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Zynq Sata Storage Extension

Since 2010, MLE has been providing SATA connectivity solutions for FPGAs. In 2014, as a result of close collaboration with Xilinx and Asics World Services, a new concept was introduced: To deliver a complete reference design with pre-integrated IP cores plus drivers and application software to reduce NRE costs and risks, and to shrink time-to-market for embedded applications.

This, eventually, became the preferred option to connect SATA Harddisk Drives (HDD) and Solid-State Drives (SSD) to the Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC.

Today, MLE releases a major overhaul of this SATA technology to support Xilinx Vivado version 2016.4, Xilinx PetaLinux version 2016.4 with a new Linux kernel 4.6 device API, plus streamlined product offerings to reflect the growing needs of embedded applications.

MLE's new Zynq SATA Storage Extension (Zynq SSE) is the result of many successful customer projects. The new Zynq SSE responds to the embedded market's needs for a simple, affordable solution to make use of modern SSDs. Like the old one, the new Zynq SSE is a fully integrated and pre-validated system stack comprising 3rd-party SATA Host Controller and DMA IP cores from ASICS World Services, a storage micro-architecture from MLE, Xilinx PetaLinux, and an Open Source SATA Host Controller Linux kernel driver, also from MLE. The new Zynq SSE utilizes the Xilinx GTX Multi-Gigabit Transceivers to integrate physical SATA connectivity.