Lenovo ThinkSystem 440-16e External SAS HBAProduct Guide

10 Jul 2020
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The Lenovo ThinkSystem 440-16e SAS/SATA 12Gb HBA is a high performance PCIe 4.0 host bus adapters for external storage connectivity in ThinkSystem servers. The adapter provides four x4 external mini-SAS HD connectors with 16 lanes of 12 Gbps SAS.

This product guide provides essential presales information to understand the ThinkSystem external HBAs and their key features, specifications, and compatibility. This guide is intended for technical specialists, sales specialists, sales engineers, IT architects, and other IT professionals who want to learn more about the HBAs and consider their use in IT solutions.

Change History

Changes in the July 10 update:


The Lenovo ThinkSystem 440-16e SAS/SATA 12Gb HBA is a high performance PCIe 4.0 host bus adapters for external storage connectivity in ThinkSystem servers. The adapter provides four x4 external mini-SAS HD connectors with 16 lanes of 12 Gbps SAS.

The following figure shows the ThinkSystem 440-16e SAS/SATA 12Gb HBA.

ThinkSystem 440-16e SAS/SATA PCIe Gen4 12Gb HBA
Figure 1. ThinkSystem 440-16e SAS/SATA PCIe Gen4 12Gb HBA

Did you know?

The 440 Internal and External HBAs have a PCIe 4.0 host interface which doubles the bandwidth between the server and the adapter, compared to the previous generation 430 HBAs. This improves overall performance of the storage subsystem by supporting up to 3 million IOPS.

Rigorous testing of the ThinkSystem HBAs by Lenovo through the ServerProven program ensures a high degree of confidence in storage subsystem compatibility and reliability. Providing an additional peace of mind, the controller is covered under Lenovo warranty.

Part number information

The following table lists the ordering information.

Table 1. Ordering information
Part number Feature code Description
4Y37A09724 B8P7 ThinkSystem 440-16e SAS/SATA PCIe Gen4 12Gb HBA

The option part number includes the following items:

  • Adapter with a full-height (3U) bracket attached
  • Low-profile (2U) bracket
  • Documentation flyer

Features and specifications

The 440 external HBA has the following features and specifications:

  • PCIe 4.0 x8 host interface
  • 12Gbps SAS/SATA host bus adapter, based on the Broadcom SAS3816 IOC design
  • PCI low profile, half-length form factor
  • 16x 12Gbps SAS/SATA ports for connectivity to 16x internal drives
  • Non-RAID (JBOD mode) support for SAS and SATA HDDs and SSDs
  • Connectivity for up to 1024 external SAS or SATA drives
  • Up to 12 Gbps throughput per port
    • Supports 12, 6, or 3 Gbps SAS speeds
    • Supports 6 or 3 Gbps SATA speeds
  • Four external x4 HD Mini-SAS connectors (SFF-8644)
  • Support for external storage systems and tape backup units
  • High performance architecture with very deep queue depth
  • Advanced power management support
  • Support for SSP, SMP, STP, and SATA protocols
  • End-to-End CRC with Advanced Error Reporting
  • Spread Spectrum Clocking for EMI reductions
  • Supports 512e, 512n and 4K (when available) formatted drives
  • Compliant with Disk Data Format (DDF) configuration on disk (CoD).
  • S.M.A.R.T. support.
  • Configuration through
    • XClarity Provisioning Manager UEFI interface
    • XClarity Controller web interface
    • XClarity Administrator Configuration Patterns
    • StorCLI command-line interface
    • LSI Storage Authority (LSA) GUI interface
    • UEFI Human Interface Infrastructure (HII)

The specifications of the adapters are listed in the following table.

Table 2. Specifications
Feature 440-16e
Adapter type HBA
Part number 4Y37A09724
Controller chip Broadcom SAS3816
Broadcom equivalent HBA 9500-16e
Host interface PCIe 4.0 x8
Port interface 12 Gb SAS
Number of ports 16
Port connectors 4x Mini-SAS HD SFF8644
Drive interface SAS/SATA
Drive type HDD/SSD/SED*
Hot-swap drives Yes
Max devices 1024
RAID levels None
JBOD mode Yes
Cache None
CacheVault cache protection None
Performance Accelerator (FastPath) No
SSD Caching (CacheCade Pro 2.0) No
SED support Yes*

* SED support is by using software on the server (SED commands are passed through the HBA to the drives).

To compare the 440 HBA to other external adapters, see the Lenovo ThinkSystem RAID Adapter and HBA Reference

Server support

The following tables list the ThinkSystem servers that are compatible.

