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Connectors enable port selection in hard disk drive carriers

Posted: 25 May 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:fci? serial-attached scsi? sas connector? connector? serial ata?

FCI has developed a line of 29-position Serial-Attached SCSI (SAS) plug and receptacle connectors, and 22-position Serial ATA (SATA) receptacle connectors for port selector assemblies in removable hard disk drive (HDD) carriers used in enterprise servers and storage systems. Options for vertical or right angle connector terminations are available, which allow engineers to tailor the orientation of the internal PC-board to best fit the drive's form factor.

Vertical connectors position the port selector PC-board assembly perpendicular to the device plug on the HDD, which may be preferred with a 3.5-inch hard drive. Use of right-angle connectors allows the PC-board assembly to be positioned in a plane that is parallel to the device plug on the HDD. This orientation may be desirable to enable the use of a larger PC-board for the smaller 2.5-inch drive form factor. SAS plug and receptacle connectors for port selector assemblies are RoHS-compatible.

"The SAS plug connector on the port selector PCB assembly provides two ports at the interface between the drive carrier module and a SAS backplane receptacle," said David Sideck, FCI regional market manager, in a statement. "At the HDD interface within the drive carrier, there are two options. Use of a SAS receptacle provides two ports and the capability to accept either SAS or SATA drives. A SATA receptacle supplies a single port and accepts a SATA drive, but the connector is keyed to block the installation of a SAS drive."

Typical prices range between $1 to $1.50 each in quantities of 1,000, depending on the connector type and configuration. Samples are available. Delivery for production quantities is from stock to four weeks.

- Gina Roos

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