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.

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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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