Developing high-speed communication paths using the latest FPGA multi-gigabit transceivers presents engineers with many challenges. What data rates and protocols need supporting? What reference clock frequency is needed? Will the PLLs work?
Thankfully, most of the transceiver hardware concerns – differential signaling, impedance matching, equalization and pre-emphasis among other details – are addressed in FPGA development and evaluation cards from the FPGA vendors.
FPGA designers can purchase ready-made solutions with easy-to-use reference designs to quickly get their prototype design up and running. FPGA development tools enable quick transceiver configuration for application-specific solutions.
Samtec VITA 57.4 FMC+ Loopback Cards
Samtec proudly announces the release of the two new VITA 57.4-compliant FMC+ Loopback Cards. These new solutions provide FPGA designers easy-to-use loopback options for testing low-speed and high-speed multi-gigabit transceivers on any FPGA development board or FPGA carrier card.
Samtec’s two new FMC+ loopback cards – the VITA 57.4 FMC+ HSPC Loopback Card and the VITA 57.4 FMC+ HSPC/HSPCe Loopback Card – each come in VITA 57.4-compliant form factors. The new FMC+ Loopback cards feature optimized SI performance via Samtec Final Inch® break-out-region (BOR) PCB Trace Routing for the VITA 57.4 FMC+ connectors included in the cards.
FMC+ Loopback Card Features
The VITA 57.4 FMC+ HSPC Loopback Card includes one HSPC VITA 57.4 FMC+ Connector (Samtec P/N ASP-184330-01). It supports 24 high-speed multi-gigabit transceivers operating at data rates up to 28 Gbps per channel.
The VITA 57.4 FMC+ HSPC/HSPCe Loopback Card includes one HSPC VITA 57.4 FMC+ Connector (Samtec P/N ASP-184330-01) and one HSPCe VITA 57.4 FMC+ Connector (Samtec P/N ASP-186900-01). It supports up to 32 high-speed multi-gigabit transceivers operating at data rates up to 28 Gbps per channel.
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