AirMax VS®, VS2™, VSe® Connectors

FCI's AirMax® product family offers a leading backplane solution for telecom, networking, server, and storage applications

Image of FCI's AirMax VS®, VS2™, VSe® ConnectorsThe AirMax VS connector is a scalable, inverse 2-piece backplane connector based upon an IMLA (Insert Molded Leadframe Assembly) design that can be used for differential pair signals, single ended signals, or power - all within the same IMLA. The column differential pairs demonstrate low insertion loss and low cross-talk to greater than 12.5 Gb/s. It is available in 3, 4, and 5 pair configurations. The "VS" in the AirMax VS connector stands for "Virtual Shield" as this unique connector design requires no interleaving shields. The elimination of these shields results in lower cost and weight. The end result for customers is that they can design their present systems for 2.5 Gb/s to 6.25 Gb/s and have the system grow to over 12 Gb/s without having to perform a costly redesign to their basic platform.

AirMax VS2 connectors provide a migration path for AirMax VS for speeds up to 12.5 Gb/s fully compliant with IEEE 802.3ap with the flexibility of an open pin field design. The connectors leverage AirMax VS and AirMax VSe design features and technology to achieve improved signal integrity and mechanical attributes compared to AirMax VS connectors. Optimization of materials and manufacturing processes further contribute to improved price/performance.

Next-generation AirMax VSe connectors provide a migration path for up to 25 Gb/s per differential pair with the flexibility of an open pin field design. The connectors also feature backwards mating-compatible interfaces to existing AirMax VS connectors with minimal changes to connector footprints. The connectors combine FCI technologies for a shield-less design with no metallic plates and closely edge-coupled differential pairs with innovative design improvements to yield low loss and crosstalk. Right-angle receptacles and right-angle headers will support backplane, midplane, coplanar or orthogonal midplane applications. The mating-compatible interfaces and capability to preserve critical pin assignments can provide opportunities for cost savings as new or upgraded equipment is deployed. For example, a backplane or chassis can be designed to allow the installation and continued use of legacy daughter cards, line cards or blades that are already in the field, as well as new or future higher-speed module cards.

AirMax VS® Features AIRMAX VS2™ Features AirMax VSe® Features
  • HM equipment practice
  • Vertical receptacle on backplane
  • R/A header on daughter card
  • R/A header on R/A receptacle - Coplanar
  • Compliant press fit 0.6 drill PTH
  • No shields
    • Impedance control
    • Low cost
    • Reduced weight
    • Versatility - IMLA spacing can be varied without impact to impedance
    • Flexible PCB routing
  • High density - 150 position connector
    • 63 pairs per inch, 25 mm on 100" slot centers
    • 57 pairs per inch with side walls
  • Provides AirMax® system migration path for up to 12.5 Gb/s per differential pair
  • FCI technologies for a shield-less design with no metallic plates and closely edge-coupled differential pairs combined with innovative design improvements yield low loss and crosstalk
  • Mating-compatible to both AirMax VS and AirMax VSe connectors with no changes to connector PCB footprints
  • Maintains the pin assignment flexibility of the AirMax® open pin field design
  • Connectors with 3, 4, or 5 signal pairs/column will enable backplane or coplanar applications
  • Provides AirMax® system migration path for up to 25 Gb/s per differential pair
  • FCI technologies for a shield-less design with no metallic plates and closely edge-coupled differential pairs combined with innovative design improvements yield low loss and crosstalk
  • Fully backwards mating-compatible interfaces to existing AirMax VS connectors with minimal changes to connector PCB footprints
  • Maintains pin assignment flexibility of AirMax VS open pin field design
  • Connectors with 3, 4, or 5 signal pairs/column will enable backplane or coplanar applications
Applications
  • Switches
  • Routers
  • Optical transport
  • Wireless infrastructure
  • Servers
  • External storage systems
  • Supercomputers
Airmax VS
ImageManufacturer Part NumberDescriptionAvailable QuantityBuy Now
CONN ACCY 7.2MM GUIDE MOD RT ANG10037909-101LFCONN ACCY 7.2MM GUIDE MOD RT ANG775 - Immediate
CONN RECEPT 54POS 2MM VERT PCB10043546-101LFCONN RECEPT 54POS 2MM VERT PCB1255 - Immediate
CONN RECEPT POWER 4POS VERT PCB10028916-4555P00LFCONN RECEPT POWER 4POS VERT PCB1888 - Immediate
CONN ACCY 10.7MM GUIDE MOD R/A10037912-101LFCONN ACCY 10.7MM GUIDE MOD R/A412 - Immediate
CONN HEADER PWR 4POS 2MM R/A PCB10028917-001LFCONN HEADER PWR 4POS 2MM R/A PCB406 - Immediate
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Airmax VS2
ImageManufacturer Part NumberDescriptionAvailable QuantityBuy Now
AIRMAX VS2 4PAIR 10IMLA10122655-101LFAIRMAX VS2 4PAIR 10IMLA125 - Immediate
AIRMAX VS2 5P 10I RAR SP10123422-101LFAIRMAX VS2 5P 10I RAR SP435 - Immediate
AIRMAX VS2 3PAIR 6IMLA R10123420-101LFAIRMAX VS2 3PAIR 6IMLA R288 - Immediate
VS2 3PAIR 6IMLA RAH10123543-101LFVS2 3PAIR 6IMLA RAH101 - Immediate
AIRMAX VS2 3PAIR 6IMLA R10122643-101LFAIRMAX VS2 3PAIR 6IMLA R185 - Immediate
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Airmax VSe
ImageManufacturer Part NumberDescriptionAvailable QuantityBuy Now
AIRMAX VSE 3PAIR 6IMLA R10115910-101LFAIRMAX VSE 3PAIR 6IMLA R286 - Immediate
AIRMAX VSE 5PAIR 10IMLA10120009-101LFAIRMAX VSE 5PAIR 10IMLA407 - Immediate
3PVH 6IMLA 2MM SPF10116601-101LF3PVH 6IMLA 2MM SPF280 - Immediate
4PVH 10IMLA SMALL PF10117992-101LF4PVH 10IMLA SMALL PF150 - Immediate
5PVH 10IMLA 2MM SPF10116602-101LF5PVH 10IMLA 2MM SPF183 - Immediate
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Published: 2014-06-26