FCI Announces the Next Generation PwrBlade ULTRA Connector

These new connectors have an overall height of 9.6mm and current density of up to 260Amps per linear inch. They are made with halogen-free housings and proprietary plating that improves current carrying capacity.

Their compact 9.6mm installed height makes them optimal solutions for traditional 1U rackmounted equipment or in printed circuit board (PCB) daughter cards spaced as closely as 15mm on pitch. The PwrBlade ULTRA™ connectors also feature molded-in guide pins that enable “blind-mating” when hot-swapping power supplies and facilitate modular system assembly.

The versatility and characteristics of PwrBlade ULTRA™ make them ideal for many new AC and DC power distribution applications in the data communications and telecommunications industries. These next-generation connectors are also suitable for general power and signal connections in servers, switches, storage enclosures, telecommunications equipment, industrial PCs, and instrumentation equipment.

“PwrBlade ULTRA™ connectors were developed specifically for applications requiring higher current density and reduced power loss in a low profile form factor,” says Michael Blanchfield, Portfolio Director for Power Solutions at FCI. “Its contact design is drawn from the heritage of PwrBlade® connectors and is adaptable to both high and low voltage requirements. This results in improved performance without an increase in PCB real estate.”

The PwrBlade ULTRA™ power connectors were unveiled at the 2014 DesignCon trade show in Santa Clara, CA. Samples will be available for general release beginning mid-February 2014.

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