AirMax VS®, VS2™, VSe® Connectors


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

The 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.

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AirMax VS® 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
AIRMAX VS2™ Features
  • 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
AirMax VSe® Features
  • 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®

Manufacturer Part Number Description Available Quantity Datasheets
10016537-101LF CONN RECEPT 150POS 2MM VERT PCB 123
10025613-101LF CONN HEADER 150POS 2MM R/A PCB 205
10028916-4555P00LF CONN RECEPT POWER 4POS VERT PCB 1608
10028917-001LF CONN HEADER PWR 4POS 2MM R/A PCB 268
10034249-101LF CONN HEADER 90POS 2MM R/A PCB 251
10034251-101LF CONN RECEPT 90POS 2MM VERT PCB 530
10034475-101LF CONN RECEPT 150POS 2MM R/A PCB 311
10035146-101LF CONN RECEPT 150POS 3MM VERT PCB 339
10037324-101LF CONN HEADER 150POS 3MM R/A PCB 128
10037908-101LF CONN ACCY 7.2MM GUIDE BLADE EXT 442
10037909-101LF CONN ACCY 7.2MM GUIDE MOD RT ANG 930
10037912-101LF CONN ACCY 10.7MM GUIDE MOD R/A 0
10039851-101LF CONN HEADER 54POS 2MM R/A PCB 519
10043546-101LF CONN RECEPT 54POS 2MM VERT PCB 400
10044314-101LF CONN ACCY 7.2MM GUIDE BLADE CO 576
10052620-4444P00LF CONN RECEPT POWER 4POS R/A PCB 366
10028264-101LF CONN RCPT 120POS 2MM VERT PCB 634
10028436-101LF CONN HEADER 120POS 2MM R/A PCB 713
10053656-101LF CONN RCPT AIRMAX 54POS 2MM R/A 167
10059957-1071LF CONN HEADER 150POS 3MM VERT PCB 393
10052824-101LF CONN HDR 72POS 2MM R/A PCB 125
10028916-4444P00LF CONN RECEPT POWER 4POS VERT PCB 606
10052829-101LF CONN RECEPT 72POS 2MM VERT PCB 386
10037910-101LF 10.8MM GUIDE PIN EXT THR 497
10028918-001LF POWER 2X2 358
10037911-103LF 10.8MM GUIDE PIN INT THR 455

Airmax VS2™

Manufacturer Part Number Description Available Quantity Datasheets
10122643-101LF AIRMAX VS2 3PAIR 6IMLA R 200
10122655-101LF AIRMAX VS2 4PAIR 10IMLA 158
10122665-101LF AIRMAX VS2 5P 10 IMLA RA 50
10123420-101LF AIRMAX VS2 3PAIR 6IMLA R 270
10123421-101LF AIRMAX VS2 4PAIR 10IMLA 100
10123422-101LF AIRMAX VS2 5P 10I RAR SP 47
10123543-101LF VS2 3PAIR 6IMLA RAH 200

Airmax VSe®

Manufacturer Part Number Description Available Quantity Datasheets
10115910-101LF AIRMAX VSE 3PAIR 6IMLA R 38
10115911-101LF AIRMAX VSE 4PAIR 10IMLA 113
10115913-101LF AIRMAX VSE 5PAIR 10IMLA 50
10116601-101LF 3PVH 6IMLA 2MM SPF 384
10116602-101LF 5PVH 10IMLA 2MM SPF 203
10117992-101LF 4PVH 10IMLA SMALL PF 174
10119886-101LF AIRMAX VSE 3PAIR 6IMLA H 123
10120001-101LF AIRMAX VSE 4PAIR 10IMLA 50
10120009-101LF AIRMAX VSE 5PAIR 10IMLA 50