Kevin Burt, of the Samtec Optical Group, discusses one of two demonstrations at OFC 2016. This is a demo of a FireFly™ 14 Gbps optical link in a FMC VITA 57.1 form factor for FPGA applications, for the high performance computing, rugged military, and industrial markets, to name a few.
This demo is an optical interconnection between two FPGAs, with a Xilinx Development Card and two FMCs (FPGA mezzanine cards), one from TechWay and the other from Crossfield Technology. This is 8 lanes of 14 Gbps traffic between the two FPGAs.
We’ll leave the rest to Kevin to explain in the video. Here are other links that might be of interest: