Where to get a System Planar cable for IBM that is U320

Posted on 2007-08-12
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I'm upgrading a RAID Controller in an IBM eSeries x232 Server and the Cable from the controller to the drive backplane is 37L0349 which has a 68-pin (M) end and a Centronics 68-pin end (i think).  Well, the cable is U160 (I believe) and I want to utilize the U320 rates available with the new hardware.  But, I haven't been able to find the cable I need.

So, does anyone know where I can get such a cable?
Question by:ast2550
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       U160 and U320 cables are usually the same.  They are the ones with twists in the pairs along the cable.
    I am curious as to why you are looking to replace the cable... Have you tried U320 drives in the server and you are only seeing U160 rates?  My first thoughts were more along the lines of if the backplane can even run U320.  I don't have know your particular server's specs available... but many hot-swap backplanes have some form of onboard controller and firmware.  You may not be able to achieve U320 with your existing backplane.

      You might want to call up IBM parts and request a quote from them to upgrade your server.  If you can get a detailed quote from them, then you'll have a list of exactly what needs to be upgraded.  Then again, they may not support what you are attempting to do...

    Just some thoughts.   -Cheers, Peter.
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    Thanks for the info.

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