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3M launches its first range of Mini-SAS connectors into the UK


8th September 2008 – Diversified technology company 3M has launched its first range of Mini-SAS connectors into the UK, able to support data transfer rates of up to 6Gbps and a pitch of just 0.8mm.  Designed to provide a combination of high-data speeds and a small form factor, these new connectors are targeted at electronics designers who have to deal with the challenges of increasingly limited space, without compromising on performance. Typical applications include server motherboards, controller cards, storage backplanes and input/output systems. 

With these additions, 3M can give product designers a broad range of options: the Mini-SAS connectors joins the existing 3M portfolio compliant with the main industry connector formats, including SAS and SATA, plus adherence to the internally recognised SSF 8088 and SAS 2.0 standards.  Product customisation is also available.

Benefits of the Mini-SAS range include:

Advanced signalling capability – having just four signal channels means that routing is simplified, while the small form factor and excellent signal integrity make these connectors ideal for integration with advanced silicon processes, using low peak-to-peak voltage signalling.  They also support 26 conductor signal assembly.
Flexible design – thin cables allow for improved air flow in the chassis, while a pull tab ring makes mating and unmating of cables simple.  There are two levels of EMLB for ‘hot plugging’ and a metal latch promotes secure cable retention.
Comprehensive choice - The connectors are offered in vertical and right-angle versions for internal board-mount use and a right-angle design for external board-mount use.  Multiple key options and cable lengths are available on through-hole shields, kinked tails and SMT options. 
Reliability - 3M Mini-SAS products are fully RoHS compliant and fully tested to the SAS-2 Specification.  

Says Adrian Hyner, General Sales and Marketing Manager for 3M’s electronics business in the UK, “What we are seeing in the market today is an increasingly diverse range of requirements from product designers.  This is why we’ve added Mini-SAS to the existing family of 3M products.  Many companies will continue to use SAS – especially in the hard disk market – and there are still many firms using the well-established SATA standard of connectors.  However, with the growing trend towards miniaturisation, plus the pressure to ensure high performance and data throughput speeds, there is a clear need for small, but very sophisticated, connectors.  For these applications, Mini-SAS is ideal.”

For further information, readers should contact the 3M Customer Service Centre on 01234 229463.

About 3M in the electronics market
3M, the diversified technology company, provides a comprehensive range of solutions for the electronics market in the UK and Ireland, from components through to chemicals.  Covering multiple applications – including medical device technology, ICT, PCB, semiconductor, automotive and military/aerospace – 3M supplies products that aim to address the challenges designers and manufacturers face today.

About 3M
3M is a $24.5 billion diversified technology company which, since 1902, has been creating innovative products that help make the world healthier, safer and more productive. Well known 3M brands include Scotch, Post-it, Scotchgard, Thinsulate and Scotch-Brite.

3M employs 76,200 people worldwide, producing thousands of innovative products for customers in dozens of diverse markets in some 200 countries. Its 45 technology platforms touch nearly every aspect of modern life - the company has applied its expertise in RFID technology to deliver biometric passports; it is using its understanding of the healthcare industry to provide hospitals with infection prevention and detection solutions; and its digital signage offerings are revolutionising the way businesses communicate with their customers, their employees and the general public.

The UK and Ireland is home to one of the largest 3M subsidiaries outside the USA, employing 4000 people across 18 locations, including 12 manufacturing sites. Products manufactured in the UK include coated abrasives, occupational health and environmental safety equipment, adhesive tapes, industrial microbiology products, drug delivery systems, high-performance coatings, secure documents and passport scanners.

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