High-Performance Optics for Next Gen Speeds

Samtec helps address the challenges of next generation data rate requirements with industry-leading expertise and full system optimization support, including a vast library of development platforms and evaluation kits. Samtec Optical Group provides design, development and application support for high-performance micro optics, PCIe®-Over-Fiber and Silicon Photonics solutions that are scalable, manufacturable, and cost-efficient for 56+ Gbps applications.
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Overview

FireFly™ Micro Flyover System™

High-performance, future-proof system enables data rates to 28 Gbps (roadmap to 56+ Gbps) and/or greater distances by flying data over lossy PCB materials. The design enhances signal integrity and architectural flexibility, while an ultra micro footprint enables industry-leading density.

High-Performance Micro Optical Engine Technology

Standard & Custom Applications

Samtec’s micro optical engine and high-speed cable expertise, along with a multitude of heat sink and End 2 connector options, enables cost-effective, high-performance solutions for applications including 12G-SDI broadcast video, data center and HPC protocols (e.g. Ethernet).

Solutions for Standard & Custom Applications

PCIe®-Over-Fiber Assemblies

Optical cable system transmits PCIe® signals at Gen 3 data transfer rates through FireFly™ optical up to 100 meters. The cable assembly and optional adaptor card support PCIe® protocol for delivering high data rates, low latency, power savings and guaranteed transmission.

PCIe®-Over-Fiber Optical Assembly and Adaptor Card

Development Platforms

FireFly™ 25 / 28 Gbps FMC+ Development Kit

  • FireFly™ optical engines provide adjustable power levels to support cable lengths up to 100 meters
  • Kit supports Data Center, HPC and FPGA-to-FPGA protocols including Ethernet, InfiniBand™, Fibre Channel and Aurora
  • Provides up to 400 / 448 Gbps full-duplex bandwidth over up to 16 channels from an FPGA to an industry-standard multi-mode fiber optic cable
  • The module can be used for optical data communication on any FPGA development board supporting high-speed multi-gigabit transceivers; it can also run system data or BERT testing on all channels in parallel, making evaluation and development with an FPGA much easier
  • For additional details contact firefly@samtec.com or visit samtec.com/25g-28g-firefly-fmcp.
FireFly™ 28 Gbps FMC+ Development Kit

FireFly™ 14 Gbps FMC Development Kit

  • FireFly™ optical engines provide adjustable power levels to support cable lengths up to 100 meters
  • Kit supports Data Center, HPC and FPGA-to-FPGA protocols including Ethernet, InfiniBand™, Fibre Channel and Aurora
  • Provides up to 140 Gbps full-duplex bandwidth over 10 channels from an FPGA to an industry-standard multi-mode fiber optic cable
  • As a VITA 57.1 FMC module, the 14 Gbps kit can run actual system data or BERT testing on all channels at the same time, making evaluation with a specific FPGA much easier
  • For additional details contact firefly@samtec.com or visit: samtec.com/14g-firefly-fmc.
FireFly™ 14 Gbps FMC Development Kit

FireFly™ Test Kit

  • The FireFly™ test kit allows designers real-time evaluation of an actively running copper or optical FireFly™ system in their own lab, using their own inputs
  • Rated up to 25 Gbps
  • Bulls Eye® test point system allows connection to test equipment
  • Go to samtec.com?fik-firefly-xx for additional details
FireFly™ Test Kit

PCIe®-Over-Fiber Adaptor Card

  • Features Samtec’s PCIe®-Over-Fiber optical cable solution
  • Supports Gen 3 platform; Gen 4 in development
  • Delivers high data transfer rates with low latency, power management and guaranteed transmission
  • Scalable configurations for cost optimized performance: x4 single, dual or quad, x8 single or dual, and x16 single
  • Enables clear signal transmission with increased reach and cost optimization
  • For additional details contact firefly@samtec.com or visit samtec.com?pcoa.
PCIe®-Over-Fiber Adaptor Card

Families

Firefly™ Micro Flyover System™FireFly™ Micro Flyover System™

Future-proof system with interchangeability of FireFly™ copper and optical using the same micro connector system for up to 28 Gbps per lane.

Features
  • High-speed performance to 28 Gbps per lane
  • x4 and x12 designs
  • Variety of integral heat sink and End 2 options
  • Interchangeability of copper and optical
  • Micro rugged two-piece connector
  • Extended temperature and PCIe®-Over-Fiber solutions
Products
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  • ECUO
  • PCUO
  • ETUO
  • ECUE
  • PCUE
  • UEC5-1
  • UEC5-2
  • UCC8
  • PCOA
Firefly™ Micro Flyover System™

Passive Optical SystemsPassive Optical Systems

This passive optical system features a patch cable with MTP end options and a single or double port adaptor with keying options for proper alignment.

Features
  • MTP male or female end options
  • 12 or 24 fibers
  • 3, 10 and 100 meter standard cable lengths
  • 3.00 mm round jacketed cable
  • Single or double port adaptor
  • Keying options for proper alignment
Products
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  • FOPC
  • OPA
Passive Optical Systems

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