Samtec Inc. and REFLEX CES announced a embedded optical development platform at SC19. This new solutions combines the latest FPGA solutions from REFLEX CES with the FireFly™ Micro Flyover System™ from Samtec.

The Sargon Stratix® 10 FPGA FMC+ Instant Development Kit from REFLEX CES provides FPGA developers the best experience, combining compact hardware platform with the most efficient,easy to learn software environment.

Its install allows an immediate start, and its reference designs aim to enable fast turn-around designs, shortening and securing developments. Target markets include high performance computing and IP & ASIC prototyping.

Samtec’s 25/28 Gbps FireFly FMC+ Development Kit provides up to 448 Gbps full-duplex bandwidth over 16 channels from an FPGA to an industry-standard multi-mode fiber optic cable or optical loopbacks.

The FireFly optical engines can support cable lengths up to 100 m. The module supports data center, HPC and FPGA-to-FPGA protocols including Ethernet, InfiniBand, Fibre Channel and Aurora.

“The combination of FPGA expertise from REFLEX CES and optical connectivity from Samtec offers designers easy-to-use development platforms, “said Eric Penain, Chief Business Officer for REFLEX CES. “Our unique partnerships with the leading FPGA and interconnect vendors enable unique solutions in industries ranging from AI and FinTech to ASIC emulation and IP development.”

“Optical connectivity continues to grow inside and outside the data center,” said Matt Burns, Technical Marketing Manager for Samtec, Inc. “Samtec’s optical FireFly™ Micro Flyover System™ offers an ideal solution for mid-board optical connectivity in High Speed Communications, Mil/Aero, Medical Vision, FPGA emulation and a number of other applications”

The kits are available from REFLEX CES, Samtec and their authorized distributors. For more information, contact the technical experts at REFLEX CES ( or Samtec (