Power Connectors in Computing and Datacom Applications

Power Connectors in Computing and Datacom Applications

Bishop and Associates, Date of Publication: Apr 10, 2014, 174 Pages
US$3,950.00
BA2504

This research report provides a detailed analysis of the market for high-current power connectors designed specifically to perform in computing and datacom equipment. This report explores how the industry has evolved from a relatively stable niche in the overall electronic connector market to one that is rapidly changing in order to support dramatically increasing power consumption.

Market values and forecasts covering the period 2011 through 2018 are provided along with CAGR figures by region of the world. Charts for each region illustrate the proliferation of power connectors over the 2012 through 2018 period.

Driven by constantly increasing power consumption by computers, servers, switches and telecommunication equipment, the power connector segment has experienced major changes in terms of hardware, performance metrics and design flexibility. Where power connectors in the past were often physically large, difficult to customize and costly, recently introduced power interfaces feature improved performance via lower contact resistance and voltage drop as well as hot-plugability. Connectors have become more compact resulting in greater current density. Additionally, smaller connectors can meet the requirements for compatibility with system thermal management strategies. The ability of a designer to specify hybrid connectors consisting of unique combinations of high /low power and signal contacts with minimal or no tooling charges represents a major change in how power connectors are sold.

This market research report addresses the many aspects of the power connector market from what is driving demand for increased current, to defining the key characteristics of the leading connector families that are currently available. Basic connector design and performance measurement processes are addressed to provide the reader with an in-depth understanding of the physics behind power connector technology. This provides a basis for appreciating how recent power connectors have evolved over the past 10 years to become more responsive to market demands.

One chapter is devoted to defining significant industry and technology trends that are impacting connector design and the applications they address.

Another chapter explores the factors that cause power connectors to fail, and reviews a process that can minimize the potential for connector failure.

Industry standards play a relatively limited role in the power connector market, but one chapter reviews standards that outline test methods commonly used in the industry, while other system architecture standards define a specific power connector. Regulatory standards that insure safety are also reviewed.

The report also includes several tutorial chapters on connector and high-power system design issues that enable a non-technical reader to gain from the information provided.

This market research report is the third in a continuing series of investigations in what has become a highly dynamic product segment. The advancement of this technology together with experience gained in designing these unique interfaces may set the stage for the evolution of all types of next generation electronic connectors.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter 1 - Report Scope and Methodology

    Report Objectives
    Methodology and Approach
    Data Collection Forms

        Power Connector Manufacturers
        Power Connector Users

Chapter 2 - Executive Summary

    Executive Summary

Chapter 3 - Introduction

    Introduction
    Anatomy of a Power Contact
    Basic Power Connector Performance Measurement Criteria
    Hot Swap/Mate Feature
    Power Distribution Architecture

Chapter 4 - Categories of Power Connectors

    Defining Characteristics
    Circular
    Rectangular

Chapter 5 - Power Connector Performance

    Measurement Tools
    Inductance, A New Criterion?
    Contacts in Parallel
    Power Rating of a Plated-Through Hole
    Power Rating Trends
    Pushing the Power Rating

Chapter 6 - Power Connector Standards

    Standards
    The SSI Specification
    Status of Standards Today

Chapter 7 - Power Connector Failure Mechanisms

    Failure Mechanisms
    Keys to Minimizing Power Connector Failure

Chapter 8 - Product Overview

    Overview of Current Power Connectors
    Amphenol
    Anderson Power Products
    FCI Electronics
    Smiths Connectors
    Methode Electronics
    Molex
    Positronic Industries
    TE Connectivity
    Additional Power Connector Suppliers

        ERNI
        Harting USA
        Hirose USA
        HYPO Systems GmbH
        Samtec
        AB Connectors
        AVX
        CONEC
        Interconnect Products Inc
        ITT Cannon
        Lapp USA
        Phoenix Contact
        Multi-Contact USA

Chapter 9 - Power Connector Market Statistics and Forecasts

    Introduction to Market Statistics
    World Market for Power Connectors by Region, 2011 to 2013 with % Change
    World Power Connector Market by Region, 2013 to 2014 with % Change
    World Power Connector Market by Region, 2013 and 2018 with 5- year CAGR
    World Power Connector Sales by Region, 2013 and 2018
    World Power Connector % of Market by Region, 2018
    World Power Connector Market by Equipment Sector with % Change 2011 to 2014
    World Power Connector Sales by Sector with % Change 2013 and 2014
    World Power Connector Sales by Sector, 2013 and 2014
    World Power Connector Sales by Sector with 5-Year CAGR 2013 and 2018
    World Power Connector Sales by Sector, 2013 and 2018
    World Power Connector % of market by Region, 2011 to 2014 and 2018
    North American Power connector Sales by Sector with % Change, 2013 and 2014
    North American Power Connector Sales by Sector, 2013
    North American Power Connector Sales by Sector with 5-year CAGR 2013 and 2018
    European Power Connector Sales by Sector with % Change, 2013 and 2014
    European Power Connector Sales by Sector, 2013
    European Power Connector Sales by Sector 2013 and 2018 with 5-Year CAGR
    Japanese Power Connector Sales by Sector with % change, 2013 and 2014
    Japanese Power Connector Sales by Sector, 2013
    Japanese Power Connector Sales by Sector with 5-Year CAGR
    Chinese Power Connector Sales by Sector with % Change 2013 and 2014
    Chinese Power Connector Sales by Sector, 2013
    Chinese Power Connector Sales by Sector with 5-Year CAGR, 2013 and 2018
    Asia Pacific Power Connector Sales by Sector with % Change 2013 and 2014
    Asia Pacific Power Connector Sales by Sector, 2013
    Asia Pacific Power Connector Sales by Sector with 5-Year CAGR, 2013 and 2018
    ROW Power Connector Sales by Sector with % Change, 2013 and 2014
    ROW Power Connector Sales by Sector, 2013
    ROW Power Connector Sales by Sector with 5-Year CAGR, 2013 and 2018

Chapter 10 - Power Connector Industry Trends

    Increasing Power Demands
    Connector Current Rating Process
    Customized Power Connectors
    Thermal Management
    Energy Efficiency
    High-Voltage DC Power Distribution
    Growing Utilization of Bus Bars for Power Distribution
    Limited Second Sources
    Power Connector Technology Limitations
    Expanding Category of Ruggedized Power Connectors
    Increasing Popularity of Power Edge-Card Connectors
    Extensive Design Support Provided by Connector Manufacturers

Chapter 11 - Major Findings and Conclusions

    Major Findings and Conclusions

Appendix A - Terms and Definitions

Date of Publication:
Apr 10, 2014
File Format:
Print Copy and CD-ROM
Number of Pages:
174 Pages
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