Data center interconnect
Making the right connections.

Meet the demands of next generation data centers with leading interconnect technology from 3M.

Interconnect solutions for high performing data centers.
  • Rising to the demands of ever-increasing data, IoT, and big data and the critical nature of what that data drives is no easy feat. Using science and innovation we bring next generation solutions in fiber optics and copper interconnect that are designed to drive speed, performance and design flexibility. 

    Expanded beam optical interconnect solutions from 3M are designed to deliver improved dust immunity and excellent optical performance. Scalable connector designs enable quick installment and deployment of multi-link systems, lowering operating costs and delivering greater design flexibility. Our copper high-speed twin axial cables and assemblies are resonance-free, thin and foldable solutions designed for the needs of next generation requirements.

    We bring decades of experience in interconnect solutions to the market segment. Our dedicated support team is here to provide specifications, drawings, 3D CAD models and more. Connect with us today so we can help you make the right connections in your data center.

Interconnect solutions that span your data center.

Connectivity solutions designed to consistently deliver a higher performing data center through advanced fiber optic and copper twin axial technology.

  • Engineered to help reduce the need for maintenance, cleaning and human interaction while providing exceptional performance our 3M™ Expanded Beam Optical Interconnect brings scalability and reliability to fiber optic connections. Our unique technology helps deliver:

    • Performance in multi-link deployments
    • Improved immunity to dust
    • Scalable connector design (12 fibers to 144 fibers)
  • 3M™ Twin Axial Cables are thin, foldable and virtually resonance-free up to at least 40GHz with bends and folds. For internal applications, as one of the thinnest available cables, 3M Twin Ax cables allow for more options in high-performance, dense servers. They are designed to offer cost savings by helping to avoid PCB upgrades and the need for repeaters. For external applications, our thin, lightweight, flexible cables help enable unique cable management solutions and simplified serviceability.

Data center fiber optic cable management: Thin, foldable, stackable cabling solutions from 3M
Speed meets agility.

3M™ External Twin Axial Cable compared to competitive cable.

High-speed performance technology

Thin, foldable and resonance-free cabling solutions for data center, high performance computing and other high-speed applications.

  • bendable, foldable cabling solution from 3M
    3M™ SlimLine Twin Axial Cable Assemblies

    A revolutionary bendable, foldable cabling solution ideal for tight spaces and transmitting signals over longer routes. The low profile of 3M™ SlimLine Twin Axial Cable Assemblies allow for a wider range of routing options due to the cable's thinness and ability to be folded with a hard crease, with no impact to signal integrity.

    • x4 and x8 configurations available
    • SFF-8654 straight and right angle varieties
    • Signal wire sizes of 30AWG and 31AWG
  • Twinax PCI Express Extender and Jumper Assemblies
    3M™ Twin Axial PCI Express Extender and Jumper Assemblies

    Meet demanding system performance and packaging challenges with the 3M PCI Express Extender and Jumper Assemblies. Gain flexibility with your PCIe card slots and the ability to relocate or bridge them without losing speed or performance.

    • PCIe 3.0
    • x4, x8 and x16 configurations available
    • High bandwidth and speeds up to 8 Gbps
  • Direct attach copper cable assemblies
    3M™ Cable Assemblies for External Applications

    Reach speeds up to 100 Gbps across a wide range of data center, high-performance computing and other high-speed applications with direct attach copper cable assemblies from 3M. Configurations available include SFP28, QSFP28, SFP+, QSFP+ and External miniSAS.

    • Signal wire sizes of 26AWG and 30AWG
    • RoHS 2011/65/EU compliant*
    • Custom EEPROM mapping available


  • *RoHS 2011/65/EU Compliant: the product or part ("Product") does not contain any of the substances in excess of the maximum concentration values ("MCVs") in EU Directive 2002/95/EC, as amended by Commission Decision 2005/618/EC, and/or in the recast RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU, Annex II, unless the substance is in an application that is exempt under the RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC, as amended, and/or under Annex III or Annex IV to the recast RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU. The MCVs are by weight in homogeneous materials.

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3M products for interconnect

  • Tools that help with design fabrication to ensure reliability and performance of your PC board and components.

  • Innovative low and high frequency cabling solutions to help save space and simplify assembly.

  • Ranges of cables in popular constructions, pitches and wire gauges compatible with 3M connectors.

  • Advanced shielded I/O solutions designed to meet industry standards.

  • All accessories related to interconnect including cable shielding, locator plates, strain relief and more.

  • Revolutionary ferrule design to help reduce dust sensitivity and need for frequent cleaning and maintenance.

  • Range of connectors in wiremount and boardmount configurations for high and low speed applications.

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  • The world does business at an ever increasing pace. Our always-on, highly integrated world requires businesses to operate faster, smarter and more efficiently. 3M connectors, Twin Axial cables, cable assemblies and other interconnect products are helping enable a new era of data center design.

  • Imagine a robot relying on camera feedback being unable to correctly place a component due to poor data transmission. Machines must have clear communication to operate an effective assembly line. Any signal loss or corruption of data can have significant impact on the manufacturing process, leading to defects, lower yields and assembly line down time.

    3M’s reliable interconnect solutions can help you design, modify and customize your product, as well as seamlessly integrate our products into your manufacturing process on a global basis. We offer a wide range of solutions including connectors, cable assemblies and assembly tooling.