A collaboration between Samtec and PLDA provides a groundbreaking solution for PCIe 4.0 endpoint development by combining PLDA’s PCIe 4.0 hardware and IP with the Samtec’s PCUO PCIe Optical Flyover Cable Assembly. The PLDA PCIe 4.0 Platform Development Kit (PDK) is a complete development platform based on PLDA’s PCIe compliant XpressSWITCH IP and PLDA’s XpressRICH4™ controller IP for PCIe Gen4 technology running on a Xilinx® Virtex® UltraScale™ FPGA. This new product provides the first PCIe Gen3 x8 (upstream) to PCIe Gen 4 (downstream) Integration Backplane. By working with the PLDA Gen4SWITCH, early developers of PCIe 4.0 technology can be among the first to test PCIe Gen4 architecture for Endpoint/PHY/boards with their own software, designs and boards in a real system.
Samtec’s PCUO FireFly™ PCIe® Optical Micro Flyover Cable Assembly leverages MMF technology to support the PCIe Gen4 links of up to 100 m. Samtec FireFly™ solutions offer high-density, ease-of-routing and optimized signal integrity. The PCUO series features a x4 optical engine enabling aggregation for x8 and x16 PCIe® links. The PCUO also offers support for bidirectional reset and cable present sidebands for both transparent and NTB applications.