XMC PCIe to SATA Mezzanine Card

The DX4-BADGER is a XMC style mezzanine card, equipped with a quad-channel PCI Express® to SATA 6Gbps controller, and three on-board sockets for mSATA solid state drives (SSD). With a capacity available of up to 1TB as of current, mSATA is a fast growing storage module form factor. The Marvell® SATA 3.0 controller allows RAID or non RAID operation. A front bezel eSATA connector is provided for attachment of an external SATA storage device. The DX4-BADGER connects up to four SATA III (6G) devices to a PCIe 2.0 host, delivering up to 1 Gigabyte-per-second (GBps) total bandwidth when a two-lane 5.0 Gbps interface is available.

In addition, hardware RAID Level 0/1 operation is supported, running with an enhanced ARM-based processor to offload the host CPU. When two or three mSATA sockets are populated on the DX4-BADGER, a Terabyte RAID system can be simply configured.