Connector Industry Reports

Power Connectors in Computing and Datacom Applications


Report Number: P-660-14
Price: $3950.00
Publication Date: March 2014





This Bishop and Associates, Inc. 11-chapter, 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.

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 11 - Major Findings and Conclusions
  • Major Findings and Conclusions
Appendix A - Terms and Definitions

Power Connectors in Computing and Datacom Applications

This Bishop and Associates, Inc. 11-chapter, 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.

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