Samtec PCIEO Series Active Optical Cable Assemblies use a patented optical engine technology allowing low power consumption while significantly extending the PCIe® bus. These Active Optical Cable Assemblies allow new and existing PCIe® Expansion and Extension systems to extend the distance between ports up to 100 meters at Gen 3 data rates. The cable length can be easily customized with either a 100 MHz clock or with no clock.
These Active Optical Cables are plug-compatible, direct replacements for the traditional passive copper cables used in PCIe® expansion and extension systems. A miniature optical transceiver is located inside the housing at either end and performs the electrical-to-optical signal conversion for transmission over optical fiber.
Unlike other optical based solutions, these Active Optical Cables are truly interchangeable with existing copper cables as they support PCIe® auxiliary signals (CPWRON, CPERST#, CPRSNT# and CWAKE# sidebands), clock forwarding and electrical idle.
Data rates and form factors available include:
- x4 PCIe® GEN 3
- x8 PCIe® GEN 3
- x4 PCIe® with x8 PCIe® form factor, GEN 3
- x4 PCIe® Host to x8 PCIe® Target, GEN 3
- x8 PCIe® Host to x4 PCIe® Target, GEN 3
(PCIe® is a registered trademark of PCI-SIG®)