Cables/Connecting

BTB connectors reduce energy loss and contact resistance

19th December 2013
Nat Bowers

Enhancing its portfolio of power solutions, FCI has introduced the HPCE (High Power Card Edge) BTB (board-to-board) connectors. Specifically designed for applications requiring a high current density and low power loss, the two-piece header and receptacle solution suits applications such as next generation 1U/2U servers, switches, storage enclosures, telecommunications equipment, industrial PCs, controls and instrumentation equipment.

Providing up to 200A per linear inch and a low contact resistance of just 0.6mΩ per contact within a compact design of just 7.5mm in height, these power contacts and housings are made for demanding AC and DC power distribution applications. Produced in a variety of configurations to serve multiple applications, the HPCE connectors include integrated guide features to enable ‘blind-mating’. This provides easy facilitation of easy connectivity and precise alignment.

The BTB connectors feature a highly ventilated housing design in order to enhance heat dissipation. Increasing the reliability of the end equipment, this is a crucial feature in server and data storage applications since it can help to avoid any potential overheating issues. The robust design also includes touch-proof safety features that are UL/IEC 60950 compliant.

Michael Blanchfield, Portfolio Director, Power Solutions, FCI, commented: “Following the success of our single-piece HPCE solution, we developed a two-piece connector solution to serve a wider range of applications. One of the key characteristics of the new connector is the ability to reduce contact resistance and minimise energy loss. We are confident the HPCE Board-to-Board connectors will meet many of our customers’ demands for increased reliability and energy efficiency in miniaturized power connectors.”

Offering unparalleled power and signal density in a miniaturised board-to-board platform, samples of the HPCE BTB connectors are available now.

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