The top 10 USB connectors

October 11, 2018faust

Two decades ago, parallel and serial ports were the dominant interfaces for connectivity and communication between computers and their peripheral devices. Today, USB connectors have largely replaced them, becoming so ubiquitous that they’re now the default interface of choice for most electronic devices – even supplying power.

The first integrated circuits supporting USB were produced by Intel in 1995. By the late 1990’s most computers came with a couple of USB ports. As speeds increased, USB connectors quickly became the primary interface during the mid-2000s. Flash forward to today, and chances are you’ve used a USB connector in the last few hours, whether to charge your smartphone, or connect your mouse and keyboard.

The most popular USB connectors on SnapEDA have metal shielding to protect data and often have at least four contacts: power, ground, and two for differential data signals. Popular manufacturers for USB connectors on SnapEDA include TE Connectivity, Amphenol, Molex, JAE Electronics and Samtec.

When selecting a USB connector, designers should consider trade-offs between power consumption and the amount of communication with peripheral devices required. They should also consider the form factor needed for their product requirements, the type of connector (USB-A, B, C, Mini A, Micro B…) they are planning to use based on their specific application, the number of contacts, the specifications (USB 3.1 processes data at speeds of up to 10 Gbps compared to USB 3.0 at 5 Gbps), current and voltage rating, and finally, mounting type (board edge, through hole, or right angle).

Let’s take a look at the Top 10 USB Connectors on SnapEDA!

#10- USB-B-S-S-B-VT-R by Samtec

 

Image of USB-B-S-S-B-VT-R by SamtecThis USB Connector is a Type B and has a 30 VAC voltage rating, 1A per contact current rating, -50°C to 85°C operating temperature, vertical through-hole termination and straight orientation.

The average price across distributors: $1.39

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#9- 105444-0001 by Molex

 

Image of 105444-0001 by MolexThis USB-C has a 30VAC(rms) voltage rating, 0.25A, 1.25A, 5.0A current rating, -30°C to 85°C operating temperature, 10,000 mating cycles max, surface mount termination, and right angle orientation.

The average price across distributors: $1.64

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#8- 105164-0001 by Molex

 

Image of 105164-0001 by Molex

This Micro-USB Type B has a 30VAC(rms) voltage rating, 1.8A, 1.0A current rating, -30°C to 85°C operating temperature, 10,000 mating cycles max, surface mount termination, and right angle orientation.

The average price across distributors: $0.48

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#7- 10103592-0001LF by Amphenol

 

Image of 10103592-0001LF by Amphenol Solar

This Micro-USB Type B has a 100VAC voltage rating, 1.8A per contact current rating, -55°C to 85°C operating temperature, surface mount termination, and right angle orientation.

The average price across distributors: $0.25

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#6- 2305018-2 by TE Connectivity

 

Image of 2305018-2 by TE Connectivity AMP Connectors

This USB-C has a 30V voltage rating, 0.25A, 1.0A, 1.25A current rating, -40°C to 85°C operating temperature, SMD/SMT termination, and right angle orientation.

The average price across distributors: $4.09

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#5- 10118193-0001LF by Amphenol

Image of 10118193-0001LF by Amphenol ICC

This Micro-USB Type B has a 100VAC voltage rating, 1.8A per contact current rating, -55°C to 85°C operating temperature, surface type termination, and right angle orientation.

The average price across distributors: $0.27

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#4- DX07P024AJ1R1500 by JAE Electronics

 

Image of DX07P024AJ1R1500 by JAE Electronics

This USB-C has a 20V voltage rating, 250mA, 1.25A current rating, -30°C to 85°C operating temperature, solder type termination, and straight orientation.

The average price across distributors: $1.37

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#3- 105450-0101 by Molex

 

Image of 105450-0101 by Molex

This USB-C has a 30V AC/DC voltage rating, 0.25A, 1.25A, 5.0A current rating, -30°C to 85°C operating temperature, 10,000 mating cycles max, surface mount termination, and right angle orientation.

The average price across distributors: $1.58

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#2- 10118192-0001LF by Amphenol

 

Image of 10118192-0001LF by Amphenol Solar

This Micro-USB Type B has a 100VAC voltage rating, 1.8A per contact current rating, -55°C to 85°C operating temperature, 10,000 mating cycles max, surface mount termination, and right angle orientation.

The average price across distributors: $0.23

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And the Top USB Connector on SnapEDA is…

#1- 2129691-1 by TE Connectivity

 

Image of 2129691-1 by TE Connectivity AMP Connectors

This USB-C has a 30V voltage rating, 0.25A, 1.25A, 5.0A current rating, -30°C to 85°C operating temperature, SMD/SMT termination, and right angle orientation.

The average price across distributors: $2.07

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* This data was collected via SnapEDA’s analytics by looking at downloads from its part model library (symbols, footprints, and 3D models). Millions of parts are evaluated on SnapEDA annually, however, if a part isn’t in our database it will not show up on this list. We’re continually increasing coverage and will update this list periodically!

Comments (4)

  • 3374

    Craig Hollabaugh

    October 18, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    This is valuable information. Thanks!

  • 3375

    Craig Hollabaugh

    October 18, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    No mini-b listed, please re-post with the a “top mini-b downloaded” addendum because its not in top 10 list.

    1. 3376

      Keith Boden

      October 18, 2018 at 7:27 pm

      I believe that indicates that mini-b is not in the top 10, consistent with the trends for consumers to maintain cables and chargers aligned to the devices they actually use: A, B, C and micro B.

  • 3377

    Przemek Klosowski

    October 18, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    @Craig
    what would be the reason to use the Mini-B connector instead of Micro-B? I am thankful that the regular Type-B is basically disappearing, keeping down the number of cables I have to keep at hand, just as USB-C is coming along and making me buy more cables.

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