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Publication Date: 07/1/2008
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Emerson Intros 1U Rack-Mount Power Supplies
Rack-mountable power supply.
Carlsbad, CA — Emerson Network Power has launched a new series of programmable AC-DC front-end power supplies that provide a world-class power density of 22 watts per cubic inch. The new UFE series have a compact 5.5 x 10.7-in. footprint and a height of just 1.6-in., enabling up to three supplies to be contained on a single 1U high 19-in. rack-mounting chassis.

The highest power model in the series, the UFE2000, has a 2kW output rating, so OEMs and system integrators can now configure individual power shelves with up to 6kW of available power, or up to 4 kW of redundant power. Furthermore, the power supplies can be stacked up to 6U high, to provide up to 36kW of available power.

The new supplies currently comprise two models: a 24VDC output model with a power rating of 1,300 watts, and 48VDC output model with a power rating of 2,000 watts. Both power supplies generate a main payload output and an auxiliary 260mA at 11VDC output for powering standby circuitry. The 1,300-watt model has a very wide range or 90 to 264VAC input and can deliver up to 65A from its main output, while the 2,000 watt model has a 180-264VAC input range, and can deliver up to 52A from its main output. The main output of each power supply is isolated and floating, enabling positive or negative polarity operation, and has a hold-up time of 20ms minimum at full rated power.

The power supplies' main output is digitally programmable, and users have a choice of standard I2C or advanced PMBus communications. The output of 48VDC model can be adjusted over the range 42 to 57VDC, while the output of the 24VDC model can be adjusted over the range 21 to 28.5VDC. In both cases, the output voltage can be adjusted on the fly, with a setpoint accuracy of ±0.5 percent.

UFE series power supplies employ an advanced power conversion topology and use a fixed 450kHz switching frequency to minimize RFI and maximize efficiency. According to the company, they provide a full load efficiency of up to 91 percent. The supplies have no minimum load requirement, and support current sharing via internal ORing FETs.

In standard operational mode, the supplies' tight dynamic regulation ensures that the main output voltage will not deviate by more than 2.5 percent for a 25 percent step change in load current. However, the supplies also offer a droop compensation mode to help balance current sharing; when enabled, this increases the DC output impedance of the power supply, thereby lowering its output voltage, as the load current increases. The 48VDC models have a droop characteristic of 80.6mV/A from 10A up to the supplies' power limit, and the 24VDC model has a 40.3 mV/A characteristic.

The power supplies are primarily intended for high availability central office, telecommunications and server type applications, such as data centers. A three-slot rack, known as a UFR6000, is available. The power supplies are hot pluggable and are

comprehensively protected against faults, including overvoltage, overcurrent, overpower, overtemperature and short-circuit conditions. They also include extensive remote monitoring and diagnostic facilities. The supply's output current and voltage, internal temperature and hours of operation values can be retrieved via I2C or PMBus, and real-time alarms are provided in the event of an ORing fault or fan failure.

The units incorporate low-noise fan cooling with automatic speed control, and have an ambient operating temperature range of -33 to +70°C. They can cold-start from temperatures as low as -40°C. The power supplies meet EN55022-B and FCC part 15 Class B conducted emissions standards, and comply with applicable EMC immunity standards, including EN61000-3-2 and EN61000-4-2, -3, -4, -5, -6 and -8. The supplies carry VDE EN/IEC60950-1 and UL/cUL/VDE 60950-1 safety approvals.

Contact: Emerson, P.O. Box 4100, St. Louis, MO 63136-8506 314-553-2000 Web:

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