FPGAs, SoCs and other flexible, configurable and reprogrammable compute engines are redefining embedded computing architectures. While prevalent in Data Centers, ASIC Emulation, and High-Performance Computing, FPGAs are the beating electronic hearts of many emerging Transportation, Medical Imaging, Process Automation and Industrial Vision embedded computing applications.
In many FPGA-based designs, the choice of a connector solution can be a crucial element in your system design. The appropriate interconnect needs to support the highest of speeds, small form factors, and emerging architectures common in embedded computing.
Fortunately, the technical experts at Samtec and Mouser offer just the solution. A new ChalkTalk entitled 56 Gbps PAM4 Performance in FPGA Applications presents several high-performance interconnect options for many popular FPGA applications.
AcceleRate® HD Ultra-Dense, Multi-Row Mezzanine Strips
AcceleRate HD ultra-dense, multi-row mezzanine strips are rated for 56 Gbps PAM4 on a 0.635 mm pitch. AcceleRate® HD features high-speed Edge Rate® contacts designed for high-speed, high-cycle applications.
The surface of the contact is milled creating a smooth mating surface, which reduces wear on the contact increasing durability and cycle life. Also, lower insertion and withdrawal forces allow zippered unmating.
AcceleRate® Slim Direct Attach Cable Assemblies
AcceleRate is the industry’s slimmest cable system with direct attach technology and ultra-low skew twinax cable for 56 Gbps PAM4 speeds. AcceleRate features an extremely slim 7.6 mm width and Eye Speed® ultra-low skew twinax cable with direct attach to the contacts. This eliminates the need and variability of a transition card for improved signal integrity.
The cable system also supports Samtec’s Flyover® technology to fly data above lossy PCB, simplifying board layout and extending signal reach.
mPOWER® Ultra Micro Power Connectors
Micro 2.00 mm pitch, 18 Amp power blade interconnects are designed for power only or staging a combination power and signal/ground solution. mPOWER® connector system is the ultimate micro, high-power solution with incredible design flexibility for power-only or power/signal applications.
Due to the wide variety of stack heights available, mPOWER® can be easily added to new or existing architectures alongside one of Samtec’s high-speed connector systems for a unique two-piece power and signal/ground solution.
For more information on Samtec’s 56 Gbps PAM4 solutions, please e-mail our technical experts at SIG@samtec.com.