Highest density, plus speed, in nano-connect system

April 07, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Molex' Nano-Pitch I/O 80-circuit interconnect system claims to offer the highest port density and speed in the smallest available package.

Highest port density is based on the number of high-speed differential lanes with speed of 25 Gbps per lane, in the smallest package available. A multi-protocol pinout concept enables compatibility with all known SAS, SATA and PCIe protocols and provides enhanced signal integrity in an extremely compact form factor. The connector is suitable for SAS and PCI express applications, including storage-to-controller, server-to-server, server-to-switch, switch-to-switch, and mobile/enterprise. Molex says the design is “redefining PCIe and SAS solutions within the storage industry”.

The system's flexible pinout concept (continuous Ground-Signal-Signal-Ground) optimises it for high-speed applications and maximises the number of high-speed lanes within the lengths provided. Eight lanes (80 circuit) are available, per industry standard.

The system's small form factor (5 x 23 x 9 mm) and a 12mm mated connector-to-cable assembly height, for right-angle cable exit, allow it to service mobile devices through enterprise applications. Staggered, reliable and constant dual-row contact configuration makes it hot pluggable. Also, the connector provides optimal routing for high-speed trace connections while reducing the need for PCB real-estate.

Storage systems applications for the Nano-Pitch I/O 80-Circuit Interconnect System include data centre and enterprise storage systems, storage racks, JBODs, storage controllers, HBA servers, and RAIDS. Telecommunications/networking applications for the connector include hubs, servers, switches, and routers.

Molex; www.molex.com/link/nanopitchio.html