Emerging applications in 5G communications, mil/aero systems, high-speed data acquisition, phased-array radar and communication research will support faster data rates than current generation solutions. Developing and testing these high-performance applications requires advanced instrumentation and embedded systems.
Current generation instruments, processors, storage, and embedded devices communicate over copper interfaces in standard form factors and traditional bench instrument designs. At increased data rates, signal integrity concerns over copper cable assemblies and connectors limit the reach and interoperability of systems.
The Optical Data Interface Standard
The new Optical Data Interface (ODI) is a new high-speed interface standard for advanced instrumentation and embedded systems. ODI enables higher data rates over longer distances and increases interoperability in an open system of connecting a fiber-optic data link between two devices regardless of functionality.
The ODI standard is designed around a standard optical connector, which may be placed anywhere on any device. The new standard defines a highly functional and expandable physical layer.
Key specifications include:
- 12-lane multimode optics
- 12.5/14.1 Gbps Data Rates
- Interlaken Protocol
- Flow Control
Samtec’s FireFly™ optical engines fit the bill in all areas. This FireFly™ optical engine is designed for flexibility and is interchangeable with the FireFly™ copper assembly using the same connector system. It is available with x12 simplex or duplex optical transceivers to achieve 14 Gbps per channel, with x4 duplex systems in development to achieve 28 Gbps per channel.
“Samtec’s complete portfolio of preconfigured ODI optical interconnect solutions demonstrates Samtec’s commitment to support the ODI standard,” said Marc Verdiell, Chief Technology Officer of Samtec Optical Group.
“The Samtec FireFly™ Micro Flyover System™ optical engine coupled with ODI-compliant optical cable assembles offers the test and measurement industry a ready-made ODI physical layer solution. Samtec will also offer standard 24-fiber ODI cable in standard lengths easing implementation of the ODI standard.”
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