Dev Kit Plays Matchmaker Between FPGAs And Fiber Optics

Samtec introduces its latest 1- Gbit/s FireFly FMC Development Kit that promises to be an easy-to-use evaluation and development platform for Samtec’s FireFly optical engines.


The 14 Gbit/s FireFly FMC module provides up to 140 Gbit/s full-duplex bandwidth over 10 channels from an FPGA to an industry-standard multi-mode fiber optic cable. The 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 100m.


As a VITA 57.1-compliant FMC, the kit is viable 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. For more information, checkout the 14 Gbit/s FireFly FMC Development Kit Product Brief


Samtec, Inc.,

New Albany, IN



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