FCI and 3M Announce Second-source Agreement for HPCE and HP2 Power Products

  FCI and 3M Announce Second-source Agreement for HPCE and HP2 Power Products

electronica 2012

Business Wire

AUSTIN, Texas -- November 15, 2012

FCI, a leading supplier of power products and interconnect systems, and 3M
have entered into a second-source agreement covering the High Power Card Edge
(HPCE^®) and HP2^™ power product families.

“We are excited about this opportunity,” said Dong Yu, global power portfolio
director at FCI. “Working with 3M will drive the standard for low-profile,
high-efficiency power connectors and cable assemblies. HPCE already has great
traction in the market and HP2 will further extend the family with innovative,
two-piece solutions for board-to-board and cable-to-board applications.”

“3M is extremely pleased to work with FCI by providing the industry with a
second source of FCI’s innovative HPCE and HP2 power connectors and cable
assemblies,” said David Schneider, global business manager for interconnect,
3M Electronic Solutions Division. “FCI’s expertise in power product design and
3M’s expertise in connector technology and material science is a good match to
offer a standard, dual-sourced power solution.”

The HPCE connector is a next-generation power card edge connector for
demanding applications requiring high linear current density and low power
loss. HPCE offers a low profile height (2.8 mm for straddle mount and 7.5 mm
for right angle) and is based on very cost-effective and highly reliable
stamped-and-formed power contact technology similar to other power solutions
from FCI.

The HPCE connector incorporates an innovative power contact and housing design
that permits a more compact and lower profile package for demanding AC and DC
power supply and/or add-in card applications. HPCE’s low profile height (for
maximized airflow), significantly increased linear current density and low
contact resistance characteristics are ideal for next generation 1U/2U
servers, storage enclosures, telecommunications equipment and
datacom/networking equipment.

The innovative HPCE cable-to-card edge is available with the same desirable
features as the standard HPCE board mount product but is focused on power
distribution applications via cabling. It includes high power (10 – 14 AWG
wire) and low power (14 – 16 AWG wire) contact options as well as integrated
signal contacts (22 – 26 AWG wire). The modular tooling approach maximizes
flexibility to meet a wide range of power distribution requirements including
bus bar attachment. The integrated latching option makes it ideal for high
shock-and-vibration environments.

The HP2 product is similar to HPCE but utilizes a two-piece design
(header-to-receptacle connectors/cable assemblies). Integrated guide features
make it ideal for blindmate applications where system guidance is not readily
available. The HP2 product is available in board-to-board and cable-to-board
configurations and includes power contacts for power distribution and signal
contacts for power control.

3M anticipates having the connectors available in early 2013.

About 3M Electronic Solution Division – Interconnect
3M Electronic Solutions Division’s Interconnect business offers a variety of
innovative connectors, cables and cable assemblies, embedded capacitance
materials and Textool brand test and burn-in sockets for component engineers
and designers in the electronics industry. For more information about 3M’s
interconnect solutions, visit: http://www.3Mconnectors.com. Information about
3M Company is available online.

About FCI
With operations in 30 countries, FCI is a leading manufacturer of connectors.
Our 14,000 employees are committed to providing customers with high-quality,
innovative products for a wide range of consumer and industrial applications.
For more information: http://www.fci.com

3M and Textool are trademarks of 3M Company. HPCE^® and HP2^® are registered
trademarks of FCI. All other trademarks, names and brands listed herein are
property of their respective owners and/or companies.

Contact:

3M:
Laurel Chesky, 1-512-984-7708
lchesky@mmm.com
or
For all other inquiries about 3M:
http://www.3m.com/MediaContact
or
FCI:
Gilles Rizzo, 33-1-7267-3761
gilles.rizzo@fci.com
or
Garth Miller, 1-919-872-8172
garth.miller@btbmarketing.com