Avnet Silica's industrial networking demo features Ethernet FMC

Avnet Silica was at Embedded World 2018 in Nuremburg, Germany last February demonstrating some cool industrial networking solutions such as TSN and FOSS GNU/Linux security concepts on Opsero’s Robust Ethernet FMC and the Zynq UltraScale+. Get a glimpse of the hardware at 0:54. If you saw the demo in person, I’d love to know what you thought of it.

IntelliProp Demos NVMe Host Accelerator on FPGA Drive

Early this year IntelliProp released a demo video of their NVMe Host Accelerator IP core running on the Intel Arria 10 GX FPGA Development board. As you can see in the video, they are using Opsero’s FPGA Drive product with the PCIe slot connector to interface the NVMe SSD to the FPGA board. They measured an impressive performance of around 2300MBps sequential write speed and 3200MBps sequential read speed. [Read More]

Artix-7 Arty Base Project

Here’s a base project for the Arty board based on the Artix-7 FPGA. The Arty is a nice little dev board because it’s low cost ($99 USD) but it’s still got enough power and connectivity to make it very useful. I really like the fact that the JTAG and UART are both accessed through the same USB connector, so I only need to connect one USB cable. [Read More]

Quick look at the UltraZed-EG SoM

In this video I take a look at the features of the UltraZed-EG System-on-Module and the Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC. As is typical for Avnet products, it’s a great deal with a price tag of only $485 USD, when the device alone (XCZU3EG-1SFVA625E) would cost you $354 USD. This SoM can’t be used as an SBC (single board computer), it needs a carrier card such as the UltraZed PCIe Carrier Card; this board will cost you $499 USD and has most of the hardware you need to exploit the Zynq UltraScale+ device to its full potential: Gigabit Ethernet, Display Port, PCIe, USB3 and SATA among others. [Read More]

Getting Started with the MYIR Z-turn

In this video I create a simple Vivado design for the MYIR Z-turn Zynq SoM and we run a hello world application on it, followed by the lwIP echo server. We connect the Z-turn to a network, then we use “ping” and “telnet” to test the echo server from a PC that is connected to the same network. If you want to try it out yourself, download the SD card boot files here: [Read More]

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]

M.2 NGFF Loopback Module

Update 2018-05-03: You can now buy a basic M.2 NGFF loopback module from Opsero Half the fun of making cool stuff is sharing it with others. The photos I’m sharing in this post are of my new M.2 NGFF loopback module - it’s a M.2 form-factor module with a loopback on each of the 4 PCIe lanes, as well as some electronics to test other connections such as the 3.3V power supply and the 100MHz clock. [Read More]

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 

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 strange error messages recently. So from a recommendation, I got myself a JTAG HS3 from Digilent and it is just ridiculously better. [Read More]