FireHawk™ Rugged Optical Transceivers Evaluation Kits

FireHawk™ Rugged Optical Transceivers Evaluation Kits

Test platforms for real-time evaluation of FireHawk Ruggedized Optical Transceivers.


As data rates increase, trace lengths on PCBs decrease. Samtec’s Flyover® solutions simplify PCB design and limit signal degradation in high data rate applications. Samtec’s FireHawk rugged optical transceivers combine extreme density with extreme performance to meet the harshest environments of land, sea, air, and space.

Samtec’s FireHawk Evaluation Kits provide system designers, optical and SI engineers an easy-to-use solution for testing a variety of FireHawk rugged optical transceivers. Rated at 10 Gbps and 25 Gbps per lane in a x4 configuration, these kits allow the designer real-time evaluation of an actively running FireHawk rugged optical transceiver in a lab or benchtop setting.

FireHawk Evaluation Kit options include:

Kit Name Samtec Kit PN Ultra Communications Kit PN Applications
FireHawk CSSO 10 Gbps Evaluation Kit REF-230448-01 X80S-0103-EVK-003 Space
FireHawk CSPO 10 Gbps Evaluation Kit REF-230449-01 X80SC-0102-EVK-003 Mil/Aero

FireHawk Evaluation Kits deliver high-quality systems with robust optical, electrical, and mechanical design. Please contact Samtec’s technical experts at [email protected] for additional information.

Product Brief

FireHawk™ Kit Product Brief

FireHawk Application Design Guide

FireHawk™ Evaluation Kit
Samtec Part No. REF-230449-01 Pictured


  • Single PCB system with compact form factor
  • Routes high-speed differential pairs from FireHawk rugged optical transceiver to high-precision RF connectors
  • Controlled through I2C or RS-232 serial connection
  • Control software with GUI provides direct access to transceiver registers
  • MPO fiber connection (12-inch fiber ribbon, MTP®)
  • Single 3.3 V supply (provided)
  • Enable system-level measurements via direct connection to benchtop test equipment
  • MTP® is a registered trademark of US Conec Ltd.


  • Evaluation of FireHawk rugged optical transceivers
  • Fixed/rotary-wing airframes
  • Commercial and mil-grade avionics
  • Radar
  • Vision systems
  • Communications networks
  • Surveillance and reconnaissance sensors
  • Space-grade applications

Ordering Information

Contact [email protected] for additional ordering information.


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