By Amphenol ICC 137


The Mini-SAS HD product is the next-generation SAS storage interface addressing channel bandwidth requirements of 6 Gb/s, 12 Gb/s and 14 Gb/s meeting or exceeding the respective SAS 2.1 and proposed SAS 3.0 specifications. The Mini-SAS HD product provides greater port density (11 mm port-to-port) versus the existing Mini-SAS 2.0 product (19.01 mm port-to-port). Amphenol ICC's Mini-SAS HD product is fully compliant to the SFF-8643 and SFF-8644 industry specifications. Internal and external connector configurations of the Mini-SAS HD product include 1 x 1 (4x), 1 x 2 (8x), and 1 x 4(16x) and enables 4x and 8x internal and external cable assembly solutions which include EEPROM communication. The Mini-SAS HD profile design is PCI Express compatible and can be utilized in PCI Express architecture applications.

Features and Benefits

  • IMLA based board connector insures compliance to the SAS 2.1 and proposed 3.0 electrical performance criteria
  • Internal and external board connector and cable assemblies provide end-to-end application solutions
  • 1 x 1, 1 x 2 and 1 x 4 connector/cage assemblies offer product family design flexibility
  • All board connectors and configurations are fully 6 G and 12 G compliant, allowing for use of same part numbers when system speeds increase from 6 G to 12 G
  • Metal cages on the external connector and cables provide 360° EMI shielding and replaces problematic EMC elastomeric gaskets
  • Cable assemblies offered in 4x and 8x configurations
  • Eye-of-the-needle connector and cage single-step termination yields consistent application to the PCB
  • The external cable strain relief results in an axial pull force in excess of 20 lbs
  • Cable latch design reduces cable insertion force and un-mating issues
  • Pull tabs are available in multiple lengths in Pantone 279 color to meet many application needs
  • Positive stop feature on the casting prevents external cable assembly mating over-travel
  • Hybrid external cables (Mini-SAS HD to Mini-SAS) allow for backwards-compatible cabling with legacy system hardware


  • Data
  • Servers
  • RAID systems
  • Storage racks
  • External storage systems
  • SAS/SATA HBA interfaces
  • Direct-attached storage (DAS)
  • Communications
  • Switches