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Samtec Announces Acquisition of Ultra Communications


Staff member
December 16, 2021 By Danny Boesing

Samtec Acquires Ultra Communications

Samtec announced today the acquisition of Ultra Communications, Inc., a manufacturer of high-speed digital and RF fiber optic components, based in Vista, CA.

Why We’re Doing This​

Ultra Communication’s core competencies include circuit design, optoelectronic package design, and manufacturing of fiber optic components. Founded in 2005, the company holds substantial IP and technology, with active programs in the mil-avionic, space/satellite, ground vehicles, radar, and shipboard connectivity arenas.

The acquisition provides Samtec with an opportunity to strengthen and expand our fiber optic product offering for mil/aero and harsh environment applications. Ultra Communications’ expertise in high-speed mixed-signal circuit design, packaging for high fidelity electrical and optical coupling, and testing at the wafer and component level, combined with Samtec’s advanced interconnect design expertise, will provide advanced product and technology solutions for our customers.

Samtec plans on maintaining operations and staff at the Vista, CA facility.

Samtec’s and Ultra Communications’ Products​

salt fog resistant optical module - Samtec FireFly

Samtec has an established customer base in the industrial and mil-aero markets with its optical FireFly™ product line. FireFly’s miniature footprint allows for greater density and closer proximity to the IC, simplifying board layout. Performance to 28

Gbps can be achieved in the same footprint covering an area of only 0.63 square inches for an aggregate 265 Gbps/in².

FireFly Optical systems, the ECUO series, are available in x4 and x12 designs. They incorporate OM3 multi-mode fiber and are available in a variety of End 2 options and heat sinks for various cooling processes. The ETUO is an Extended Temperature

FireFly with a -40 ºC to +85 ºC range for military and industrial applications. PCUO is a PCIe-Over-Fiber optical cable system with Gen 3/4 data transfer rates to 100 m. The PCOA is a PCIe-Over-Fiber adaptor card supports transparent and non-transparent bridging.

Ultra Communications’ products, which feature a Surface-Mount-Technology (SMT) reflowable attach process, complement the FireFly family. The acquisition provides aerospace and mil-aero customers with another option to achieve small size, low weight and power (SWaP) in extreme environments.

About Ultra Communications …​

Founded in 2005, Ultra Communications is AS9100-certified and has a rich space heritage in high-speed mixed-signal circuit design for applications requiring radiation hardening (rad-hard), extended temperature range and high reliability performance. Ultra Communications serves the most advanced avionic, space, maritime and terrestrial applications with precision packaging for high fidelity electrical and optical coupling, and hardware and software platforms for monitoring networks’ health and security.
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