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Founded in 1976, Samtec is a privately held global manufacturer of a broad line of electronic interconnect solutions, including High-Speed Board-to-Board, High-Speed Cables, Mid-Board and Panel Optics, Precision RF, Flexible Stacking, and Micro/Rugged components and cables. With 40+ international locations and products sold in more than 125 different countries, Samtec’s global presence enables its unmatched customer service. For more information, please visit

Samtec Blog – Latest Posts

Practical Ports for Perfect Performance – Pretend or Possible?

Enough of the letter “P” already. Message recieved. In any case, modeling and simulating next-gen 224 Gbps signal channels poses many challenges. Design engineers must optimize the entire signal path, not just a specific component. The signal path includes transceiver and receivers, die-to-packaging transitions, BGA breakout regions, PCB traces, connector breakout regions and interconnect. Any […]

May 7, 2021
Here are the April 2021 Web Updates to + New Checkout Upgrades

In April, we continued improvements to our new similar parts functionality as well as our search upgrades, and released several new content product pages on the website. We’ll also piggyback some of the cart upgrades we’ve rolled out in the last few months onto this post. Continued Improvements to Similar Parts Recommendations We first wrote […]

May 6, 2021
Samtec And Glenair Partner On Mil/Aero Fiber Optic Cable Solutions

Samtec and Glenair® announced a strategic partnership targeting rugged, high-density, high-performance fiber optic cable solutions for mil/aero applications. Next-generation military systems demand optimized SWaP-C for increased performance, longer mission life and cost effectiveness. The collaboration combines Samtec’s Extended Temperature FireFly™ Micro Flyover System™ optical transceivers (ETUO series), with the Glenair Series 79 MT Fiber Optics […]

May 6, 2021
Samtec Exhibits at AUVSI XPONENTIAL Virtual Trade Show

As a NASA flight enthusiast, the idea of unmanned aerial vehicle systems (also known as drones) sounds like a lot of fun. A good example of how fun drones can be is through drone racing…yes you read that right… drone racing! However, apart from how fun they can be, drones have some pretty serious applications. […]

May 3, 2021
Focus on Avionics

The aerospace industry has had a tough time over the last 12 months. Not only has the commercial aviation market suffered severely from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the industry has not been able to showcase its latest developments. The signs of a recovery are beginning to show. The SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace […]

May 3, 2021
Demonstration of New Micro Edge Card Connector at 56 Gbps PAM4

This active product demonstration, of a connector system running at 56 Gbps PAM4, incorporates a Xilinx® Virtex® UltraScale+™ VCU 129 FPGA Evaluation Kit, and Samtec SI Evaluation boards with our new HSEC6 micro edge card connector.  The HSEC6 connector is a .6 mm pitch, micro-pitch, high-speed edge card connector. Ralph Page, Systems Architect at Samtec, […]

Apr 28, 2021
Vehicle Electrification: The Road Ahead

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve loved attending antique car shows with my dad. Classic cars have always fascinated me. The design styles and build trends drew me in. As I go back down memory lane, my dad’s 1976 red Corvette Stingray stands out in my head. My dad saved up his money […]

Apr 27, 2021
Our Most Popular Connectors For Medical Applications

When they hear the phrase connectors for medical applications, most electronics types think of some type of I/O interconnect to accommodate the cable interfaces on handheld devices. Push-pull cable products, circular cable assemblies, and wire-to-board solder cup headers and sockets usually come to mind. The medical electronics industry is one of Samtec’s largest customer segments. […]

Apr 23, 2021

Chalk Talks Featuring Samtec

Benefits and Applications of Immersion Cooling
Sponsored by Samtec
For truly high-performance systems, liquid immersion cooling is often the best solution. But, jumping into immersion cooling requires careful consideration of elements such as connectors. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Brian Niehoff of Samtec about connector solutions for immersion-cooled applications.
Feb 1, 2021
PCI Express: An Interconnect Perspective
Sponsored by Samtec
New advances in PCIe demand new connectors, and the challenge of maintaining signal integrity has only gotten tougher. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns of Samtec about why PCIe isn’t just for PCs, what PCIe over fiber looks like, and how Samtec’s team of signal integrity experts can help with your next PCIe design.
Jan 26, 2021
Microwave/Millimeter Cable Assemblies and Interconnects
Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Samtec
Cabling and connectors for RF design are critical to performance. And, in the world of microwave and millimeter-wave design, choosing the right interconnect for your frequency band is key to signal integrity. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns of Samtec about what you need to know to choose the right interconnect solution for your next RF design.
Jan 19, 2021
High-Performance Test to 70 GHz
Sponsored by Samtec
Today’s high-speed serial interfaces with PAM4 present serious challenges when it comes to test. Eval boards can end up huge, and signal integrity of the test point system is always a concern. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns of Samtec about the Bullseye test point system, which can maintain signal integrity up to 70 GHz with a compact test point footprint.
Jan 12, 2021
Accelerate HD Ultra-Dense Multi-Row Mezzanine Strips
Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Samtec
Embedded applications are putting huge new demands on small connectors. Size, weight, and power constraints are combining with new signal integrity challenges due to high-speed interfaces and high-density connections, putting a crunch on connectors for embedded design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns of Samtec about the new generation of high-performance connectors for embedded design.
Apr 21, 2020
Evaluation and Development Kits
Sponsored by Samtec
With signal integrity becoming increasingly challenging in today’s designs, interconnect is taking on a key role. In order to see how a particular interconnect solution will perform in our design, we really need hands-on evaluation of the technology. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns of Samtec about evaluation and development kits for high-speed interconnect solutions.
Mar 27, 2020
0 to 112 (Gbps PAM4) in 5 Seconds
Sponsored by Samtec
With serial connections hitting 112Gbps, we can’t mess around with our interconnect. We need engineered solutions that will keep those eyes open and deliver the signal integrity we need in our high-speed designs. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Matt Burns of Samtec about the interconnect options for speeds up to 112Gbs, and Samtec’s Flyover interconnect technology.
Mar 18, 2020
Avnet and Samtec Enable System-Level Exploration with new RFSoC Kit
Sponsored by Samtec and Avnet
5G infrastructure presents daunting challenges on the RF front. We want to put the processing as close as possible to the antenna, and the standards are evolving so fast that programmability is a must. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matt Brown from Avnet and Matt Burns from Samtec about the Avnet Zynq Ultrascale+ RFSoC Development Kit, which brings the power and flexibility of an FPGA-based RF front end to your lab bench.
Sep 9, 2019