Specified power supply unit for CompactPCI Serial

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Specified power supply unit for CompactPCI SerialFollowing collaboration with the major board manufacturers, system customers and PSU manufacturers, Pentair has created a ‘quasi’ standard for pluggable Schroff CompactPCI Serial PSUs and developed a first AC PSU with a wide input voltage range. The PICMG has defined the power supply arrangements for CompactPCI Serial as 12V main voltage plus 5V standby voltage.

The form factor, familiar from CompactPCI (19”, 3 U and 8 HP), is retained in the new Schroff CompactPCI Serial PSU. With an output of 300W, the unit meets the needs of 98 per cent of CompactPCI Serial applications. The PSU conforms to IEC/EN 60950-1 Second Edition, UL 60950-1 and EN 55011/55022 class B. It is pluggable, redundancy-capable and offers quick and easy replacement during system operation if required.

Up to four PSUs can be operated in parallel; load sharing is used to divide the overall supply current between the parallel-connected PSUs. Many functions, such as the display of error messages or the sensing of output voltages, have been retained from the CompactPCI. In addition to the FAL and DEG signals familiar from the CompactPCI, a PMBus controller is available so that the PSU can be integrated into system management. This PSU is designed to ‘80 PLUS’ certification. This exceeds the requirements of the 80 PLUS Silver standard and offers efficiencies of 88 per cent at 20 per cent load, 91 per cent at 50 per cent load and 88 per cent at 100 per cent load.

A special power backplane has also been developed for this PSU into which the unit is inserted. The power backplane includes appropriate interfaces to the CompactPCI Serial signal backplane. With this modular concept is possible to locate the PSU on either the right or left in a system which keeps the cabling needed between the power and signal backplanes to a minimum.

The PSU also defines a new connector that features separate AC and DC input pins to prevent incorrect insertion. This means that the high AC or DC power voltages do not have to be carried through the backplane, but can rather be fed into the connector direct via these inserted contacts. The costly double-sided insulation of the backplane is thus avoided, as is the need to cover any exposed AC or DC pins. The connector is designed such that it can carry the required capacity and still offer sufficient free signal pins for additional functions, e.g. communication via a serial interface to a UPS unit.

This AC PSU, with wide input voltage range and mains input from the rear, will form the basis of a complete PSU family. Other units with different requirements or for special areas of application can also be realised on this basis.

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