Example design for FPGA Drive using the AXI Memory Mapped to PCI Express Bridge IP
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Example design for FPGA Drive using the AXI Memory Mapped to PCI Express Bridge IP.


This project is designed for Vivado 2018.2. If you are using an older version of Vivado, then you MUST use an older version of this repository. Refer to the list of commits to find links to the older versions of this repository.

In order to test this design on hardware, you will need the following:

  • Vivado 2018.2
  • FPGA Drive - for connecting a PCIe SSD
  • M.2 PCIe Solid State Drive
  • One of the supported carriers listed above

Supported carrier boards

  • Zynq-7000 PicoZed FMC Carrier Card V2 with PicoZed 7015/30
    • PCIe edge (use pzfmc-7z015-7z030-1v8-lpc.xdc)
    • LPC connector (use pzfmc-7z015-7z030-1v8.xdc)
  • Kintex-7 KC705 Evaluation board
    • PCIe edge (use kc705.xdc)
    • LPC connnector SSD1 only (use kc705-lpc.xdc)
    • HPC connnector SSD1 only (use kc705-hpc.xdc)
    • HPC connnector SSD1 and SSD2 (use kc705-hpc-dual.xdc)
  • Kintex Ultrascale KCU105 Evaluation board
    • LPC connnector (use kcu105-lpc.xdc)
    • HPC connnector (use kcu105-hpc.xdc)
  • Virtex-7 VC707 Evaluation board
    • PCIe edge (use vc707.xdc)
    • HPC connector 1 (use vc707-hpc1.xdc)
    • HPC connector 2 (use vc707-hpc2.xdc)
  • Virtex-7 VC709 Evaluation board
    • PCIe edge (use vc709.xdc)
    • HPC connector (use vc709-hpc.xdc)
  • Zynq-7000 ZC706 Evaluation board
    • PCIe edge (use zc706.xdc)
    • LPC connector (use zc706-lpc.xdc)
    • HPC connector (use zc706-hpc.xdc)


These are the example designs for the FPGA Drive and FPGA Drive FMC adapters that allow connecting NVMe SSDs to FPGAs via PCIe edge connectors and FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) connectors.

The bare metal software application reports on the status of the PCIe link and performs enumeration of the detected PCIe end-points (ie. the SSDs). The project also contains scripts to generate PetaLinux for these platforms to allow accessing the SSDs from the Linux operating system.

Dual SSD designs

The projects in this repo with the "_dual" postfix can only be used with the FPGA Drive FMC Rev-D (and future revisions). These revisions have two M.2 connectors for connecting two SSDs to the FPGA through the FMC connector. At the moment there are dual designs for these carriers:

  • KCU105

The single SSD designs (without "_dual" postfix) will also work on the dual connector adapter, however only one SSD (SSD1) will be operational.

Build instructions

To use the sources in this repository, please follow these steps:

  1. Download the repo as a zip file and extract the files to a directory on your hard drive --OR-- Git users: clone the repo to your hard drive
  2. Open Windows Explorer, browse to the repo files on your hard drive.
  3. In the Vivado directory, you will find multiple batch files (*.bat). Double click on the batch file that is appropriate to your hardware, for example, double-click build-zedboard.bat if you are using the ZedBoard. This will generate a Vivado project for your hardware platform.
  4. Run Vivado and open the project that was just created.
  5. Click Generate bitstream.
  6. When the bitstream is successfully generated, select File->Export->Export Hardware. In the window that opens, tick "Include bitstream" and "Local to project".
  7. Return to Windows Explorer and browse to the SDK directory in the repo.
  8. Double click the build-sdk.bat batch file. The batch file will run the build-sdk.tcl script and build the SDK workspace containing the hardware design and the software application.
  9. Run Xilinx SDK (DO NOT use the Launch SDK option from Vivado) and select the workspace to be the SDK directory of the repo.
  10. Select Project->Build automatically.
  11. Connect and power up the hardware.
  12. Open a Putty terminal to view the UART output.
  13. In the SDK, select Xilinx Tools->Program FPGA.
  14. Right-click on the application and select Run As->Launch on Hardware (System Debugger)

Board Specific Notes

VC709 and KCU105

These designs are based on the AXI Bridge for PCI Express Gen3 Subsystem . To generate an example stand-alone application for these boards, the SDK build script makes a local copy of the driver for the AXI Memory Mapped to PCIe Gen2 IP with a few small modifications to make it work with the Gen3 core. If you use or modify these applications, be aware that they refer to the locally copied and modified driver located in EmbeddedSw/XilinxProcessorIPLib/drivers, and that that driver is actually designed for the Gen2 core. In other words, you can expect the driver to work for the example application that checks link-up, link speed/width and enumerates the end points, but anything else may fail due to differences between the driver code and the Gen3 IP specs.


Installation of PicoZed board definition files

To use this project on the PicoZed, you must first install the board definition files for the PicoZed into your Vivado installation.

The following folders contain the board definition files and can be found in this project repository at this location:


  • picozed_7015_fmc2
  • picozed_7030_fmc2

Copy those folders and their contents into the C:\Xilinx\Vivado\2018.2\data\boards\board_files folder (this may be different on your machine, depending on your Vivado installation directory).

PicoZed FMC Carrier Card V2

On this carrier, the GBTCLK0 of the LPC FMC connector is routed to a clock synthesizer/MUX, rather than being directly connected to the Zynq. In order to use the FPGA Drive FMC on the PicoZed FMC Carrier Card V2, you will need to reconfigure the clock synthesizer so that it feeds the FMC clock through to the Zynq. To change the configuration, you must reprogram the EEPROM (U14) where the configuration is stored. Avnet provides an SD card boot file that can be run to reprogram the EEPROM to the configuration we need for this project. The boot files have been copied to the links below for your convenience:

Just boot up your PicoZed FMC Carrier Card V2 using one of those boot files, and the EEPROM will be reprogrammed as required for this project. For more information, see the Hardware User Guide for the PicoZed FMC Carrier Card V2.


Check the following if the project fails to build or generate a bitstream:

1. Are you using the correct version of Vivado for this version of the repository?

Check the version specified in the Requirements section of this readme file. Note that this project is regularly maintained to the latest version of Vivado and you may have to refer to an earlier commit of this repo if you are using an older version of Vivado.

2. Did you follow the Build instructions in this readme file?

All the projects in the repo are built, synthesised and implemented to a bitstream before being committed, so if you follow the instructions, there should not be any build issues.

3. Did you copy/clone the repo into a short directory structure?

Vivado doesn't cope well with long directory structures, so copy/clone the repo into a short directory structure such as C:\projects\. When working in long directory structures, you can get errors relating to missing files, particularly files that are normally generated by Vivado (FIFOs, etc).


Feel free to modify the code for your specific application.

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