Power Electronics

Shield-less AirMax VS2TM Connector

FCI has developed a more advanced version of its AirMax VS® (virtual shield) connector system that sets new industry benchmark in terms of cost/performance ratio for 12.5 Gb/s data rate applications.

For nearly a decade, the award-winning AirMax VS connector system has been widely adopted in numerous telecom, networking, server and storage platforms up to 12.5 Gb/s data rate. In addition, the recently introduced AirMax VSe® provides an upgrade path towards 25 Gb/s for those who are willing to leverage their existing AirMax assets.

The AirMax VS2TM as a new industry benchmark for 12.5 Gb/s applications. AirMax VS2 leverages the signal integrity (SI) and mechanical improvements and innovations brought by AirMax VSe, retains a full drop-in and mating compatibility with AirMax VS, and provides a more competitive cost position for users.

In particular, AirMax VS2 brings the following improvements over AirMax VS:

  • Better signal integrity at 12.5 Gb/s with IEEE 802.3ap compliance and significant headroom
  • Better mechanical rigidity with wider IMLA wafers and longer engaging slots
  • Easier automated application with Flat Rock application tools and "Eye of Needle" (EON) true position
  • Better density and lower complexity through integrated guiding pins and power contacts

The AirMax VS2 has an identical footprint to AirMax VS connectors, making it compatible with existing board layouts. The open pin field design preserves critical pin assignments in existing AirMax VS designs, providing opportunities for cost savings as new or upgraded equipment is deployed.

The new AirMax VS2 will become progressively available in mass production quantities for 3, 4, 5 and 6 pair configurations during the first half of 2013. Production samples for 3 pairs and 4 pairs will be available in early December 2012.

Part Number: AirMax VS

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