OmniOn Power Introduces BPS-Flex Power System for 5G Versatility

March 19, 2024 by Jake Hertz

OmniOn's new power system is a flexible and customizable solution for 5G applications with limited system height and depth.

5G technology has ushered in a new era of telecommunications, characterized by significantly higher speeds, lower latency, and the capacity to connect a vast number of devices simultaneously. However, this technology presents unique challenges. Specifically, 5G macro and small cell power plants require a robust and reliable power infrastructure to ensure uninterrupted service and optimal performance.

OmniOn Power recently announced the BPS-Flex power system, an extension to its BPS family, to address these challenges and bring versatility to the 5G world.



The BPS-Flex. Image (modified) used courtesy of OmniOn Power

OmniOn Adds to the BPS Power System Family

OmniOn describes the new BPS-Flex as a highly configurable power system that supports up to two 1RU rectifier shelves and a primary distribution panel. Supplemental distribution panels can be added if needed.

The primary distribution panel can be equipped with an optional low-voltage battery disconnect, offering a variety of fuse and circuit breaker options, including pluggable DC breakers, GMT fuses, and up to 30-A small-form breakers. OmniOn designed the BPS-Flex system to cater to a wide array of power needs, ranging from 2 to 18 kilowatts (kW), which can be adjusted based on the configuration of shelves and rectifiers and whether the design calls for battery backup.


BPS-Flex parts

BPS-Flex parts. Image used courtesy of OmniOn Power


At the heart of the BPS-Flex are OmniOn’s BP-series rectifiers, known for their high power densities of 45.85 watts/in³ and peak efficiencies exceeding 96%. The company's Pulsar Edge controller complements these rectifiers, providing Ethernet connectivity for remote network management. This feature allows operators to comprehensively monitor and control the rectifiers, batteries, and distribution.


Power Systems Up Against 5G Challenges

OmniOn's new power system addresses several major challenges to 5G cell design, including its underlying power infrastructure. 5G networks are dense, requiring a large number of both macro and small cells. These installations, often located in challenging and varied environments, demand flexible and scalable power systems. To efficiently manage these sites, operators must be able to adjust power output and configuration according to specific site requirements.

5G power systems must also deliver uninterrupted power to support their high data throughput, keep latency low, and minimize energy consumption and operational costs. 


The evolution of 5G cells

The evolution of 5G cells. Image used courtesy of Qorvo

Finally, these systems must include intelligent controls that enable remote management, real-time monitoring, and predictive maintenance. This capability allows network operators to quickly address issues and optimize performance without physically accessing the equipment. Because 5G technology is evolving so quickly, power solutions must be future-proofed to support the continually expanding network infrastructure with upgrades for emerging technologies and standards.

The BPS-Flex system is designed to vault each of these barriers in 5G macro/small cell power plants, fiber/cable backhaul, and distributed antenna systems (DAS), where reliable and efficient power supply is critical.


BPS-Flex Keeps Size Low and Power High

Because of its compact size, the BPS-Flex can be a reliable DC power solution in applications with restricted system height and depth. The system offers a broad range of power from 2,000 W to 18,000 W. Other power specifications include an input voltage range of 95–275 VAC, an output voltage of 42–58 VDC, and an output current up to 360 A. 

With its small footprint, configurable options, high power density, and efficiency, OmniOn’s new BPS addition may help developers support the expanding 5G infrastructure one cell power plant at a time.