photos:Inside of a PowerSeries power supply

SGI 4D Deskside power supply, PowerOne model

Some pictures taken while cleaning and fixing this old beast. This one didn't start anymore because the fan didn't spin due to a corroded contact. Apparently it monitors the current because there's no tacho signal.

The SGI PowerSeries and Crimsons came with two different types of power supplies. This is the original "silver" PowerOne model. Latersystems, mostly Crimsons, came with a Cherokee power supply. The latter is a less modular, much cheaper construction and was likely an attempt to save money. Both power supplies have the same output rating:

  • +5V: 170A
  • -5V: 5A
  • +12V: 16A
  • -12V: 7A
Inside with both power modules removed
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A look at the backplane
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The backplane of the PowerOne supply
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The first stage turns AC into 300V DC
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The 5V module. This one is capable of 170A!
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The +12V, -12V and -5V module
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First stage installed into the enclosure
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Backplane installed again, fan reconnected
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Both power modules installed
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A look at the terminal panel
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The label
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Fully reassembled
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Too bad this warning isn't visible
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Output ratings
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