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1U networking appliance offers PCI slot

Mar 10, 2011 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 4 views

Win Enterprises announced a 1U rackmount network appliance with a single- or dual-core Atom processor plus both PCI and Mini PCI expansion slots. The PL-80300 includes a CompactFlash slot and 3.5-inch drive bay, six gigabit Ethernet ports, three USB ports, and a serial console port, according to the company.

The PL-80300 is basically a 1U rackmount version of the PL-80260 desktop networking appliance Win Enterprises announced in December. Like the PL-80260 (pictured at right), the offers a choice of a single-core Atom D410 or dual-core D510 CPU. It employs the 82801HM I/O controller and supports up to 2GB of RAM via a single SODIMM slot, the company adds.

Win Enterprises PL-80300

As far as we can see, the only major difference between the PL-80300 and the PL-80260, aside from the larger, 1U rackmount size, is the addition of a PCI slot. This offers additional customization opportunities, for example with the addition of FXO/FXS, T1/E1, and Crypto acceleration cards, says the company. Like the desktop model, the PL-80300 also offers Mini PCI expansion.

PL-80300, rear view

The only other major change is the addition of an LCD module display, as well as the availability of an internal 3.5-inch bay for a SATA hard disk drive instead of the desktop model's 2.5-inch HDD support. A Type II CompactFlash slot is also supplied.

Win Enterprises says the PL-80300 has up to six gigabit Ethernet ports, two of which feature LAN bypass. The PL-80260 also has three USB 2.0 ports, two external and one internal. While the Atom processors include integral GPUs (graphics processing units), this device lacks a VGA port, offering only an RJ45 connector for a serial console.

PL-80300 front panel detail
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According to Win Enterprises, the PL-80300 supports multiple Linux variants, including Fedora 13, Debian 5.0.6, and OpenSUSE 11.3. It also supports Windows 7 and Windows XP Pro, says the company.

An internal view of the PL-80300
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Features and specifications listed by Win Enterprises for the PL-80300 include:

  • Processor — Intel Atom D410 or D510 clocked at 1.66GHx
  • Chipset — 82801HM
  • Memory — up to 2GB of DDR2 667MHz memory via 1 x SO-DIMM
  • Storage — HDD bay supports 3.5-inch SATA drive; CompactFlash slot
  • Expansion:
    • PCI slot (external)
    • Mini PCI Express slot
    • Mini PCI slot
  • Networking — up to 6 x gigabit Ethernet (2 with LAN bypass)
  • Other I/O:
    • 1 x USB 2.0 (internal)
    • 2 x USB 2.0 (external)
    • RJ45 port for serial console
  • Other features — 16×2 LCM LCD module; 4 x LEDs
  • Power — 60W power supply
  • Operating temperature — 32 to 104 deg. F (0 to 40 deg. C)
  • Dimensions — 17 x 8 x 1.7 inches (432 x 270 x 44mm); 1U rackmount
  • Weight — 7.4 lbs

Further information

Evaluation units for the PL-80300 are available now. The PL-8030A version with the dual-core Atom D510 costs $459 in quantities of 100 units. Win Enterprises also offers customization options and services.

More information may be found on the PL-80300 product page.

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