Samtec, Inc. and Amphenol® Aerospace Partner to Address the Growing Need for Embedded Optics in Rugged Environments

Samtec, Inc. and Amphenol® Aerospace, a division of Amphenol Corporation (NYSE: APH), are excited to announce a strategic partnership addressing the growing need for embedded optics in rugged environments.

Samtec is releasing an extended temperature embedded optical module utilizing the popular FireFly platform. This new FireFly will have architectures supporting 12 channels as well as 4 channels at 10 Gbps/channel from -40°C to +85°C, all while still benefiting from the FireFly platform's industry leading density. Coupling this product with the extensive line of Amphenol Aerospace's rugged passive solutions will give customers a streamlined path to having complete, end-to-end, rugged optical solutions. Samples of the extended temperature FireFly are available now.

"The joining of these two product lines is a perfect pairing for supporting embedded optics customers in the Military/Aerospace and Industrial spaces," said Adam Linderman, Product Manager for Samtec's optical product offering. "FireFly has been looked to more and more by Military customers, especially now with the release of our extended temperature version coming soon in Q4 2015. We recognize that to truly support these customers, we will need a path to getting ruggedized panel options joined with FireFly, and we could think of no one better to partner with on this than Amphenol Aerospace."

Jared Sibrava, Business Unit Director of Amphenol Aerospace's High Speed Solutions Products says, "Amphenol is excited to establish this partnership with Samtec. Over the years, we have established a relationship working with Samtec on some of the most rugged product available. I can speak to their customer service and high speed delivery of highly technological components for the military market. The FireFly product series is a great match for ruggedized transceiver requirements for program upgrades and new platform launches. Combining this product with Amphenol's D38999 with embedded 12, 24, and 48 channel MT components is a great combination to support customers with turn-key product rapidly."

Contact Information:

Adam Linderman

Product Manager

Samtec, Inc.


Jared Sibrava

Business Unit Director

Amphenol High Speed Solutions


Samtec, Inc.

P.O. Box 1147

New Albany, IN 47151-1147 USA

Phone: 1-800-SAMTEC-9


About Samtec, Inc.

Founded in 1976 and headquartered in New Albany, IN, Samtec, Inc. is a privately held, debt-free $613 million global manufacturer of a broad line of electronic interconnect solutions, including IC-to-Board/Ultra Micro, High Speed Board-to-Board, High Speed Cables, Future-Proof/Active Optics, Flexible Stacking, and Micro/Rugged components and cables. To meet the interconnect challenges of tomorrow and beyond, Samtec has developed Technology Centers dedicated to developing and advancing technologies and products that provide both performance and cost benefits, ensuring complete system optimization from the bare die to an interface 100 meters away, and all interconnect points in between. With 33 locations in 18 different countries, including manufacturing facilities in New Albany, Colorado, Oregon, Costa Rica, China, Malaysia and Singapore, Samtec's global presence enables its unmatched customer service.

About Amphenol Aerospace

As one of the largest developers of interconnection technologies for the military and commercial aerospace industries, Amphenol Aerospace Operations (AAO) provides OEMs worldwide with rugged, high quality products that withstand the harshest environments. AAO provides complete interconnect solutions for a wide array of markets. AAO designs, manufactures, and supplies circular and rectangular, electronic, board level, fiber optic, EMI/EMP filter connectors, as well as cable assemblies and integrated systems. AAO is headquartered in Sidney, NY, with other facilities located in New Hampshire, Toronto, Mexico and China. AAO is a division of Amphenol Corporation, which is headquartered in Wallingford, CT. Amphenol Corporation is one of the largest manufacturers of interconnect products in the world, with 2013 sales topping $4.6 billion.



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