The 22-position, receptacle and plug connectors enable the implementation of the new high-speed, Serial ATA (SATA) hard disk drive (HDD) interface that is extending the use of low-cost, high capacity SATA drives to low-end enterprise storage applications in servers and storage systems. The backplane receptacle accepts a SATA drive, but is keyed to block the installation of a Serial-Attached SCSI (SAS) drive.
The SATA connector system is designed for 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 corresponding receptacle to self align during the mating process.
FCI offers options for through-hole solder, press fit, or surface-mount termination, allowing engineers to select the termination technique best suited to their backplane design and manufacturing process. Most backplane connectors also feature stamped retention clips that provide additional mechanical strength for robust PCB attachment.
The seven contacts that comprise the SATA port are designed to support differential signaling, initially at speeds of 1.5Gb/s and evolving to 3.0Gb/s. The power segment of the SATA backplane receptacle uses fifteen contacts to provide options for 3.3V, 5V, or 12V power.
FCI offers a wide range of SATA plug and receptacle connector configurations. Vertical and right angle connector configurations provide options for use in servers, server or storage blades, storage backplanes, HDD carriers, and HDDs.