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CompactPCI® Serial • PCI Express® Optical Cabling

Target Side Adapter • PCIe® Gen3 x8 • MPO/MTP Connector



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SXD-FIREWORKS • CompactPCI® Serial • PCIe® Optical Cabling Target Adapter

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CompactPCI® Serial • PCI Express® Optical Cabling

Target Side Adapter • PCIe® Gen3 x8 • MPO/MTP Connector

Most computer systems are based on the PCI Express® standard as a high speed backbone for interconnection of peripheral components with a target CPU. However, sometimes not all PCI Express® based devices are located closely in a common enclosure, and therefore need external cabling for merging distributed subsystems virtually into a single PCI Express® based computer assembly.

The SXD-FIREWORKS is a target system adapter card for PCIe® x8 external optical cabling, equipped with an MPO/MTP front panel housing, for attachment of a 24- or 12-fiber optical patch cable as connection to a suitable target system. The SXD-FIREWORKS fits into the system slot of a CompactPCI® Serial backplane, as replacement for a CPU card in the target system.

With its on-board PCIe® packet switch the SXD-FIREWORKS replicates two PCI Express® Gen3 x8 links across a 3-slot CompactPCI® Serial backplane. Thus, two CompactPCI® Serial fat pipe slot cards in the target system can be natively controlled by the remote target system CPU, with a transfer rate of up to 64Gbps.

The SXD-FIREWORKS target adapter for CompactPCI®Serial systems enables a Gen3 PCIe® optical cable link up to 100m. Samtec FireFly™ PCIe®-over-fiber transceivers provide high performance signal quality with BER better than 1E-12.

Compared to other cabling solutions e.g. 40Gbps Ethernet, a PCI Express® Gen3 x8 link offers higher data transfer rates at lower latency.



Feature Summary

  • PCI Express® external optical cabling target side adapter, Gen3 x8
  • PICMG® CompactPCI® Serial (CPCI-S.0) system slot controller (for PCIe® resources only)
  • Form factor single size Eurocard (board dimensions 100x160mm2)
  • Mounting height 3U
  • CompactPCI® Serial backplane connectors P1, P2, P5 PCI Express® Gen3
  • Enables two peripheral slots organized x8/x8 (suitable for fat pipe peripheral slot cards)
  • Gen3 PCI Express® 24-lanes packet switch on-board
  • Protective clamshell version available

  • Optical PCIe® Gen3 cabling up to 100m with female/female MTP/MPO patch cable
  • 24-Fiber patch cable for PCIe® x8 link
  • 12-Fiber patch cable for PCIe® x4 link
  • Compliant Specifications: TIA-604-5-D (FOCIS 5), TIA-568-C.3, IEC-61754-7-1
  • On-board Samtec FireFly™ PCUO-G3 optical transceivers, socketed
  • Cabling port PCIe® Gen3 x8 or x4, MTP/MPO front panel bulkhead adapter
  • Two target systems or devices can be attached simultaneously
  • Suitable for a CompactPCI® Serial target system to be controlled by a remote host
  • Connects to any host adapter with PCI Express® optical cabling interface equipped w. Samtec FireFly™ PCUO transceivers

  • For lowest latency at fastest speed connected systems
  • Distributed computing - host to target system hierarchy
  • Split-systems, hybrid systems, or system expansion applications
  • Remote fast storage (e.g. NVMe SSD mass storage)
  • Mating host controller board available for CompactPCI® Serial (SX6-FIREWORKS)
  • Mating PCI Express® host adapter card available from 3rd party vendor

Environmental & Regulatory
  • Designed & manufactured in Germany
  • ISO 9001 certified quality management
  • Long term availability
  • Rugged solution
  • Coating, sealing, underfilling on request
  • Lifetime application support
  • RoHS compliant
  • Operating Temperature: 0°C to +70°C (commercial temperature range)
  • Option industrial temperature range -40°C to +85°C w. Samtec™ PTUO transceivers
  • Storage Temperature: -40°C to +85°C, max. Gradient 5°C/min
  • Humidity 5% ... 95% RH non Condensing
  • Altitude -300m ... +3000m
  • Shock 15g 0.33ms, 6g 6ms
  • Vibration 1g 5-2000Hz
  • MTBF 93.6 years
  • EC Regulatory EN55022, EN55024, EN60950-1 (UL60950-1/IEC60950-1)
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