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Testing Gen 5 ASIC with the SBExpress-DT4

Updated: Apr 20, 2021

By: Patty Brogdon | April 16, 2021 | SANBlaze

Most NVMe developers start their initial designs in an ASIC, populated on a PCIe add-in-card (AIC).

With the PCIe slot in the SANBlaze SBExpress-DT4, designers can expose their ASIC prototype to complete a rigorous set of compliance test suites provided by SANBlaze. The SBExpress-DT4 allows developers to test right on their desktop, focusing on just a few drives.

Performing early Gen5 ASIC testing is as simple as plugging in a Gen5 ASIC drive into the AIC PCIe slot on the SBExpress-DT4 (see below).

Test Early Gen5 ASIC by using the SANBlaze SBExpress-DT4 PCIe Slot

As you can see, there is no need to wait for the Gen5 versions of the SBExpress-DT and SBExpress-RM if you want to do early Gen5 ASIC testing. You can use the Gen4 PCIe slot on the SBExpress-DT4 today to perform early Gen5 ASIC testing.

The SANBlaze software offers comprehensive NVMe testing via the Certified by SANBlaze test suite, including scripts for testing NVMe commands and UNH-IOL conformance test plans.

Conformance and Compliance Testing

SANBlaze offers conformance test suites for native NVMe and NVMe-MI that are based on the conformance test plans developed by the Interoperability Lab at UNH. For reference, these test plans are available at

SANBlaze SBExpress NVMe testing

The SANBlaze conformance scripts are a great way to test your device’s compliance with the NVMe specification. The scripts have been updated to include the v1.4 NVMe specification and the v1.1 NVMe-MI specification.

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