SSA 4-Port RAID Adapter 4-I

SSA Front FRU 96H9883 / FC 6217 

D4 Status LED Loop B
D5 Status LED Loop A
J1, J9 Slots for memory
J2, J6  Internal SSA ports
J3 "B2" SSA Loop B Port 2 
J4 Solder pads for 140 position connector
J5 Socket for 4 MB Fast-Write Cache feature
J7 "B1" SSA Loop B Port 1 
J8 "A2" SSA Loop A Port 2 
J9 "A1" SSA Loop A Port 1
J14 PS/2 Port (Unknown)
TH1 PTC Resistor
U1 96H9834
U2 50.0000 Mhz Osc
U3, 5, 8, 10 TC559128AJ-20
U4 Xilinix XC4413-PQ240C 6070
U6 31H8637 BIOS Odd?
U7 Phillips SCC2691AC1A28
U9 88G6298
U12 34G1521 (Miami module)
U13 Dallas DS1225AD-170
U14 40.000 Mhz Osc
U15 31H8636 BIOS Even?
U29, 27, 26, 28  TC559128AJ-200

FRU 96H9883 RSINFO says "96H9883        Not a valid FRU -  Correct is FRU 89H5617 MCA 4-I adapter"

Simms in J1 and J9
  I have both slots filled with 4MB SIMMs,  1Mx36 70nS 5.0v, PN 82G6981. These have ten chips on one side of the PCB. There are 4 M514400C-70SJ (data) and one M512200-70SJ (parity) on each half.

J2, J6
   The adapter card has 2 internal SSA connectors and 4 external connectors. This allows one of the 2 dual-port SSA nodes to be connected either internally or externally to the system unit. The internal connectors are 2 x 3 pin SSA connectors.
    Ports B1 and B2 have both internal and external connectors. The marking also indicates that ports A1 and A2 are paired, that is, they are connected to the same SSA loop interface chip.  Similarly, ports B1 and B2 are paired.

+5 V power is available on the connector to power an external optical extender.

Interior SSA Port Pinouts
   Thanks to David Ress for finding this after I lost the reference... Pin 1 is marked on the outside of the header on the PCB.

  1  Line Out +  6  Line Out -
  2  Ground      5  Ground
  3  Line In -   4  Line In +

J14 Exploration
   Dave Ress tips back his miner's helmet and says:
   I checked the SSA adapter I have, and it has the solder pads for a 6-pin port, but that is all. Looking at the A side and numbering the solder pads from left to right, I find:

Pad 1 - GND
Pad 2 - Pin 5 of U7
Pad 3 - Pin 4 of U7
Pad 4 - Pin 3 of U7
Pad 5 - Pin 6 of U7
Pad 6 - +5 V

Looking at: SCC2691AC1A28 we learn that U7 is a UART, so the PS/2 port is really a serial port as the pins of U7 are mapped as:

Pin 3 - RxD
Pin 4 - TxD
Pin 5 - MPO => multi-purpose output (clock pulse?)
Pin 6 - MPI => multi-purpose input (clock pulse?)

Beyond that, I have no idea where the U7 chip interfaces to. I tried to map D0-7, but no luck there.

SSA Mini-Ports
   SSA connectors are 9-pin high-density shielded ITT-Canon Micro MDSM connectors
  Pin   Assignment    Pin  Assignment
   1     Ground        6   Line Out +
   2     Line Out -    7   No connection
   3     Ground        8   +5 V
   4     Line In -     9   Line In +
   5     Ground

The serial ports conform to SSA, Level 1. Each port operates at 20MB/sec full duplex, using point-to-point copper cables up to 25 meters long.

SSA Drive Connectors
  David Ress started diddling and said:
I took one of my SSA drives carriers apart this morning. It originally went into a 7133.

I did this for two reasons: first, I have always wondered how to connect an internal SSA drive up to the B1 and B2 internal connectors.  Second, if the SSA adapter has just a six pin ribbon connector, I was curious what the physical connector looked like on the SSA drive.

