Samtec, Global Provider of Interconnect Systems, Joins IRT Nanoelec Silicon Photonics Program

NEW ALBANY, Indiana USA – May 21, 2015 – Samtec, Inc., an industry-leading supplier of high-speed interconnects, microelectronics, and micro-optical solutions, is pleased to announce its entrance in the Silicon Photonics Program of the IRT Nanoelec, headed by CEA-Leti. Samtec is joining CNRS, STMicroelectronics, Mentor Graphics and CEA-Leti to develop and industrialize optical communications solutions using silicon photonics technology for addressing data centers and high-performance computing applications.

Officials from all parties expressed their enthusiasm. “We are thrilled with the opportunity to join the Silicon Photonics Program of the IRT Consortium,” said Marc Verdiell, CTO of the Samtec Optical Group. “Samtec brings its vast experience in optical transceiver technology, and advanced optical packaging and support to this program. This technology will strengthen Samtec’s expertise in high data rate applications from 28 Gbps, to 56 Gbps, and beyond, as well as allow further photonics integration for higher density, higher bandwidth, and lower cost per Gb optical interconnects.”

Verdiell adds, “This technology can be used to enhance Samtec’s active optical products such as FireFly™. FireFly™ Micro Flyover System™ gives designers a choice of using either micro footprint high-performance active optical engines or lower-cost copper interconnects. This allows the designer to upgrade from electrical to optical using the same interconnect system. With a 28 Gbps system in development, the currently released optical FireFly™ is a x12, 14 Gbps per channel, unidirectional or bidirectional transceiver system. It has the highest 14 Gbps bandwidth density available with an aggregate 168 Gbps.”

The IRT Nanoelec Silicon Photonics Program was launched in 2012. It brings together, under one roof, the expertise, tools and equipment needed for the development of silicon photonics technology and associated solutions for optical communications. Mentor Graphics, STMicroelectronics, CNRS and CEA-Leti were the core members of the consortium.

“The participation of the new partner Samtec within the Silicon Photonics Program is highly valuable, as Samtec will bring strong and complementary skills in optical and high-speed electrical packaging to our current consortium,” said Sylvie Menezo, director of the program. “The consortium is now gathering research institutes counted among the pioneers in silicon photonics and major industrial players over the complete value chain (silicon foundry, EDA, packaging). This is a key factor for success in developing innovative and cost-effective solutions.”

About Samtec, Inc.:

Samtec, Inc., is an international supplier of interconnects, cable assemblies, and design solutions. Products include high speed board level interconnects, high speed cable assemblies, optical systems, IC packaging and microelectronics expertise, and the industry’s largest variety of board-to-board interconnects. Samtec provides full channel system support, streamlining and optimizing the signal path, from the IC to the board and beyond. Samtec’s 4,000 worldwide associates are spread out among four primary manufacturing centers, six support offices, and sales and support offices on every continent. Visit

About IRT Nanoelec  Research Technological Institute (IRT)

Nanoelec Research Technological Institute (IRT), headed by CEA-Leti, conducts research and development in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT) and specifically, micro- and nanoelectronics. Based in Grenoble, France, IRT Nanoelec leverages the area’s proven innovation ecosystem to create the technologies that will power the nanoelectronics of tomorrow, drive new product development and inspire new applications – like the Internet of Things – for existing technologies. The R&D conducted at IRT Nanoelec provides early insight into how emerging technologies such as 3D integration and silicon photonics will affect integrated circuits.


Samtec Contact Information:
Marc Epitaux
Chief Architect
Samtec Optical Group
+ 408-524-1400 (USA)

IRT Nanoelec – Photonics Program Contact Information:
Sylvie Menezo
Director of the Silicon Photonics Program

IRT Nanoelec Contact Information:
Didier Louis
IRT Nanoelec Communication Manager

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