French IP-Maker Adds NVMe Host IP

For high performance storage in embedded applications
This is a Press Release edited by on 2017.04.20

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IP-Maker SAS is extending its storage IP portfolio with the release of its NVMe host controller for embedded applications.

The team has implemented the features of the host NVMe driver as a full hardware IP, providing low latency, low gate count and low power consumption.

It can be integrated in a FPGA, and manages the NVMe protocol without any CPU. The IP is available and has been tested on a Xilinx FPGA.

"We are excited to announce the release of this new IP for embedded applications. We used our strong experience in IP design for server products, leading in a very optimized technology for embedded products, because they also require high throughput and low latency storage performance, but with very limited resources in term of space, power consumption and BOM cost," said Mickael Guyard, marketing director, IP-Maker. "It is an ideal solution for high performance storage in embedded applications such as high resolution camera, test bench and military recorder, portable medical imaging, IoT gateway,and mobile vision products such as drone and robotics."

The NVMe host IP can be used in a FPGA, connected between the PCIe root port and the cache memory, internal SRAM or external DRAM.

It controls the NVMe protocol, by setting and managing the NVMe commands.

No CPU is required, leading in a bill-of-material and power consumption reduction.

Any NVMe commercial SSD can be used on the device side.

It comes with high performance features by supporting PCIe Gen3 x8 interface, and a sub-microsecond latency.