FCI’s AirMax VS® and ZipLine® high-performance connector systems also provide support for high-speed connections between coplanar boards. Right-angle receptacle and header connectors enable coplanar card extender applications or Zone 3 connections between a front board and rear transition module in ATCA® systems.
The offering provides flexibility in the number of differential pairs per column to address signal density, connector profile or airflow requirements. AirMax VS connectors configured with 15 contacts (5 differential pairs) per column and 2mm column spacing provide 63.5 differential pairs per inch within 25mm card slot pitch. Lower-profile options provide 12 contacts (4 pairs) or 9 contacts (3 pairs) per column and allow the designer to achieve card slot pitch of 20mm, or less.
ZipLine® signal modules with 18 contacts (6 differential pairs) per column provide even more signal density with 84.6 differential pairs per linear inch (33 pairs/cm) in 27mm card slot spacing.