Characterization & Development Kits

From concept and prototype to development and production, Samtec-designed Characterization and Development Kits featuring high-speed interconnect solutions simplify design and reduce time to market for hobbyists, tinkerers, start-ups and OEMs alike.


SI Characterization Kits

Kit Name Description
FQSFP SI Characterization Kit (REF-200471-X.XX-01)  

SI test platform for characterizing FQSFP Series Twinax Cable Assemblies

FPGA/Optics Development Kits

Kit Name Description
FireFly™ Test Kit (FIK-FIREFLY-XX)  

Rated up to 25 Gbps, this kit allows the designer real-time evaluation of an actively running copper or optical FireFly™ system in their lab, with their inputs, via Samtec's Bulls Eye® system.

FireFly™ Test Kit
VCU110 ExaMAX® Loopback Card (REF-200748-01)  

The VCU110 ExaMAX® Loopback Card routes 8 GTY MGTs from the Xilinx® Virtex® UltraScale™ FPGA through the ExaMAX® mated connector pair and back to the FPGA.

FireFly™ Test Kit
14 Gbps FireFly™ FMC Development Kit (REF-193429-01) Buy Now

Samtec's 14 Gbps FireFly™ FMC Module is VITA 57.1 compliant and provides up to 140 Gbps full-duplex bandwidth over 10 channels from an FPGA to an industry-standard multi-mode fiber optic cable.

25/28 Gbps FireFly™ FMC+ Development Kit (REF-200772-XXX-XX-01)

Samtec's 25/28 Gbps FireFlyTM FMC+ Module is VITA 57.4 compliant and provides up to 400/448 Gbps full-duplex bandwidth over up to 16 channels from an FPGA to an industry-standard multi-mode fiber optic cable.

FMC+ HSPC Loopback Card (REF-197618-01) Buy Now

Samtec's VITA 57.4 FMC+ HSPC Loopback Card provides FPGA designers an easy to use loopback option for testing low-speed and high-speed multi-gigabit transceivers on any FPGA development board or FPGA carrier card.

FMC+ HSPC/HSPCe Loopback Card (REF-197693-01) Buy Now

Samtec's VITA 57.4 FMC+ HSPC/HSPCe Loopback Card provides an easy to use loopback option for testing low and high-speed multi-gigabit transceivers on any FPGA development board or carrier card and, is an ideal substitute for 28 Gbps test equipment.

VCU118 FMC+ HSPC Loopback Card (REF-194194-01)  

This loopback mezzanine card was based on an elongated version of the VITA 57.4 single width mezzanine card, designed for use with the Xilinx® UltraScale+ VCU118 Development board and is included in the VCU118 Development Kit available from Xilinx®.

PCIE Extender Cards

Kit Name Description
PCIe®-Over-Fiber Adaptor Card (PCOA)  

Samtec's PCIe®-Over-Fiber Adaptor Cards enable long distance PCIe® Gen 3 interfaces in computer-to-computer and computer-to-end point applications while supporting transparent and non-transparent bridge links.

PCIe®-Over-Fiber Adaptor Card

Component Kits

Kit Name Description
Arduino Uno R3 Expansion Connector Accessory Kit
(SBM-ARDUINO-KIT)
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Samtec's Expansion Accessory Kit allows for continued growth and stacking of Arduino-based systems using standard IDC cables, socket strips and terminal strips.

ARM mbed Application Board Expansion Connector Accessory Kit
(SBM-ARMMBED-KIT)
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Samtec's Expansion Accessory Kit allows for continued growth and stacking of mbed-based systems using standard IDC cables, socket strips and terminal strips.

BeagleBone Black Expansion Connector Accessory Kit
(SBM-BEAGLEBONE-KIT)
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Samtec's Expansion Accessory Kit allows for continued growth and stacking of BeagleBone-based systems using standard IDC cables, socket strips and terminal strips.

Raspberry Pi Expansion Connector Accessory Kit
(SBM-RASPBERRY-PI-KIT)
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Samtec's Expansion Accessory Kit allows for continued growth and stacking of Raspberry Pi-based systems using standard IDC cables, socket strips and shrouded terminals.

VITA 57.4 FMC+ Standard As an ANSI/VITA member, Samtec supports the release of the new ANSI/VITA 57.4-2018 FPGA Mezzanine Card Plus Standard. VITA 57.4, also referred to as FMC+, expands upon the I/O capabilities defined in ANSI/VITA 57.1 FMC by adding two new connectors that ena...
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