Simplifies the evaluation and development of Samtec’s FireFly optical engines

By Gina Roos,

Samtec has launched two new FireFly FMC+ Development Kits as
evaluation and development platforms for the company’s FireFly optical engines.
One dev kit supports data rates of 25 Gbits/s per channel while the second runs
at 28 Gbits/s per channel.

The 25/28 Gbits/s FireFly FMC+ modules provide up to
400/448 Gbits/s full-duplex bandwidth over up to 16 channels from any FPGA/SoC that
supports the VITA 57.4 interface to an industry-standard multi-mode fiber optic
cable. The kits support several protocols including Ethernet, InfiniBand, Fibre
Channel and Aurora typically used in video, mil/aero, embedded computing,
instrumentation, HPC and datacenter applications.

FireFly optical engines make the electrical to
optical conversion in the transmit path and the optical to electrical
conversion in the receive path,” said Samtec. They support cable lengths up to
100 m.


“Evaluating 100 Gbits/s and 112 Gbits/s optical engine
technology has high barriers of entry,” said Matt Burns, product marketing manager
at Samtec, Inc., in a statement. “Samtec’s new FireFly FMC+ Development Kits
simplify the evaluation and development of FireFly technology by using the
emerging FMC+ interface typical of high-performance FPGA/SoC development

Both kits can run system data or BERT testing from a single
channel to all sixteen channels in parallel. Technical documentation and FPGA
reference designs are available. For more information, download the Product Brief or
for immediate technical support contact Samtec’s applications experts at