The Zynq SATA Storage Extension (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 Missing Link Electronics (MLE), Xilinx PetaLinux, and an Open Source SATA Host Controller Linux kernel driver, also from MLE. Zynq SSE utilizes the Xilinx GTX Multi Gigabit Transceivers to deliver SATA I (1.5Gbps), SATA II (3.0Gbps), or SATA III (6 Gbps) connectivity. The Zynq SSE is delivered as a complete reference design for the Xilinx Zynq-7000 SoC (Zynq), and effectively extends Zynq with one single SATA host port for HDD and SSD storage connectivity. This Technical Tip shows how to setup the Zynq SSE. After going through the steps described herein, you will have a working Linux System running on the Zynq with an attached SATA HDD or SSD.
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=The block diagram shown below gives an overview over the Zynq SSE reference design: Within the Zynq Programmable Logic (PL) the MLE storage micro-architecture instantiates the DMA and the SATA Host Controller IP blocks. The storage micro-architecture itself interfaces with the Zynq Processing System (PS) via the high-performance AXI HP0 slave port. The ARM A9 in the PS runs Xilinx PetaLinux and the SATA Linux kernel driver.
PS + PL
2 CPUs 700 MHz
DDR, USB, UART, ETHERNET
ASICS.WS SATA IP
Avnet Mini ITX Z045
Xilinx Tools Version
Vivado 2014.1, PETALINUX 2013-2
SATA SSD(including Cable and Power Supply), SD-Card
Avnet Mini ITX Z045 Board (including Power supply) Link
Micro USB Cable for USB Console
Supported SSD (for Example Samsung 840)
Power Supply for SSD
Micro SD Card (2 GB or bigger)
PC for UART console
1. Format the SD Card using FAT32 File system
2. Put image.ub and BOOT.bin into the root directory of the SD Card
Insert the SD Card into the Avnet Mini ITX board’s SD Slot
Connect the micro USB cable to the UART port of the Avnet Mini ITX board and the USB Port of your PC
Connect the SSD to the SATA connector on the Avnet Mini ITX board using the SATA Cable.
Connect the SSD to power
Switch the Avnet Mini ITX board’s SW7 to SD Boot mode (as shown in picture)
Connect the Avnet Mini ITX board to the Power Supply
The system should now look like in the supplied image
Switch on the Avnet Mini ITX board
On the PC open a Serial Terminal on the new serial port using the settings 115200 Baud 8N1
3. Observe the Linux System booting
4. After some time you should see a screen similar to the screenshot in the Expected Results.
5. Login using
• Password: root
Status LEDs can be found next to the PCIe connector. The associated meanings can be seen in the following table and in the Image below.
As a result you should be having a running Linux system on the Zynq board. The UART Console output should be similar to the screenshot below.
The Evaluation Reference Design (ERD) of the Zynq SSE comprises a hardware license management which allows to run full SATA functionality for up to 12 hours after power-up. After approximately 12 hours the evaluation expires, which is indicated by illuminating the LED ’timeout’. You will also notice that the Linux kernel driver informs you of having lost the SATA link to the SSD/HDD.
Timeout LED, indicates the Timeout of the IP core.
Gen3 Link, indicates 6 GBit/s connection
Gen2 Link, indicates 3 GBit/s connection
Linkup and Activity, Led will light up on Linkup and will go dark during data transfers