Molex USB-C connectors and cables meet demands of wide range of electronics applications in computing, consumer, communications, automation and automotive markets
RANDALL LAZUARY. SMITHFIELD (AUSTRALIA). RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has augmented its growing range of USB-C solutions with Molex’s new USB-C connector and complement of cable assemblies, which targets a wide range of electronics applications in consumer markets as well as automation and control systems, automotive and telecoms and data communications sectors.
USB Type-C, or USB-C, is the next-generation USB (Universal Serial Bus) connector standard. Designed to be a multi-function device, USB-C connectors are able to perform different roles depending upon the application: they can work as standard USB connectors, allowing peripheral devices such as cameras, printers, keyboards or mice to be connected to PCs, tablets or mobile phones; and will perform as power or video connectors, also being compatible with the latest 4K Ultra-High-Definition television systems.
USB-C is expected to rapidly become as ubiquitous as the original USB standard and major computing and consumer equipment companies are currently integrating and factory-fitting USB-C interfaces into new devices and equipment. USB-C is compatible with the latest USB 3.1 protocol and transmits signals at a much higher speed than previous versions of USB. In addition, the connectors are small, lightweight and reversible, which makes them significantly easier to use.
The new Molex range includes USB-C connectors and cable assemblies that will allow USB-C devices to interface with legacy USB connectors that use USB 2.0 and USB 3.1 protocols; and, following approval, the Lightning connector used in the latest generation of Apple iPhones. The Molex USB-C products include: USB 2.0 and 3.1 cable assembly (USB-C to USB-A); USB 3.1 cable assembly (USB-C to USB-C); and right angle, PCB-mount, USB-C connector plugs and sockets.
The new Molex products augment the existing USB-C products already available from RS, which include devices from TE Connectivity and the RS Pro range. RS will continue to grow its range of USB-C products including connectors, cables, adaptors and PCB sockets.
[one_fourth]About RS Components[/one_fourth]
RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer more than 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronic components, electrical, automation and control, and test and measurement equipment, and engineering tools and consumables.
Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2016 had revenues of £1.29bn.