Has anyone used a breakout board on the Devel Kit Samtec connector? It looks
like Zebax may have one that works, any experience with it?
I went that route a few months back. The ZX102 adapter presents it's breakout pins in an unfortunate mechanical arrangement. I also tried using the ZAX104 with the Mictor connector. I had to create another adaptor board to connect to an FPGA board. It was a lot of work and cost way more than the FX3 DVK. I've abadoned it for the Arrow/Nuvation boards. That's a whole 'nuther story... but I have managed to sort out the documentation errors and implement an ALTERA FPGA design with good results, 350+ MB/s in both directions. ... Now if I could just convincingly pretend to be a Windows programmer.....
I just designed one and it's out for fab right now. It takes the Samtec connector and breaks it out to a handful of 0.1" headers, each labeled and with signal-ground pinning (i.e. even pins are signals, odd are ground). I also added provision to bolt the breakout on to the dev board so as not to stress the Samtec connector. If there's any interest, I'll look into building up a batch.