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VTAC Vertical Headers


VTAC Vertical Headers



VTAC, our premier high speed digital technology, is now available in vertical header configurations. Configuring the contacts in a compliant pin vertical header insert opens up a variety of new board-to-board configurations. The vertical header is capable of data transfer rates of 12.5 Gpbs per differential pair.

Ask a field application engineer how you can leverage VTAC inserts to create backplane connections, high speed PCB housings, mezzanine board systems, or extend systems using expansion cards.


Mezzanine Configurations

VTAC vertical headers' low profile makes them ideal for mezzanine connections. The compliant pins of each VTAC insert make installation in PCB simple and the low insertion force of the inserts make them easy to separate and service should a board ever fail.

  • Increases data transfer rates.
  • Improves signal integrity.
  • Reduces cable length.
  • Reclaims real estate in your ITA enclosures.

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Close up of mezzanine board connections




View of expansion card connection


Expansion Card Configurations

When designing complex systems, often times an expansion or accessory card is a great solution to build-in an easily upgradeable solution to future-proof a concept. VTAC's unisex connector design enables perpendicular board connections. The compatibility of VTAC right angle and vertical header inserts helps to create configurations where traditional expansion or accessory cards might be used, leaving room for systems' expansion in the future.

  • Compatible with VTAC PCB Adapters.
  • Creates a custom HSD solution that consolidates all your high speed signals.
  • Accepts expansion cards with VTAC to future-proof your systems.
  • Transfers at speeds greater than 10 Gbps per differential pair.


PCB Mounted Connectors

When a PCB board is a more economical solution to a discrete wired solution (such as in a production environment), being able to connect directly to a board may be the perfect solution. With VTAC vertical headers, our iSeries connectors can be mounted directly to the PCB. By loading the i2 MX receiver with VTAC pass-thru inserts, a quick-disconnect connection is created between the PCB and the VTAC-compatible module.

  • Enables direct connections inside ITAs.
  • Provides alternatives to discrete wired enclosures.


High Speed Test Fixturing

Diagnostic test fixtures have to show reliable and repeatable results. Our engineers use VTAC in their test fixtures to ensure that impedance is properly matched and that there is virtually no signal interference in a signal transmission. Using VTAC pass-thru inserts, test engineers can outfit any Mass InterConnect that accepts 90 Series modules to create robust, high cycle life test fixtures for desktop or rack and panel applications.

  • Brokers all test points through a single interface. Only a test interface to maintain.
  • Configures your interface with HSD alongside coax, signal, power, pneumatic, vacuum, and fiber.




Design Specifications

Even customers who do not require the speeds that VTAC offers are delighted with the signal integrity of VTAC contacts. Each of the VTAC contacts were designed to prevent impedance mismatch, mitigate crosstalk, and safeguard against insertion loss.

Modular and compact, the VTAC vertical header inserts enable design engineers to create excellent miniature PCB adapters to create complex, high speed systems without taking up resources.


Data Rate 12.5+ Gbps per differential pair
Crosstalk -30 dB min
Characteristic Impedance

100 +/- 10 ohms per differential pair

Operating Voltage and Current 3 amps maximum continuous (350V max)
Contact Resistance

30 mOhms maximum per mated contact

Insulation Resistance 1000 MOhms mininum
Dielectric Withstanding Voltage 1050 VDC rms mininum
Mating Force 16 oz maximum [454 g] per insert
Insert Material Outer Shell – Blue or Black LCP
Male Contact – Alloy 7025
Contact Plating 50µ" Au over 100µ" Ni
RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU Status Compliant
REACH Article 33 Status Compliant
ECHA Article 59 of Reach Regulation Compliant

Right Angle Applications

Multiple Protocols

Mix and match small modular boards to create your own solution. These plug-and-play PCB adapters provide flexibility and modularity where custom PCBs cannot. Move PCB adapters around to optimize space, mix protocols, and match with patchcords.

  • Specifies popular high speed protocols like: USB 3.0, Cat 6, Mini-SAS HD, SATA, DVI, HDMI, and more!
  • Combines your protocols in a SIM module, and we can create a single part number for your order.
  • Provides a plug-and-play solution that is delivered fully assembled.



Custom Board Configurations

Have a large program to satisfy? Need to duplicate many test fixtures? VPC can design custom high speed PCBs in-house to help deliver the same high quality products from a source you trust.

