Samtec proudly announces the release of the new 14 Gbps FireFly™ FMC Development Kit. This new solution offers an easy-to-use evaluation and development platform for Samtec’s FireFly™ optical engines.

The 14 Gbps FireFly™ FMC Module provides up to 140 Gbps full-duplex bandwidth over 10 channels from an FPGA to an industry-standard multi-mode fiber optic cable. Samtec’s 14 Gbps FireFly™ FMC Development Kit supports Data Center, High Performance Computing and FPGA-to-FPGA protocols including Ethernet, InfiniBand™, Fibre Channel and Aurora.

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 850 nm VCSEL array technology while featuring adjustable power levels to support cable lengths up to 100 m.

As a VITA 57.1-compliant FMC, Samtec’s 14 Gbps FireFly™ FMC Module can be used for optical data communication on any FMC-enabled FPGA development board supporting high-speed multi-gigabit transceivers. It can run system data or BERT testing from a single channel to all ten channels in parallel. Technical documentation and FPGA reference designs are available for quick start-up.

“Evaluating optical engine technology has high barriers of entry,” said Matt Burns, product marketing manager at Samtec, Inc. “Samtec’s new 14 Gbps FireFly™ FMC Development Kit eases FireFly™ evaluation and development by leveraging the FMC interface common on most industry-standard FPGA development tools.”

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