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FCI's AirMax VS® Connector System Honored At DesignCon 2005

FCI, a leading developer of connectors and interconnect systems, received the International Engineering Consortium Design Vision Award during a special media reception at DesignCon 2005 Technology Exhibition. The revolutionary high-speed AirMax VS® backplane connector system was honored in the interconnect technologies and components product category for its unique shield-less design that exhibits excellent signal integrity and provides designers with flexibility in backplane signal routing and fabrication through the ability to vary column spacing.

The Design Vision Awards recognize technologies, applications, products and services judged to be the most innovative and beneficial to the industry. Finalists for the award are evaluated by industry experts and members of the media according to strict criteria and guidelines including uniqueness, market impact, customer benefits and value to society.

"We are extremely pleased to be recognized by the International Engineering Consortium. Receiving the award for AirMax VS® connectors further underscores our commitment to developing interconnect solutions for an ever evolving marketplace," said Steve Smith, Staff Signal Integrity Engineer. The success of the AirMax VS® connector system, which offers high speed computing and networking equipment designers more versatility in structuring their backplane signal routing, is attributable to the use of air as the dielectric between adjacent conductors and a design that does not require metal shields. The one-of-a-kind solution facilitates high signal density while exhibiting the industry's lowest insertion loss and lowest crosstalk, all without the use of costly and space-consuming metal shields.

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