Cannot find a part number for the design you're looking for? Contact your Field Application Engineer today.




SIM PCB Adapter

Part Number Description
SIM Insert
610 151 103 High Speed Insert, Receiver/ITA, SIM, 50µ", VTAC HSD, Pass-Thru Insert
610 151 104 High Speed Insert, Receiver/ITA, SIM, 50µ", VTAC HSD, Right Angle Insert
610 151 106 High Speed Insert, Receiver/ITA, SIM, 50µ", Right Angle Insert and Pass-Thru Insert
610 151 107 High Speed Insert, Receiver/ITA, SIM, 50µ", VTAC HSD, Vertical Header Insert
610 151 108 High Speed Insert, Receiver/ITA, SIM, 50µ", VTAC HSD, Vertical Header Insert and Pass-Thru Insert
SIM Module
510 170 101 SIM Module, Receiver, 34 Position
510 171 101 SIM Module, ITA, 34 Position
Receiver High Speed PCB Adapters
510 170 103 PCB Adapter, Receiver, SIM, VTAC HSD, 34 Positions, to (6) USB 3.0
510 170 104 PCB Adapter, Receiver, SIM, VTAC HSD, 5 Positions, to (1) USB 3.0
510 170 105 PCB Adapter, Receiver, SIM, VTAC HSD, 6 Positions, to (1) Cat 6
510 170 107 PCB Adapter, Receiver, SIM, VTAC HSD, 14 Positions, to (1) MRJ21
510 170 108 PCB Adapter, Receiver, SIM, VTAC HSD, 14 Positions, to (1) 12x InfiniBand
510 170 109 PCB Adapter, Receiver, SIM, VTAC HSD, 11 Positions, to (2) Mini-SAS and (1) SMA FML
510 170 110 PCB Adapter, Receiver, SIM, VTAC HSD, 11 Positions, to (1) VHDCI
510 170 112 PCB Adapter, Receiver, SIM, VTAC HSD, 11 Positions, to (1) DVI-I
510 170 113 PCB Adapter, Receiver, SIM, VTAC HSD, 6 Positions, to (1) HDMI
510 170 114 PCB Adapter, Receiver, SIM, VTAC HSD, 34 Positions, to (2) USB 3.0 and (4) Cat 6
510 170 116 PCB Adapter, Receiver, SIM, VTAC HSD, 6 Positions, to (1) DisplayPort
ITA High Speed PCB Adapters
510 171 103 PCB Adapter, ITA, SIM, VTAC HSD, 34 Positions, to (6) USB 3.0
510 171 104 PCB Adapter, ITA, SIM, VTAC HSD, 5 Positions, to (1) USB 3.0
510 171 105 PCB Adapter, ITA, SIM, VTAC HSD, 6 Positions, to (1) Cat 6
510 171 107 PCB Adapter, ITA, SIM, VTAC HSD, 14 Positions, to (1) MRJ21
510 171 108 PCB Adapter, ITA, SIM, VTAC HSD, 14 Positions, to (1) 12x InfiniBand
510 171 109 PCB Adapter, ITA, SIM, VTAC HSD, 11 Positions, to (2) Mini-SAS and (1) SMA FML
510 171 110 PCB Adapter, ITA, SIM, VTAC HSD, 11 Positions, to (1) VHDCI
510 171 112 PCB Adapter, ITA, SIM, VTAC HSD, 11 Positions, to (1) DVI-I
510 171 113 PCB Adapter, ITA, SIM, VTAC HSD, 6 Positions, to (1) HDMI
510 171 114 PCB Adapter, ITA, SIM, VTAC HSD, 34 Positions, to (2) USB 3.0 and (4) Cat 6
510 171 116 PCB Adapter, ITA, SIM, VTAC HSD, 6 Positions, to (1) DisplayPort
SIM Insert Accessories
610 151 102 Blank Insert Kit, Receiver/ITA, SIM VTAC HSD, 10 Pieces
610 151 105 High Speed Insert, Receiver/ITA, SIM, 50µ", VTAC HSD, Retention Insert
Strain Relief Plate
510 109 598 Strain Relief Plate, Receiver/ITA, SIM Module, For PCB or Wired Solutions
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