Plug-and-play solution to power data centre designs

18th November 2015
Joe Bush

A new power interconnect cable assembly has been launched by TE Connectivity (TE). The assembly is aimed at Open Rack V2, a new connectivity solution designed to power Open Compute Project (OCP) version 2-compliant data centre infrastructure. The OCP is developing standard compute, storage and data centre hardware designs that manufacturers can use to build highly compatible and scalable products with minimal development costs. 

TE’s busbar clip and cable assembly is fully compatible with Open Rack V1 specification and is forward compatible with Open Rack V2 specifications. The power interconnect cable assembly solution incorporates TE’s CROWN CLIP Jr. busbar connectivity and MULTI-BEAM XLE power connectivity products.

Designed to provide a plug-and-play solution, the power interconnect cable assembly for Open Rack V2 eliminates the power distribution printed circuit board (PCB) and reduces the number of busbars in a rack from three to one - saving costs and streamlining the power distribution infrastructure. TE’s power interconnect solutions were designed as a standardised platform for OCP with a customisable design. The solutions exceed the specification for OCP version 2, ensuring their broad market application for all OCP-designed data centres.

“With OCP, our goal is to contribute our power and data connectivity expertise to the community by offering the leading comprehensive data centre design reference,” said Eric Himelright, Vice President of Product Management at TE Connectivity’s Data and Devices Division. “Our busbar clip and cable assemblies deliver the only fully compatible power connectivity solution for OCP designs while driving greater simplicity and ease of assembly.”

TE’s busbar clip and cable assemblies distribute 120A of power with low resistance and low millivolt drop, providing a more efficient power distribution solution for low energy consumption and operational cost savings. Specifically, TE’s CROWN CLIP Jr. connectors are designed to connect with a system rack busbar and allow direct hot pluggable connection to an un-insulated busbar. TE’s MULTI-BEAM XLE connectors feature a hot pluggable three beam contact system made from a new thicker and higher conductivity material. While the power interconnect cable assembly for Open Rack V2 is a standardised part, TE has numerous cable assembly configurations available to meet unique design requirements above and beyond the standardised platform.

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