Table 3. ThinkSystem server support (Part 1)
Part number Description Intel 2S AMD
ST550 (7X09/7X10)
SR530 (7X07/7X08)
SR550 (7X03/7X04)
SR570 (7Y02/7Y03)
SR590 (7X98/7X99)
SR630 (7X01/7X02)
SR650 (7X05/7X06)
SR670 (7Y36/37/38)
SR635 (7Y98/7Y99)
SR655 (7Y00/7Z01)
SR645 (7D2Y/7D2X)
SR665 (7D2W/7D2V)
4Y37A09724 ThinkSystem 440-16e SAS/SATA PCIe Gen4 12Gb HBA N N N N N N N N N N N Y
Table 4. ThinkSystem server support (Part 2)
Part number Description E 1S Intel 4S Intel Dense/ Blade
SE350 (7Z46/7D1X)
ST50 (7Y48/7Y50)
ST250 (7Y45/7Y46)
SR150 (7Y54)
SR250 (7Y51/7Y52)
SR850 (7X18/7X19)
SR850P (7D2F/2D2G)
SR860 (7X69/7X70)
SR950 (7X11/12/13)
SD530 (7X21)
SD650 (7X58)
SN550 (7X16)
SN850 (7X15)
4Y37A09724 ThinkSystem 440-16e SAS/SATA PCIe Gen4 12Gb HBA N N N N N N N N N N N N N

Drive enclosure support

The HBAs support the following 12 Gbps SAS external drive enclosures:

  • Lenovo Storage D1212
  • Lenovo Storage D1224
  • Lenovo Storage D3284

For details about the D1212 and D1224​, see the product guide:

For details about D3284, see the product guide:

Storage system support

The HBAs support connectivity to the following SAS storage systems:

  • Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series

For details about these storage systems, see the relevant product guide:

Tape backup units

The 440-16e SAS/SATA 12Gb HBAs support connectivity to external tape drives and autoloaders.

The following table lists the available external SAS tape backup options.

Tip: Verify the end-to-end support of an IBM tape backup solution through the IBM System Storage Interoperation Center (SSIC): http://www.ibm.com/systems/support/storage/ssic

Table 5. External SAS backup options
Part number Description
External SAS tape backup drives
6160S6E IBM TS2260 Tape Drive Model H6S
6160S7E IBM TS2270 Tape Drive Model H7S
6160S8E IBM TS2280 Tape Drive Model H8S
External SAS tape backup autoloaders
6171S6R IBM TS2900 Tape Autoloader w/LTO6 HH SAS
6171S7R IBM TS2900 Tape Autoloader w/LTO7 HH SAS
6171S8R IBM TS2900 Tape Autoloader w/LTO8 HH SAS
External tape backup libraries
6741A1F IBM TS4300 3U Tape Library-Base Unit
SAS backup drives for TS4300 Tape Library
01KP934 LTO 6 HH SAS Drive
01KP937 LTO 7 HH SAS Drive
01KP953 LTO 8 HH SAS Drive

For more information, see the list of Product Guides in the Backup units category:

Operating system support

The following table lists the supported operating systems.

Tip: The table is automatically generated based on data from Lenovo ServerProven.

Table 6. Operating system support for ThinkSystem 440-16e SAS/SATA PCIe Gen4 12Gb HBA, 4Y37A09724
Operating systems
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Y
Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1 Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP5 Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP5 with Xen Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP1 Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP1 with Xen Y
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.7 U3 Y
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 7.0 Y


The adapters carry a 1-year limited warranty. When installed in a supported ThinkSystem server, the adapters assume the server’s base warranty and any warranty service upgrade.

Operating environment

The adapters are supported in the following environment:

  • Operating:
    • Temperature: 10°C to 55°C (50°F to 131°F)
    • Relative humidity: 20% to 90% (non-condensing)
  • Storage
    • Temperature with package: -40°C to 70°C (-40°F to 158°F)
    • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% (non-condensing)

Agency approvals

The adapters have the following agency approvals:

  • FCC Part 15 Class A
  • Australia/New Zealand (AS/NZS CISPR 22)
  • Canada (ICES-003 Class B)
  • Europe (EN55022/EN55024)
  • Japan (VCCI V-3)
  • Korea (RRA no 2013-24 & 25)
  • RoHS compliant
  • EN/IEC/UL 60950
  • Taiwan (CNS 13438)
  • USA (FCC 47 CFR part 15 Subpart B class B)
  • WEEE

Related product families

Product families related to this document are the following:


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