New rugged USB Type-C connectors extend scope of application possibilities

15-10-2021 | Bulgin | Connectors, Switches & EMECH

Bringing even more comprehensive breadth to its product portfolio, Bulgin has now extended its Buccaneer range of robust connector solutions with the addition of USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 2x2 options. The 4000 Series connectors possess a USB-C 2x12 contact arrangement. They can support 20Gbps data rates when employed in conjunction with 1m length cables (and 10Gbps with 2m cables). These components are completely backwards compatible with legacy USB 2.0 implementations (though they will, of course, only provide data transfer at lower speeds under such circumstances). They also offer a 100W power rating, in line with the latest USB power delivery standard.


The connectors provide over 1000 mating cycle endurance. Their operational temperature ranges from -40C to +80C – enabling them to cope with harsh application environments. IP66, IP68, and IP69K protection indicate that they are resilient to liquid and dust ingress, with compliance to EN60068-2-52 salt mist exposure making them ideal for marine deployment. Also, the over-moulded design enables these connectors to be used in situations where acute space constraints need to be dealt with.


The USB-C connector shell is formed from stainless steel with nickel plating. The contacts are formed from copper alloy with a gold finish, and display a 40mOhm (maximum) contact resistance. An advanced field-proven bayonet locking system ensures ongoing interconnect integrity. The braided cables are shielded by a strong PVC jacket.

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