Serial-Attached SCSI (SAS) Connectors




OVERVIEW

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.

FCI 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.

 

FCI 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.

Target Markets/Applications
Data
  • Servers
  • Server and storage blades
  • External Storage Systems
  • HDDs
  • HDD carriers
Communications
  • Processor & storage blades
  • Mezzanine cards
Industrial, Instrumentation & Medical
  • Embedded system boards


Features & Benefits

 

For high-speed serial storage interfaces of up to 12 Gb/s
29-position SAS connectors enable SFF-8482 HDD and SFF-8680 HDD interface
Provide dual signal ports (7 contacts/port) and 15 contacts for powerinterface
SAS receptacles also accept SATA drives
Designed to support hot-plugging and blind-mating of HDDs
Connector retainers provide additional mechanical strength after soldering
RoHS-compliant and compatible with lead-free processing temperatures