FCI, a leading supplier of power products and interconnect systems, and 3M have entered into a second-source agreement covering the High Power Card Edge (HPCE
) and HP2
power product families.
“We are excited about this opportunity,” said Dong Yu, global power portfolio director at FCI. “Working with 3M will drive the standard for low-profile, high-efficiency power connectors and cable assemblies. HPCE already has great traction in the market and HP2 will further extend the family with innovative, two-piece solutions for board-to-board and cable-to-board applications.”
“3M is extremely pleased to work with FCI by providing the industry with a second source of FCI’s innovative HPCE and HP2 power connectors and cable assemblies,” said David Schneider, global business manager for interconnect,
3M Electronic Solutions Division
. “FCI’s expertise in power product design and 3M’s expertise in connector technology and material science is a good match to offer a standard, dual-sourced power solution.”
The HPCE connector is a next-generation power card edge connector for demanding applications requiring high linear current density and low power loss. HPCE offers a low profile height (2.8 mm for straddle mount and 7.5 mm for right angle) and is based on very cost-effective and highly reliable stamped-and-formed power contact technology similar to other power solutions from FCI.
The HPCE connector incorporates an innovative power contact and housing design that permits a more compact and lower profile package for demanding AC and DC power supply and/or add-in card applications. HPCE’s low profile height (for maximized airflow), significantly increased linear current density and low contact resistance characteristics are ideal for next generation 1U/2U servers, storage enclosures, telecommunications equipment and datacom/networking equipment.
The innovative HPCE cable-to-card edge is available with the same desirable features as the standard HPCE board mount product but is focused on power distribution applications via cabling. It includes high power (10 – 14 AWG wire) and low power (14 – 16 AWG wire) contact options as well as integrated signal contacts (22 – 26 AWG wire). The modular tooling approach maximizes flexibility to meet a wide range of power distribution requirements including bus bar attachment. The integrated latching option makes it ideal for high shock-and-vibration environments.