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Power Connectors in Computing and Datacom Applications

  • March 2014
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  • Bishop & Associates inc
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  • 174 pages

This 174 page 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

Power Connectors in Computing and Datacom Applications
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

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