The 29-position, FCI Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) receptacle and plug connector enables the implementation of the high-speed, SAS hard disk drive (HDD) interface that is replacing the SCSI drive connection in enterprise storage applications in servers and storage systems.
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 SAS connector misalignment, allowing the device plug and the SAS receptacle to self align during the mating process. Most FCI SAS 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 6Gb/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 similar 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 lades, storage backplanes, HDD carriers, and HDDs.
FCI extended its storage line of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) connectors with the launch of 12 Gb/s SAS receptacles for the enterprise storage and server industry. These new 12Gb/s SAS connector are designed with ease of adoption, as they are footprint compatible with several existing FCI’s 6Gb/s SAS connectors. These connectors will help pave the way for the next generation of server and storage solutions by increasing their I/O performance over their predecessor by up to two times.