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.