DSEI 2015: Connector covers hi-rel SATA applications

14th September 2015
Mick Elliott

An innovative SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) solution will be showcased at DSEI 2015 by Smiths Connectors. The Nebula Series is a highly reliable SATA 6.0 Gbps connector for high-speed data rates with 100ohm impedance matching and minimal losses. The connector utilises the industry standard PCB soldering footprint ensuring no need for change or modification of SATA drive layouts.

Designed for rugged data storage applications within the aerospace, defense and industrial markets, the Nebula Series is differentiated from competitive productsby its ability to perform in extremely harsh environments.

The connector employs the Hypertac hyperboloid contacts as the bedrock of its high reliability providing immunity to shock and vibration fretting over an outstanding 100,000 mating cycles. These features combine with a current carrying capacity up to 1.5 Amps per contact coupled with a low insertion / extraction force to provide significantly enhanced quality and reliability performance compared with other commodity connector solutions.

Additionally, the pins are protected by recessed contacts within insulators made from high temperature-rated durable liquid crystal polymers that are resistant to cracking even in extremely harsh operating environments. These features allow for increased MTBF of the ruggedised hard drive assemblies by eliminating the connector as typically the first-failure component.

Available for direct mounting to PCB, the Nebula Series supports independent function for all its 22 contacts. It also offers optional quarter-turn locking hardware for faster interconnection and to prevent unintentional separation.

The Series is compatible with the SATA next generation signal standard, which removes the need for future connector development and qualification.

It completely satisfies the stringent requirements established by the US Department of Defense (DoD), and utilised by other defence agencies around the world.

“Manufacturing rugged, reliable interconnect solutions tailored to address the unique demands and requirements of the defense market is one of Smiths Connectors’ core competencies,” said Gabriel Guglielmi, Vice President of Business Development and Strategy for Smiths Connectors. “The Nebula Connector Series, with its immunity to shock and vibration, safeguards the flow of data and provides a high reliability SATA connector series to design engineers which surpasses anything currently available in the marketplace.”  

The Nebula Series will be on display at DSEI, Excel, London (Sept 15-18)


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