Development Kits Support Popular Optical Engines offer easy-to-use evaluation platforms

Samtec introduces two FireFly FMC+ Development Kits. The first supports data rates of 25 Gb/s per channel while the second runs at 28 Gb/s per channel. Both offer easy-to-use evaluation and development platforms for the company’s FireFly optical engines. The FMC+ Modules provide up to 400 and 448 Gb/s full-duplex bandwidth, respectively, over as many as 16 channels from an FPGA/SoC to an industry-standard multi-mode fiber optic cable.

The kits support protocols including Ethernet, InfiniBand, Fibre Channel and Aurora typically found in Video, Mil/Aero, Embedded Computing, Instrumentation, HPC and Data Center applications. FireFly optical engines make the electrical to optical conversion in the transmit path and the optical to electrical conversion in the receive path. They are based on proven MultiMode optics and support cable lengths up to 100 m.

As a VITA 57.4-compliant FMC+ Module, the kits can be used for optical data communication on any FPGA/SoC development platform that supports the VITA 57.4 interface. Both kits can run system data or BERT testing from a single channel to all sixteen channels in parallel.