Molex Continues Industry Standard Development Leadership with iPass+(TM) HD
Connector Included in SAS 2.1 Standard
LISLE, Ill. June 23, 2009- Molex Incorporated (NASDAQ: MOLX and MOLXA) today
announced it has won the vote for the iPass+ HD system to move forward for
inclusion in the Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) 2.1 standard. The SAS 2.1 standard
is created by the International Committee for Information Technology Standards
(INCITS) which is accredited by and operates under rules approved by the
American National Standards Institute. Molex provides assistance to many
standard setting committees and groups from the earliest stages of development.
This vote included new high-density internal and external connector I/Os. The
Molex solution provided the same port density for low profile PCIe® cards as the
current Molex iPass+ solution does for standard height PCIe cards. The planned
release of the SAS 2.1 standard will be at the end of 2009.
"Several OEMs needed the higher-density connector solution for the new SAS
switch and RAID controller products much sooner than the previous 2011 release
plan for SAS 3.0," said Debbie Kiley, high speed I/O group product manager,
Molex Incorporated. "Molex was honored to be selected for inclusion in the SAS
2.1. This win validates our strong presence and participation in leading
standards organizations and our continued commitment to develop innovative
Several months ago, the T10 SCSI Standards Committee, a committee within INCITS,
moved forward with requirements for a new high-density SAS 6 Gbps (12 Gbps
capable) I/O connector and scheduled a selection vote in the Oklahoma City March
meeting. The Molex iPass+ HD system was chosen in the SAS Phy Work Group
meeting on March 17 and recommended to the T10 Plenary meeting on March 19.
Several other products are moving through the standardization process. Molex's
QSFP interconnect system, already part of the InfiniBand Specification, has
also just been submitted to the T10 Standards Group for inclusion in SAS 2.1 and
is moving through the IEEE® 802.3ba 40G/100G standard development process.
Similarly, Molex's CXP I/O connector is being incorporated in the 120 Gbps 12x
Small Form-factor Pluggable InfiniBand specification and also is being written
into the IEEE 802.3ba 40G/100G Ethernet standard as the 100G solution as it
moves through the process. Customers are already ordering the CXP I/O and QSFP
connector for their new product designs.
For more information about the iPass+ HD connector, visit www.molex.com/link/ipassplushd.html.
About Molex Incorporated
Molex Incorporated is a 70-year-old global manufacturer of electronic,
electrical and fiber optic interconnection systems. Based in Lisle, Illinois,
USA, the company operates 45 manufacturing locations in 17 countries. The Molex
website is www.molex.com.
Molex is a registered trademark of Molex Incorporated.
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