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iPass+™ HD Interconnect System

Improve system airflow and signal integrity (SI) by eliminating midplane connections; iPass+™ HD Interconnect System offers low-power optical consumption and long reaches up to 100m

Molex's iPass+™ HD system, referenced as mini-SAS HD in the SAS 2.1 standard, meets SAS-3 next-generation speed and density requirements. The low-profile system provides 4x and 8x cable-plug options, and the external I/O connectors includes eight sideband signals per 4x port. These additional signals enable active copper and optical cables, as well as active pluggable modules for extended-length applications in data centers.

iPass+ HD connectors mate to all current mini-SAS HD cable assemblies, and the Active Optical Cables (AOCs) reach up to 100m with low-power consumption while reducing cable-management challenges. Additionally, these connectors and cables are the chosen interface for the PCI Express (PCIe) External Cable Work Group's Generation 3 Cable specification.

Part Number View Inventory
170729-0001 iPass zHD Vert 1x1 InternalAssy
170729-0002 iPass zHD Vert 1x2 InternalAssy
170729-0004 iPass zHD Vert 1x4 InternalAssy
170729-0005 iPass zHD Vert 1x4 InternalAssy

Features and Benefits:

  • Fully integrated press-fit receptacle design - Provides one-step placement to PCB
  • Integrated side bands - Provide routing control for end users
  • Various configurations of 4x and 8x cables can mate with 1-by-2 or 1-by-4 integrated connectors - Allow for multi-plugging functionality
  • Connectors mate to passive and optical cable assemblies - Provides the capability to extend
    copper cable reach with active cabling
  • I2C bus protocol and on-board EEPROM chip on external cables - Enables multiple hostmanagement
    capabilities. Meets SFF-8636 specifications
  • Dual paddlecard cable assembly design (both internal and external) - Reduces crosstalk and improves
    electrical performance
  • Multiple wire gauge sizes available on internal and external assemblies - Offer customized solutions
  • Compliant with SAS 3.0 (12 Gbps) systems with optical-mode capability, InfiniBand* (10 Gbps), Ethernet (10
    Gbps) and other protocols - Meets next-generation as well as many existing industry standards
  • Data rates scalable to 96 Gbps (24 Gbps over 4 lanes; vertical receptacles only) - Supports projected SAS 4.0 data rates


  • Data/Communications - RAID (Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks); Workstations
  • Networking - Rack-mount server; Servers; Storage rack
  • Telecommunications - Switches

See also:
Preliminary Datasheet - iPass+ zHD Vertical Connectors (.pdf) for more product information, specifications, applications and ordering information.

Application Brief (PDF)

Datasheet iPass+ HD Interconnects (.pdf) - for more product information, specifications, applications and ordering information.