Airmax VS® Connectors for CompactPCI® Serial Systems

AirMax VS® high speed signal connectors from AFCI meet the dimensional and electrical requirements described in the CompactPCI® Serial (PICMG CPCI-s.0) Specification developed by the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG). Connections between a front system or peripheral board and backplane are accomplished using right-angle headers and vertical receptacles. The interface to a rear I/O board uses right-angle receptacles and vertical headers. The open pin field design of AirMax VS® signal connectors provides flexibility to use pins for differential or single-ended signals, ground or power.

The CompactPCI® Serial Specification moves Compact PCI architecture to high-speed serial interconnects to add greater support for serial point to point fabrics like PCI Express®, SATA, Ethernet and USB in the classic CompactPCI form factor with mechanics fully compliant to IEC 1101. The specification contains definitions for both system and peripheral slots in 3U and 6U board sizes and also allows hybrid systems integrating legacy CompactPCI boards and newer CompactPCI Serial boards to simplify the migration to serial interconnect technologies.


Industrial & Instrumentation
  • Industrial computing and storage systems`
  • Industrial automation, control and monitoring equipment
  • Data acquisition equipment Instrumentation
  • Simulation and test equipment
  • Surveillance systems
  • Medical equipment
  • High speed / high bandwidth data communication applications
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Features & Benefits


Meet the mechanical and electrical requirements of the CompactPCI Serial Specification
Support PCI Express, SATA/SAS, USB 2.0/3.0 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet high-speed serial interfaces
AFCI technologies for shield-less design with no metallic plates and closely coupled differential pairs deliver low loss and crosstalk
Signal density of up to 184 pin pairs (on 3U) with serial data rates up to 12.5 Gb/s
Opposed dual-beam receptacle contact structure provides high reliability
Open pin field design provides flexibility to use pins for differential or single-ended signals, ground or power
Compatible with Hard Metric equipment design practice
Halogen free products aid efforts to minimize the use of environmentally sensitive materials in the electronics industry
Lead-Free and RoHS compliant
For more information on the following technical documents, please send your request by submitting the Request Form:
Capability matrix
Electrical model
Qualification report
SI report
Test report