Micron’s new M.2 Solid-State Drive

Micron’s new M.2 Solid-State Drive

Computer memory giant, Micron, sent me a pre-production sample of their brand new M.2 NVMe solid-state drive. I tested it under PetaLinux on the PicoZed FMC Carrier Card V2 and the FPGA Drive adapter, and as expected, it passed all tests with flying colours. Although...
Bye bye Platform Cable USB II, Hello JTAG HS3

Bye bye Platform Cable USB II, Hello JTAG HS3

Now that I think about it, I’ve been using my Xilinx Platform Cable USB II for 10 years now!!! That’s a terrific run in my opinion, I got it in a kit for the Virtex-5 ML505 board in 2006 and I would have kept using it if I didn’t start getting these...
FMC for Connecting an SSD to an FPGA

FMC for Connecting an SSD to an FPGA

Here’s a first look at the FMC version of the FPGA Drive product, featured with the Samsung VNAND 950 Pro SSD. The FMC version can carry M-keyed M.2 modules for PCI Express and is designed to support up to 4-lanes. It has a HPC FMC connector which can be used on...
Comparison of Zynq SoMs

Comparison of Zynq SoMs

In the last year or so, there has been an explosion in the availability of System-on-Modules (SoMs) featuring the popular FPGA+ARM combo Zynq-7000 SoC from Xilinx. I’ve always promoted the idea that FPGAs and SoCs allow for faster design cycles and rapid...
1.8V Version Ethernet FMC now available

1.8V Version Ethernet FMC now available

I recently received and tested the first 1.8V Ethernet FMCs and they are now available to buy on ethernetfmc.com. There are two main reasons why you’d actually want a 1.8V version: Firstly, some carriers only support VADJ of 1.8V (such as the VC707 and VC709)....