Samtec Demonstrates High-Speed Serial Channels Operating at 25.78 Gbps Error Free Using Xilinx Virtex UltraScale FPGA

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In an industry where routing 25 Gbps+ data rates on PCBs remains a challenge, industry leaders are collaborating to demonstrate that high-speed serial channels can operate error free.

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As an increasing number of ICs support data rates up to 28Gbps and beyond, Samtec’s FireFly™ Micro Flyover System™ provides engineers a proven and tested mid-board interconnect solution.

In an industry where routing 25 Gbps+ data rates on PCBs remains a challenge, industry leaders are collaborating to demonstrate that high-speed serial channels can operate error free. In collaboration with Xilinx, Samtec created a loop-back demonstration using Samtec’s FireFly™ Micro Flyover System™ and the Xilinx Virtex® UltraScale™ FPGA running at 25 Gbps+. The collaboration for the loop-back demonstration using FireFly™ and the Xilinx Virtex UltraScale FPGA leverages the Serial I/O Analyzer for UltraScale GTY Transceivers found within Xilinx’s Vivado Design Suite. Using this tool, Samtec and Xilinx were able to successfully demonstrate four consecutive high-speed serial channels operating at 25.78 Gbps simultaneously error free in a lab setting.

Routing the datapath for these large data rates on PCBs remains a challenge due to signal integrity issues associated with long trace lengths. Samtec’s FireFly™ Micro Flyover System™ was developed for system architects and PCBs designers who are adopting various fiber optic solutions to route signals over PCBs instead of through them. FireFly™ is the first interconnect system that gives designers a choice of using either micro footprint optical or copper interconnects at data rates up to 28 Gbps. This enables an upgrade path from electrical to optical FireFly using the same PCB connector system.

“As an increasing number of ICs support data rates up to 28Gbps and beyond, Samtec’s FireFly™ Micro Flyover System™ provides engineers a proven and tested mid-board interconnect solution,” Matt Burns, Technical Marketing Manager at Samtec, said. “FireFly™ offers unparalleled flexibility with either copper or active optical cable assembly options while leveraging the same PCB connector footprint. Samtec’s cable and optical product specialists can identify the right solution for any customer.”

Samtec and their partners are developing multiple solutions demonstrating the high-speed capabilities of the FireFly™ Micro Flyover System™. In 2016, Samtec will be releasing other FireFly™ solutions operating at data rates up to 28 Gbps. To learn more about these developments, please sign-up for the Samtec blog.

About Samtec, Inc.
Founded in 1976 and headquartered in New Albany, IN, Samtec, Inc. is a privately held, debt-free $625 million global manufacturer of a broad line of electronic interconnect solutions, including IC-to-Board/Ultra Micro, High Speed Board-to-Board, High Speed Cables, Future-Proof/Active Optics, Flexible Stacking, and Micro/Rugged components and cables. To meet the interconnect challenges of tomorrow and beyond, Samtec has developed Technology Centers dedicated to developing and advancing technologies and products that provide both performance and cost benefits, ensuring complete system optimization from the bare die to an interface 100 meters away, and all interconnect points in between. With 33 locations in 18 different countries, including manufacturing facilities in New Albany, Colorado, Oregon, Costa Rica, China, Malaysia and Singapore, Samtec’s global presence enables its unmatched customer service.

Samtec, Inc.,
P.O. Box 1147
New Albany, IN 47151-1147
USA
Phone: 1-800-SAMTEC-9 (800-726-8329)
http://www.samtec.com

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