The 29-position, SAS receptacle and plug connectors enable the implementation of the high-speed, Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) hard disk drive (HDD) interface that is replacing the SCSI drive connection in enterprise storage applications in servers and storage systems. This range conforms to SFF8482, SFF8680 and is capable of meeting up to 12Gb/s.
The SAS connector system is designed to support hot plugging and blind mating of HDDs. Staggered contact lengths provide sequential mating of contacts to enable hot plugging. Molded guide posts provide angled lead-in to compensate for connector misalignment, allowing the device plug and the receptacle to self-align during the mating process. Most connectors also feature stamped retention clips that provide additional mechanical strength for robust PCB attachment.
AFCI also offers wide-base housing options on vertical backplane receptacles for even more stability.
The high-speed, serial interface is designed to support differential signaling, initially at speeds of 3Gb/s and evolving to 12Gb/s. A SAS receptacle accepts either SAS or SATA (Serial ATA) drives, giving the system manufacturer the option to plug either drive to a backplane. Because both technologies have similiar electrical interfaces, users have the choice of deploying cost-effective SATA drives for bulk storage or higher-performance SAS drives for mission-critical applications.
AFCI offers a wide range of SAS plug and receptacle connectors for enterprise applications. Vertical and right angle connector configurations provide options for use in servers, server or storage blades, storage backplanes, HDD carriers and HDDs.