Samtec supports VITA 57.4 with vertical connectors

Samtec’s SeaRay vertical connectors are featured in the VITA 57.4 standard, which specifies 8.5 and 10mm stack heights. The company supports the release of the new ANSI/VITA 57.4-2018 FPGA Mezzanine Card Plus Standard, also referred to as FMC+, which expands upon the I/O capabilities defined in ANSI/VITA 57.1 FMC. Samtec has added two connectors that enable higher data rates.

FMC+ modules provide a standardised mezzanine card often employed in FPGA development solutions and by COTS manufacturers. Features include a small form factor and user-defined pins, while maintaining modularity. In addition to providing backwards compatibility with FMC mezzanine cards, FMC+ also extends computing performance and bandwidth, all fitting within the same form factor as FMC.

Samtec’s SeaRay vertical connectors are featured in the VITA 57.4 standard. The connectors are capable of speeds up to 28Gbits per second and provide low insertion/extraction forces, and also features solder charge terminations.

In addition, the FMC+ standard also specifies the use of an optional extension connector (the high serial pin connector extension, or HSPCe). Employing this extension connector increases the total pin count by 80 positions, arranged in a four x 20 array. This brings data rates from 28 to 32Gbits per second over full duplex channels.

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