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iPass+™ High Density (HD) Active Optical Cables | Molex

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iPass+™ High Density (HD) Active Optical Cables | Molex)

Molex's iPass+™ HD system, referenced as mini-SAS HD in the SAS 2.1 standard, meets SAS-3 next-generation speed and density requirements. The low-profile system provides 4x and 8x cable-plug options, and the external I/O connectors includes eight sideband signals per 4x port. These additional signals enable active copper and optical cables, as well as active pluggable modules for extended-length applications in data centers.

iPass+ HD connectors mate to all current mini-SAS HD cable assemblies, and the Active Optical Cables (AOCs) reach up to 100m with low-power consumption while reducing cable-management challenges. Additionally, these connectors and cables are the chosen interface for the PCI Express (PCIe) External Cable Work Group’s Generation 3 Cable specification.

Features & Benefits:

  • Active Optical Cables (AOCs) are compliant to SAS 3.0 and SAS 2.1 (optical) up to 100 meters in length
  • Fully integrated press-fit receptacle design
  • Connectors mate to 4x or 8x passive and optical cable assemblies
  • Cables are compliant with SAS-3 (12 Gbps) systems with optical-mode capability InfiniBand† (10 Gbps), Ethernet (10 Gbps) and other protocols
  • Multiple wire gauge sizes available on internal and external assemblies
  • Compliant with SAS 3.0 (12 Gbps) systems with optical-mode capability, InfiniBand* (10 Gbps), Ethernet (10 Gbps) and other protocols
  • Data rates scalable to 96 Gbps (24 Gbps over 4 lanes; vertical receptacles only)


  • Data Center and Enterprise Storage Systems
  • Storage racks
  • JBODs
  • Storage Controllers
  • HBAs (Host Bus Adapters) servers
  • RAIDs (Redundant Array of Individual Disks)

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