HP BladeSystem PCI Expansion Blade
HP BladeSystem PCI Expansion Blade
The HP BladeSystem PCI Expansion Blade provides PCI card expansion slots to an adjacent c-Class server blade. This blade
expansion unit uses the c-Class mid-plane to pass standard PCI signals between adjacent enclosure bays, to allow a c-Class blade
server to add off-the-shelf PCI-X or PCIe cards. Customers would need one PCI Expansion Blade for each c-Class server blade
needing PCI card expansion. Any PCI card from third-party manufacturers that works in HP ProLiant ML and HP ProLiant DL servers
should work in this PCI Expansion Blade. HP does not offer any warranty or support for third-party PCI manufactured products. HP
does joint market with selected PCI manufactures; please visit:
http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/blades/solutions/solutionbuilder.html to see a list of HP BladeSystem Solutions Builders.
1. PCI Card #1
2. PCI Card #2
At A Glance
Internal PCI card Support:
Supports one or two PCI-X cards (either 3.3V or "universal" PCI-X cards), or
Supports one or two PCIe cards (either x1, x4, or x8 cards) Note: When two PCIe cards are installed, they share the
single x4 PCI bandwidth between the server blade and the PCI Expansion Blade.
This expansion blade will NOT support one PCI-X card and one PCIe card in the same expansion blade.
Form Factor:
Standard c-Class half-height blade form factor
The PCI Expansion Blade is protected by HP Services and a worldwide network of resellers and service providers. 3-year
parts, 3-year Labor and 3-year on-site limited global warranty. Certain restrictions and exclusions apply.
HP provides no warranty for third-party PCI cards, and HP provides no support of the use of third-party PCI cards within
the PCI Expansion Blade.
NOTE: The PCI Expansion Blade provides PCI card slots for an adjacent c-Class Server Blade. Order one PCI expansion Blade for
each server blade needing standard PCI-X or PCIe expansion slots.
HP PCI Expansion Blade
NOTE: Ships with one pre-installed PCI-X connect board. Also includes one PCIe connect board which requires
Upgrade Options
PCI Express Mezzanine
PCI Express Mezzanine Pass-Thru card
Pass-Thru card
NOTE: The use of the PCI Expansion Blade with a full-height server blade requires the
purchase of one (1) PCI Express Mezzanine Pass-Thru card for each server blade. This
option is not needed for half-height server blades.
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Product Highlights
Key Features
Features of the PCI Expansion Blade include:
Provides PCI-X or PCIe expansion slots for c-Class blade server in an adjacent enclosure bay.
Each PCI Expansion Blade can hold one or two PCI-X cards; or one or two PCIe cards, but cannot
contain one of each type of PCI card.
The PCIe and PCI-X expansion slots are rated at 25 Watts per slot.
Supports typical third-party non-HP PCI cards, such as SSL or XML accelerator cards, VOIP cards,
special purpose telecommunications cards, and some graphic acceleration cards.
NOTE: The most common PCI expansion method for NICs, Fibre-channel HBAs, and
InfiniBand ports is provided by HP BladeSystem c-Class interconnect mezzanine adapters;
as such, this PCI Expansion blade is provided to support less common or specialty PCI
cards. For more information on c-Class interconnect mezzanine adapters, go to
The PCI Expansion blade supports either 3.3V or "universal" PCI-X cards.
The PCI expansion blade supports either x1, x4, or x8 PCIe cards
LED Indicators
Front panel LEDs indicate power and system health status.
The PCI Expansion Blade fits into a half -height bay in the BladeSystem c7000 Enclosure.
The PCI Expansion Blade and its PCI boards are managed by the adjacent server blade and its operating
Product Kit Contents
PCI Expansion Blade, two PCI Connector cards (one PCI-X and one PCIe connector board),PCI-X & PCIe
Connector boards, warranty card, Installation guide
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Service and Support, HP Care Pack, and Warranty Information
Protected by HP Services and a worldwide network of resellers and service providers. 3-year parts, 3-year
Labor and 3-year on-site limited global warranty. Certain restrictions and exclusions apply.
Service and Support
The PCI Expansion Blade is covered by a global limited warranty and supported by HP Services and a
worldwide network of resellers and service providers. Hardware diagnostic support and repair is
available for three years from date of purchase. Additional support may be covered under the warranty
or available for an additional fee. Enhancements to warranty services are available through HP Care
Pack services or customized service agreements.
NOTE: HP does not offer warranty and support services for third-party PCI cards. This is the
responsibility of the manufacturer or distributor of the PCI cards.
HP services provide continuous care and support expertise with committed response designed to meet
your IT and business needs.
To fully capitalizing on your HP BladeSystem servers' capabilities requires a service partner who
thoroughly understands your server technology and systems environment. HP Services, an industry leader
in provision of multi vender support solutions provides a range of support services designed to meet the
varying needs of business. Whether an SMB or large global corporation HP has a HP BladeSystem server
support offer to help you speedily deploy and maximize system uptime.
Enhanced Care - Minimum recommended service support offer designed to ensure customers have
access to expert assistance, whenever they need it.
4-Hour On-site Service, 5-Day x 13-Hour Coverage, 3 Years.
Continuance Care - Recommended service delivering cost-effective support options designed to extend
HP Services committed response and guaranteed fix times, designed to speed problem identification and
4-Hour On-site Service, 7-Day x 24-Hour Coverage, 3 Years.
Total Care - Highest HP Support service level recommend to help increase IT performance and
availability with comprehensive, integrated hardware and software services
Support Plus 24 - Onsite HW support 24x7, 4hr response and Microsoft O/S SW Tech support
offsite, onsite at HP's discretion, 24x7 2hr response time incl. HP holidays.
Deployment Services - HP Installation and Start Up services designed to take time, risk, and worry out of
the deployment of HP BladeSystem servers - and free customers IT support staff to focus on what they do
best, their business.
Installation & Start-Up service for HP BladeSystem Infrastructure plus HP BladeSystem Enhanced
Network Installation and Start-UP as per the Customer Description and/or Data Sheet. To be
delivered on a scheduled basis 8am-5pm, M-F, excl. HP holidays.
For a complete listing of service offerings and information visit:
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Technical Specifications
HP PCI Expansion Blade
2.207 in (5.61 cm)
20.058 in (50.95 cm)
7.154 in (18.17 cm)
10.0 lbs (4.54 kg)
Temperature Range*
10° to 35° C (50° to 95° F)
-40° to 60° C (-40° to 140° F)
-20° to 60° C (-4° to 140° F)
Maximum Wet Bulb
-30° C (86° F)
10% to 90%
Relative Humidity**
10% to 90%
10% to 95%
* All temperature ratings shown are for sea level. An altitude derating of 1°C per 304.8 m (1.8° F per
1,000 ft) to 3048 m (10,000 ft) is applicable. No direct sunlight allowed. Upper operating limit is 3,048
m (10,000 ft) or 70 Kpa/10.1 psia. Upper non-operating limit is 9,144 m (30,000 ft) or 30.3 KPa/4.4
**Storage maximum humidity of 95% is based on a maximum temperature of 45° C (113° F). Altitude
maximum for storage corresponds to a pressure minimum of 70 KPa.
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The information contained herein is subject to change without notice.
The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and
services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial
errors or omissions contained herein.
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