November 19, 2012
FCI, a leading manufacturer of connectors and interconnect systems, has developed a more advanced version of its AirMax VS (virtual shield) connector system that sets a 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 with up to 12.5 Gb/s data rates. 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.
FCI has now introduced AirMax VS2 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.
Other improvements over AirMax VS include:
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 from FCI sales representatives.
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