Smiths Connectors is now Smiths Interconnect


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  • Utilizes field proven Hypertac® contact technology
  • Meets mechanical footprint of standard COTS SATA device connectors
  • Optional quarter-turn locking feature available
  • Straddle, vertical PCB and right angle PCB production products currently available
  • All materials pass NASA outgassing requirements
The Nebula Series by Smiths Connectors is a high reliability SATA 6.0 Gbps connector line designed for harsh environment and rugged storage applications within the aerospace, defense and industrial market segments. Used to transmit and receive critical data, the Nebula Connector Series provide the absolute reliability required by mass storage devices to ensure maximum transfer speed under the most extreme conditions.
Standard SATA connectors were originally designed to meet the requirements of HDD (Hard Disk Drives) but are not durable enough to survive the capabilities of today’s SSD (Solid State Drives) which are now being used more and more in remote and harsh environments.
Nebula Connector Series employ Hypertac® contacts as the foundation of its reliability which offer up to 100,000 mating cycles, immunity to shock and vibration fretting, current carrying capacity up to 1.5 Amps per contact and low insertion /extraction forces; eliminating the quality and reliability issues associated with commodity connector solutions. Further, the pins and sockets are protected by recessed contacts within insulators which are made from rugged, heavy duty polymers that prevent cracking in extreme environments.
Smiths Connectors suite of products and services provides proven industry leading performance and unequaled reliability for heavy use, data storage applications such as rugged SSD storage solutions. Eliminate the weak link in your rugged data storage solution with the Smiths Connectors’ Nebula Series connector line.

Technical Characteristics

Contact Diameter 0.016” (0.4 mm)
Pitch 0.05” (1.27 mm)


Mechanical & Environmental

Contact Resistance < 8 mΩ (per contact)
Insertion/Extraction Force 3 lbs. max./ 2.5 lbs. max
Connector Life Cycle > 5,000
Temperature Rating -55° C to 125° C
Shock 100 g, 11 ms, half sine, 6 shocks per axis
Vibration EIA 364-28, condition V test letter A, 30 g (3 axis, 5 hrs per axis)


Materials & Finishes

Insulator LCP
Pin Beryllium copper
50 μin gold over nickel on mating surface,
5 μin gold over nickel on solder tails
Socket Brass bodies with beryllium copper contact wires
50 μin gold over nickel on mating surface,
5 μin gold over nickel on solder tails


Current Rating 1.5 A per contact
DWV > 500V
Data Rate > 6.0 Gbps
All specifications are subject to change without notice