TE Connectivity launches the new Mini SAS HD interconnect, designed to double the port density of low-profile PCIe cards and support 6- and 12-Gbps SAS applications. TE’s Mini SAS HD receptacle assembly is the next-generation SAS high-density high-speed IO interface. This interface was adopted for the SAS 2.1 standard and proposed for SAS 3.0 standard, and is designed to support 6G and future 12G SAS applications.
In most low-profile PCIe cards, density is limited to only two 4x ports due to size restrictions. With TE's new Mini SAS HD one-piece receptacle connector and cage assembly, which is only 12.5mm wide, users can double the port density of a single low-profile PCIe card as the assembly allows four 4x ports.
The reduced size of the Mini SAS HD assembly also helps save PCB real estate and provides additional beach front for system designers. In addition, the mechanical keys required in the Mini SAS connector assembly have been eliminated to reduce manufacturing part numbers for both the host connector and cable. The assembly is offered in 4x, 8x, and 16x versions.
The Mini SAS HD direct-attach copper cables have been developed for easy cable routing. The cable design combines TE Madison Cable brand 4-pair TurboTwin cables with dual exit cable connector backshells, and for greater flexibility and a tighter bend radius, TE offers the Madison Cable brand InfiniTwist bulk 4-pair cable. Shielding in both of the bulk cables consists of a foil wrap and copper braid to maximize signal integrity and minimize EMI radiation.
TE's Mini SAS HD copper cables can be customized in length, pull tab styles and colors, and labeling and packaging for various applications. Additionally, TE can also custom program the cables' EEPROM signature to customer specifications. The Mini SAS HD cables are offered in three wire gages (26, 28 and 30 AWG) and in lengths ranging from 0.5m to 7m.
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