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Atom-based network appliance available in desktop or rackmount versions

Jan 17, 2011 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Acrosser is shipping two similar networking appliances built around Intel Atom D410 or D510 processors. The desktop AR-N6000 and the 1U rackmount AR-R6000 support up to 2GB DDR2 memory, and offer four gigabit Ethernet ports with LAN bypass, four USB 2.0 ports, dual SATA ports, and PCIe expansion, says the company.

The AR-N6000 is a desktop appliance measuring 9.53 x 5.83 x 1.34 inches, aimed at SOHO applications, while the AR-R6000 is a larger 1U rackmount platform measuring 17.32 x 13.39 x 1.73 inches, designed for 19-inch racks. The devices are otherwise very similar, differing only in some details involving storage, expansion, and power.

Both appliances are said to support UTM, IDS/IPS, VPN, firewall, anti-virus, anti-spam, RSA gateway, QoS, and "streaming" applications. In addition, the systems support DICOM and PACS medical applications, says the company.

Acrosser AR-N6000

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Both the systems support the Intel Atom single-core D410 or dual-core D510 processors, with up to 2GB of DDR2 memory, says Acrosser A CompactFlash slot is available, as well as dual SATA2 ports, and either a 2.5-inch hard disk drive bracket (AR-N6000) or 2.5-/3.5-inch bracket (AR-R6000). Both models offer Mini-PCI Express (PCIe) expansion, and the rackmount AR-R6000 also supplies a PCI slot, says Acrosser.

Rackmount AR-R6000, front and back

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Four gigabit Ethernet ports are provided, based on an Intel PCIe controller. One LAN bypass pair is supplied, as are additional advanced features including boot-from-LAN (see spec list below).

Both the AR-N6000 and AR-R6000 offer dual USB 2.0 ports plus two more onboard pin headers for a total of four USB 2.0 connections, says Acrosser. A serial port and GPIO are also supplied.

Features and specifications listed for the AR-N6000 and AR-R6000, with differences noted, include:

  • Processor — Intel Atom 1.66GHz single-core D410 or dual-core D510 with Intel ICH8M chipset
  • Memory — up to 2GB DDR2 667/800MHz via single SODIMM, with 1GB preinstalled
  • Expansion — 1 x Mini-PCI slot; 1 x PCI slot (AR-R6000)
  • Storage:
    • 2 x SATA2 ports
    • 1 x CompactFlash Type II
    • 1 x 2.5-inch HDD bracket (AR-N6000)
    • 1 x 2.5-/3.5-inch HDD bracket (AR-R6000)
  • Networking:
    • 4 x gigabit Ethernet ports (Intel 82574L; PCIe)
    • 1 x bypass pair
    • console redirect
    • boot-from-LAN
    • 802.1p (QoS) and 802.1q (VLAN)
    • IPv4 and IPv6 checksum offload
    • auto MDI-X
    • up to 256KB TCP segmentation
    • ACPI power saving control
    • 9KB Jumbo Frame support
  • Other I/O:
    • 1 x RS232 port
    • 2 x USB 2.0 ports with 2 x additional onboard pin headers
    • 8-bit digital I/O
    • PS/2 via pin header
  • Other features — 16 x 2 LCD module with 4 x buttons (AR-R6000)
  • Power (AR-N6000) — 12V DC 60W input
  • Power (AR-R6000) — internal 60W open frame power supply; input range 115V; AC 60Hz ~ 230V AC 50Hz
  • Operating temperature — 32 to 104 deg. F (0 to 40 deg. C)
  • Dimensions (AR-N6000) — 9.53 x 5.83 x 1.34 inches (242 x 148 x 34mm)
  • Dimensions (AR-R6000) — 17.32 x 13.39 x 1.73 inches (440 x 340 x 44mm); 1U rackmount
  • Operating system — Fedora 10 (Linux 2.6.27); Windows XP; Windows XP Embedded


The AR-N6000 and AR-R6000 are available now at an undisclosed price. More information may be found at Acrosser's AR-N6000 page and AR-R6000 page, respectively.

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