Mini-SAS HD Connectors

The Mini-SAS HD product is the next generation SAS storage interface addressing channel bandwidth requirements of 6Gb/s, 12Gb/s and 14Gb/s meeting or exceeding the respective SAS 2.1 and proposed SAS 3.0 specifications. The Mini-SAS HD product provides greater port density (11mm port-to-port) versus the existing MiniSAS 2.0 product (19.01mm port-to-port).

AFCI’s Mini-SAS HD product is fully compliant to the SFF- 8643 and SFF-8644 industry specifications. Internal and external connector configurations of the Mini-SAS HD product include 1X1 (4x), 1X2 (8x), and 1X4(16x) and enables 4x and 8x internal & external cable assembly solutions which include EEPROM communication.

The Mini-SAS HD profile design is PCI Express compatible and can be utilized in PCI Express architecture applications.


  • Servers
  • RAID systems
  • Storage racks
  • External Storage data systems
  • SAS/SATA HBA interfaces
  • Direct-attached storage (DAS)
  • Switches
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Features & Benefits


IMLA based board connector insures compliance to the SAS 2.1 & proposed 3.0 electrical performance criteria
Internal and external board connector and cable assemblies provide end-to-end application solutions
1X1, 1X2 and 1X4 connector/cage assemblies offer product family design flexibility
All board connectors and configurations are fully 6G and 12G compliant allowing for use of same part numbers when system speeds increase from 6G to 12G
Metal cages on the external connector and cables provide 360° EMI shielding and replaces problematic EMC elastomeric gaskets
Cable assemblies offered in 4x and 8x configurations
Eye-of-the-needle connector and cage single step termination yields consistent application to the PCB
The external cable strain relief results in an axial pull force in excess of 20lbs
Cable latch design reduces cable insertion force and un-mating issues
Pull tabs are available in multiple lengths in Pantone 279 color to meet many application needs
Positive stop feature on the casting prevents external cable assembly mating over-travel
Hybrid external cables (mini-SAS HD to mini-SAS) allow for backwards compatible cabling with legacy system hardware
For more information on the following technical documents, please send your request by submitting the Request Form:
Capability matrix
Electrical model
Qualification report
SI report
Test report