FCI's BarKlip power-cable I/O meets Open Compute Power standard

October 02, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
FCI's BarKlip I/O power connector is rated for up to 200A/contact as defined by UL and CSA criteria, and offers improved electrical performance and long-term reliability compared with alternative designs.

Designed to meet the Open Compute (OCP) Power Distribution Architecture Standard, the connector is designed to connect with a system rack bar to achieve a direct pluggable connection to an uninsulated busbar. The connection generates low energy loss with a maximum resistance of only 0.2 mΩ per contact. The connector features 14 fully independent cantilevered beams, which provide a true compliant spring to adjust for variations in busbar alignment and surface finish. In addition, the BarKlip I/O connector is a floating panel mount design. An installed height of under 34 mm enables their use in 1U rack-mounted equipment commonly found in data centres and new hyperscale computing architectures. The available wire range is 14AWG to 2AWG, allowing users to define the wire gauge and length flexibly in terms of actual requirement. The connector is designed to operate between -40°C and 125°C.

It connects to many of FCI's busbar power distribution solutions and the company says that its plating technology adds an additional benefit by providing maximum conductivity and longer-term reliability without concerns for corrosion, offering high reliability in direct connect busbar applications.

FCI; www.fci.com