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Needs some advice on using SATA with sbRIO-9609

Hi, I'd like to try SATA with my sbRIO-9609 for more storage. But I'm a little confused after reading document and I'd like to ask for some advice. In general, I'd like to know which SATA interface to pick and what could the potential risk from the perspective of software. The document which I'm referring to is CompactRIO Single-Board Controller with NI-DAQmx. 1. On Page 13, it says "Port for additional SATA storage. May be routed to an mSATA or M.2 connector.". So for the four signals for SATA over RMC, can I use it with normal SATA3 SSD? Or do I have to use it with mSATA or M.2 SATA? 2. On Page 28, it says "PCIe over RMC PCIe is routed to the RMC connector to allow for connection to PCIe devices. These devices may require a Linux driver in order to operate properly, which makes this an advanced feature not supported in LabVIEW. Example devices include M.2 SSD, additional Ethernet ports, or WIFI." And on Page 30, it says "SATA over RMC SATA is routed to the RMC connector to allow additional SSD storage integrated into the RMC board. These signals can be routed to an onboard SSD, M.2 connector, or mSATA connector. mSATA performs more consistently than other connecters in environments with shock and vibration conditions." So, I'm confused whether I can directly use LabVIEW to save files to this SATA SSD disk or I have to install some drivers to use it in LabVIEW? If driver is needed, any reference for me? And if I use normal SATA SSD (if possible), do I need to install extra software? Same question for mSATA SSD. 3. On page 109, it mentions a SATA Drives Submenu. Hence, I'm suspecting that once a SATA SSD is connected to the SATA over RMC, I should be able to configure them in BIOS, right? Last but not least, any suggestion on SATA over RMC is highly appreciated. Thanks, Tianming
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Re: Needs some advice on using SATA with sbRIO-9609

Hi Richtian,

I see a few different questions here so I'll address them seperately:

 

  1. For the four signals for SATA over RMC, can I use it with normal SATA3 SSD? Or do I have to use it with mSATA or M.2 SATA?
    • My gut is telling me that this should work, but I'll look into it a little bit and come back with a more concrete answer.
  2. Can I directly use LabVIEW to save files to this SATA SSD disk or I have to install some drivers to use it in LabVIEW?
    • No driver needed, the SSD is configured on a BIOS level. You'll just need to log files to a fiilepath on the external SSD.
  3. Once a SATA SSD is connected to the SATA over RMC, can I configure them in BIOS?
    • Yes, you'll configure the drive in BIOS. The SATA Drives submenu lives under "Advanced Setup".
Nick Smith
Product Support Engineer - C Series Controllers
R&D - Analog HW Discipline
National Instruments
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Hi Richtian:

Following up on point #1: You should be fine with a regular-sized SATA drive, since mSATA, M.2 SATA, and SATA 3 all have the same data rate specification. Big thing to keep in mind is the trace length requirements outlined in the System Design manual (Table 15, page 32). 

Nick Smith
Product Support Engineer - C Series Controllers
R&D - Analog HW Discipline
National Instruments
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Hi, Nick

 

Thanks for your quick guide. I highly appreciate your help.

 

Thanks

Richtian

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Hey, Nick 

 

One more quick question. Valid power supply range for sbRIO-9609 is 9V to 30V. Just want to double check that a 12V power supply with about 10A ~ 15A current should be fine to run the system, including one SATA SSD.

 

Thanks,

Richtian

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I can't speak to the SSD itself, but the 9609 has a max power draw of 28W. So 12V @ 10-15A should leave plenty of headroom for the drive.

Nick Smith
Product Support Engineer - C Series Controllers
R&D - Analog HW Discipline
National Instruments
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