Demo of Intelliprop's NVMe Host Accelerator IP core

I’ve just done a video to demo Intelliprop’s NVMe Host Accelerator IP core on the Xilinx Kintex Ultrascale KCU105 dev board and the Samsung 950 Pro M.2 NVMe SSD. To connect them together I’ve used the FPGA Drive FMC plugged into the HPC connector to give us a 4-lane PCIe Gen3 interface with the SSD. The read/write speeds I got are simply incredible and line up very well with the numbers I wrote about in an earlier post. [Read More]
nvme  ssd 

FPGA Drive now available to purchase

FPGA Drive now available to purchase
Orders can now be placed for the FPGA Drive products on the Opsero website. Both the PCIe and FMC versions allow you to connect an M.2 PCIe solid-state drive to an FPGA development board and both can be purchased at the same price of $249 USD (solid-state drive not included). The PCIe version has an 8-lane PCIe edge connector for interfacing with the PCIe blade (aka. goldfingers) of an FPGA development board. [Read More]
nvme 

Measuring the speed of an NVMe PCIe SSD in PetaLinux

With FPGA Drive we can connect an NVM Express SSD to an FPGA, but what kind of real-world read and write speeds can we achieve with an FPGA? The answer is: it depends. The R/W speed of an SSD depends as much on the SSD as it does on the system it’s connected to. If I connect my SSD to a 286, I can’t expect to get the same performance as when it’s connected to a Xeon. [Read More]
nvme 

At last! Affordable and fast, non-volatile storage for FPGAs

At last! Affordable and fast, non-volatile storage for FPGAs
Let me introduce you to Opsero’s latest offering: FPGA Drive FMC, a new FPGA Mezzanine Card that allows you to connect an NVMe PCIe solid-state drive to your FPGA. There’s got to be a better way. In the past, if you were developing an FPGA based product that needed a large amount of fast non-volatile storage, the best solution was to connect a SATA drive. Physical interfacing was pretty simple because all you needed was one gigabit transceiver. [Read More]
nvme  pcie  ssd 

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 a LPC FMC carrier for a single-lane connection to the SSD, or a HPC FMC carrier to exploit the maximum throughput of a 4-lane connection. [Read More]

Avnet releases PicoZed FMC Carrier Card V2

For those of you who were interested in running my recent tutorials about connecting a PCIe SSD to the Zynq (Zynq PCI Express Root Complex design in Vivado and┬áConnecting an SSD to an FPGA running PetaLinux) you’ll be happy to know that Avnet has released the PicoZed FMC Carrier Card V2, which is the platform on which those tutorials were based. For more information about the new PicoZed carrier, check out their video - and keep an eye out at 1m:32s where the Ethernet FMC gets a mention! [Read More]

Connecting an SSD to an FPGA running PetaLinux

Connecting an SSD to an FPGA running PetaLinux
This is the final part of a three part tutorial series on creating a PCI Express Root Complex design in Vivado and connecting a PCIe NVMe solid-state drive to an FPGA. Part 1: Microblaze PCI Express Root Complex design in Vivado Part 2: Zynq PCI Express Root Complex design in Vivado Part 3: Connecting an SSD to an FPGA running PetaLinux (this tutorial) In this final part of the tutorial series, we’ll start by testing our hardware with a stand-alone application that will verify the status of the PCIe link and perform enumeration of the PCIe end-points. [Read More]
nvme  pcie  ssd  popular 

Zynq PCI Express Root Complex design in Vivado

This is the second part of a three part tutorial series in which we will create a PCI Express Root Complex design in Vivado with the goal of connecting a PCIe NVMe solid-state drive to our FPGA. Part 1: Microblaze PCI Express Root Complex design in Vivado Part 2: Zynq PCI Express Root Complex design in Vivado (this tutorial) Part 3: Connecting an SSD to an FPGA running PetaLinux In this second part of the tutorial series, we will build a Zynq based design targeting the PicoZed 7Z030 and PicoZed FMC Carrier Card V2. [Read More]

Microblaze PCI Express Root Complex design in Vivado

This is the first part of a three part tutorial series in which we will go through the steps to create a PCI Express Root Complex design in Vivado, with the goal of being able to connect a PCIe end-point to our FPGA. We will test the design on hardware by connecting a PCIe NVMe solid-state drive to our FPGA using the FPGA Drive adapter. Part 1: Microblaze PCI Express Root Complex design in Vivado (this tutorial) [Read More]