In looking at the SSA drive carrier, the first thought was "what in the world?", as the SSA drive carrier has a EURO 72-Pin style connector (think mini-Nubus).  72 pin connector to support a 6 pin ribbon connector?  But, as it turns out, 32 of the pins are no-connect.

Further disassembling the SSA drive carrier revealed a IBM DFHC 4.5GB drive, made in 1996.  Note: the SSA drive carrier has a label that says assembled on 23 Feb 2000, I guess IBM had many units left over.

In removing the DFHC I learned that the connector is very unusual, unlike anything I have seen before. I guess I was hoping to see a SCSI-2 connector as SSA is a superset of the SCSI-2 protocol, but that was very much wishful thinking on my part.

SSA Unitized Connector
SSA Unitized Connector 

SSA Port on Unitized Connector

Option Port on Unitized Connector

Power Port on Unitized Connector

Carrier connector
    4 x 32 female contact, BERG HPC connector, part number 99F9429. 

Fibre-Optic Extender
   A fibre-optic extender is available to connect an industry-standard fiber optic cable within an SSA loop when that loop is used with a 7133 SSA Disk Subsystem. With a fibre-optic extender attached at each node, the distance between them can be up to 2.4 km. The maximum sustainable data-transfer rate in a single direction  on an SSA link is approximately 18 MB/s. Extending the link with a fiber optic cable results in no degradation of  this data-transfer rate for lengths up to 200 meters, and a gradual reduction in the achievable data-transfer rate beyond this distance. This data-transfer rate reduction generally has no effect on SSA subsystem performance for most applications.

Light Pipes on D4 and D5
   Both LEDs are normal LEDs on the PCB. There are light pipes to transmit the light to the outside.

Each pair of connectors has a green light that indicates the operational status of its related loop:
Status of Light  Meaning
Off  Both SSA connectors are inactive. If disk drives or other SSA adapters are connected to these connectors, either those disk drives or adapters are failing, or their SSA links are not active.
Solid The light is on continuously when power is turned on to the adapter and both ports for that loop are operational; that is, the devices connected next to the adapter in the loop have power turned on to them, are connected correctly to the adapter, and are operational.
Slow Flash The light flashes continuously if one of the ports is not operational. That occurs when the cable to that port is not connected correctly or the device connected next to the adapter in the loop is not operational.

J5 Slot for Optional SSA Fast-Write Cache Option Card (#6222)
   When this feature is installed, data that is to be written to a disk drive is first written to a nonvolatile cache. This cache has a capacity of 4MB (plus ECC) and is on a removable daughter card. A battery on the daughter card enables it to retain data for up to 10 years. The daughter card can be moved to another Micro Channel SSA Multi-Initiator/RAID EL Adapter if the original adapter fails.

Using an SSA Fast-Write Cache Option Card enhances performance in two ways:
    By reducing the adapter service time to less than 1 millisecond for write operations that use the cache (that is, for those operations that are not too long and for which there is space in the cache).
    By joining split sequential write operations into larger data transfers when destaging to the disk drives.

Using an SSA Fast-Write Cache Option Card might reduce performance because:
    Additional firmware overhead for moving data from the disk drive to the cache and back reduces the number of operations per second possible.
    Longer internal bus cycles are needed when moving data from the disk drive to the cache; this reduces the available internal bandwidth.

SSA Back


J12, 13 Solder pads for 40 pin connector
U17 VLSI-ARM VY86C06040
U19, 25 88H5516
U23, 31 AM29F040-120EC

 40 MHz version of the ARM6 Application-Specific Standard Product (ASSP) version of the new ARM processor, designed the VY86C06040, is pin-to-pin compatible with lower clock frequency versions.  It operates with a 40 MHz clock and exhibits a peak performance of 40 MIPS and a sustainable performance of 26 MIPS at 5 

SSA Fast-Write Cache Option Card, FC 6222

This is a 4MB fast-write optional feature that will plug into either SSA Multi-Initiator/RAID EL Adapter FC's 6215 or 6219.

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