Industry Standards

In the Standards world, specifications are categorized to three ascending levels: Corporate, De Facto, and Industry Standard. Corporate Standards are achieved when design elements are adopted company-wide. De Facto Standards often grow out of a Corporate Standard to act as a solution in a common industry (like using micro-USB in Android phones).

Industry Standards are formal specifications produced by a body of participants assembled to narrow variations on a precise application. The purpose is improved compatibility, performance, and efficiency. Achieving these goals requires consensus within a diverse group of participants, and as a result, greater research and time are necessary.

As a connector company, Samtec provides products that interact with many types of hardware and software. This drives our need to adhere to a variety of Industry Standards. The majority of Industry Standards we engage address:

  • Transmission protocols (primarily software & firmware defining machine language to allow communication)
  • Hardware (physical electro-mechanical devices)
  • Interconnection (cables & connectors)
  • Sub-systems (typically daughter or carrier cards which include functional compliance specifications defining electro-mechanicals & mechanicals)

Computing Systems, Subsystems, and Components

This section is focused on Standards addressing a wide array of computing-related applications. In order to achieve optimal data rates, embedded computing systems rely on modern interconnection architecture. Samtec offers a variety of high-speed interconnect solutions to satisfy these requirements.

Group Standards
ALTERA HSMC
PC/104 PC/104
PC/104-Plus
PCI/104-Express
PCIe/104
EBX
EBX Express
EPIC
EPIC Express
PISMO Pismo 1
Pismo 2
SFF-SIG SUMIT
VITA VITA 42 XMC
VITA 57.1 FMC
VITA 57.4 FMC+
VITA 74 VNX

Signal Transmission and I/O

Transmission protocols are at the core of today's most popular Standards to enable communication between integral processors. A wide range of supporting I/O subsystems extend the boundary to include external devices. Together, protocols and I/O ensure reliable transmission, which is critical to today's computing systems.

Group Standards
SMPTE 12G SDI
IEEE PCI Express
MSA SFP, SFP+, QSFP
SATA-IO SATA
USB USB-High-Speed
USB-SuperSpeed

Test, Debug, and Programming

The process of testing, debugging and programming can vary from relatively simple operations to complex data analysis. To aid in these endeavors, various physical Standards have been defined to provide high processing power and compatibility while maintaining minimal board real-estate and pin-outs.

Group Standards
ARM HSSTP
JTAG IEEE 1149.1
Nexus 5001 Forum IEEE-ITSO 5001-2012
Power.org HSSTP

Silicon Development

Developers are well aware of the ever-evolving demands of designing silicon-based platforms. Most face the challenge of balancing increased performance requirements with common concerns such as size, power consumption, time-to-market and cost. A popular solution is utilizing FPGA technology as a substitute for proprietary silicon. Samtec supports the silicon industry which enables end users to take their product goals to the next level.


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