mm and 1.00 mm pitch, horizontal and vertical orientation and numerous locking styles. Connectors accept both FFC (Flat Flexible Cable) and FPC (Flexible printed circuitry).
The FFC connector range is complemented by Flat Flex cable in 0.5 mm and 1.00 mm pitch. A wide range of special options are available, such as shielded, stripped ends for PCB soldering, high temperature and folding/bending.
Why choose Flat Flexible cable solutions over IDC or discrete wire types?
Customers have many choices when it comes to wire to board connections, so why should they choose flat flexible cable connectors over other wire to board solutions, such as IDC/IDT or discrete wire types?
The key advantage is FFC offers a one piece component solution, no need for male and female connectors and labour intensive cable assemblies , this means it’s a lower cost and easier procurement.
Compared to other solutions FFC connectors generally offer a low height profile, small PCB footprint light weight and are simple for operators to terminate in final box build.
GCT’s connector are ZIF, or Zero Insertion Force, this means that when the cable is in place no force is exerted on the cable contacts by the connector contact. A locking actuator holds the cable in place which is beneficial in applications with shock and high vibration.
Flat flexible cable connectors are also favoured in applications where mechanical flexibility is critical, such as those products with moving parts, such as scanners or photocopiers. FFC cable is designed to be bent many times without damage, this puts less stress on all components, vs. cable types with round or stranded conductions which may be damaged not only in the core conductor, but where physical strain is being put on crimped areas. Even movement of crimps within a housing could cause damage to housings.