PU4 - Power Supply Unit, 72 to 110 VDC, 35 W (Product Discontinued)

The PU4 3U 8HP power supply unit is a plug-in device for 19" systems (e.g. VMEbus, CompactPCI) and is especially designed for railway computer systems, being fully compliant with EN 50155.

The PU4 has a nominal input voltage of 72-110 VDC with a wide input range of 50.4..137.5 V and a max. input voltage range of 43.2..154 V (according to EN 50155). The otherwise identical PSU models PU2 and PU3 are available for the nominal input voltages of 24 VDC and 36-48 VDC respectively.

It is is controlled by a microprocessor which supervises the voltage and the temperature, as well as three external inputs and three outputs.

Thanks to the onboard intelligence the PSU can also act as an SMBus slave and communicate with the CPU board via the backplane. This allows the PSU to power on the system at a programmed date or it allows the CPU to make status polls with regard to error messages, time-out, on/off, for example.

The PSU provides a DC/DC converter to generate the isolated 5 V from the input voltage. A buck regulator generates 3.3 V from the 5 V isolated side. The maximum output power at full load is 35 W.

The subassembly is conformally coated, and components are secured against vibration. The PSU operates in -40 to +85°C environmental temperature. The thermal stress is extremely low due to integrated heat sinks and diversion of dissipated heat over the mounting surface.


  • 19" rack mountable
  • 3U, 8 HP
  • Input 72-110 VDC nom. (50.4 to 137.5 V)
  • Max. input voltage range 43.2 to 154 V (according to EN 50155)
  • Output 3.3 V and 5 V
  • Power 35 W
  • H15 DIN 41612 plug connector (front and rear)
  • SMBus
  • External I/Os for key function
  • -40 °C to +85 °C
  • Conformal coating
  • Complies with EN 50155 (railways)


  • Output voltage and temperature supervision (readable via SMBus)
  • Overtemperature and overvoltage shutdown
  • Communication with CPU
  • Watchdog functionality
  • Signals on back connector
  • Voltage level 3.3 V
  • Controlled by CPU
  • Communication between the power supply unit and the CPU
Binary I/O
  • 3 binary inputs
    • Max. voltage 154 VDC
    • Electrically isolated
    • External switch (key) with binary input
    • Switch-on by key input or wake on time
    • Switch-off by key input or software
    • Status of binary inputs readable via SMBus
    • User-specific functionality (depending on firmware)
  • 3 binary outputs
    • Max. voltage 154 VDC
    • Isolated by relays
    • User-specific functionality (controllable via SMBus)
    • Maximum switching power: 60 W
  • DC/DC Converter
    • Fuse-protected
  • Two status LEDs on front panel
    • Green LED indicates correct input voltage
    • Yellow LED indicates correct output voltage
  • Alternative power supply at the backplane for use as redundant PSU
  • Short circuit protection
  • Reverse polarity protection by internal protector
  • Fixed switching frequency: 250 KHz
Input Characteristics
  • Nominal voltage input: 72-110 VDC
  • Wide input range: 0.7 x nominal voltage < nominal voltage < 1.25 x nominal voltage (according to EN 50155)
    • 50.4..137.5 VDC
  • Max. input voltage range: 0.6 x nominal voltage < nominal voltage < 1.4 x nominal voltage with full functionality for 0.1 s, no damage for 1 s (according to EN 50155)
    • 43.2..154 VDC
  • No load input power: 900 mW
Output Characteristics
  • Output power (max.): 35 W
  • 5V tolerance: +5%/-3%
  • 3.3V tolerance: ±3%
  • Overvoltage protection: +0.5 V/-0.2 V
  • Overtemperature shutdown: 50°...90°(adjustable by SMBus command)
Input and output via DIN 41612 plug connector, type H15
Electrical Specifications
  • Isolation (according to EN 50155)
    • Input/output: 1,500 VDC/1,000 Vrms
    • Input/shield: 1,500 VDC/1,000 Vrms
    • Output/shield: 1,500 VDC/1,000 Vrms
    • Ground/shield: 1,500 VDC/1,000 Vrms
  • MTBF: 240,600 h @ 40°C (derived from MIL-HDBK-217F)
Mechanical Specifications
  • Dimensions: 3U, 8HP, 128.4 mm height
  • Integrated heat sink
  • Weight: 665 g
Environmental Specifications
  • Temperature range (operation): -40..+85°C
  • Temperature range (storage): -40..+85°C
  • Airflow: min. 10 m³/h
  • Shock: according to EN 60068-2-27
  • Continuous shock: according to EN 60068-2-29
  • Vibration: according to EN 60068-2-6
  • Protection
    • Class of protection: Class II, EN 60950
    • Degree of protection: IP20 (insert in rack), EN 60529
Tested according to EN 55022 (radio disturbance), EN 61000-4-2 (ESD), EN 61000-4-4 (burst) and EN 61000-4-5 (surge)
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