The Mini-SAS external I/O connector system consists of a die-cast metal cage and a Compact Multi Lane SMT connector. The Mini-SAS can support Fiber Channel and Infini-Band standards, making it the perfect solution to the ever-growing demand of high-speed mass storage systems, servers, and storage area networks. Providing four serial send/receive channels per port, this connector system provides signal speeds of 6 Gbps per channel across the connector interface and is designed to satisfy the needs for gigabit serial data transmission applications. The connector satisfies the requirements of the INCITS T10 SAS 2.0 and SAS 2.1, and is also compliant with SFF-8086 and SFF-8088. The cage is mounted separately to the body so that the stress imposed by insertion and removal of the cable plug does not affect the signal/body solder joints. The connector is available with unique solder hold-down tabs designed to provide additional mechanical robustness in demanding applications.