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Atom-powered LAN appliance has ten ports

Oct 18, 2011 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 4 views

Axiomtek announced a rackmountable, 1U network appliance that uses Intel Atom D425 or D525 processors and provides ten gigabit Ethernet ports. The NA-330 includes both hard disk and CompactFlash storage, accepts up to 4GB of RAM, and has a PCI Express Mini Card expansion slot, the company says.

Obviously aimed at small or medium-sized businesses, the NA-330 is a little more powerful than the similarly rackmountable NA-320R Axiomtek released in September. That device employed the single-core Atom D410 or dual-core Atom D510, whereas the new box steps up to the Atom D425 or D525, both clocked at 1.8GHz and featuring 10-Watt TDPs.

Axiomtek's NA-330

According to Axiomtek, the NA-330 (above) is suitable for VPN, firewall, and other network security applications. It has ten gigabit Ethernet ports, two of which can optionally include SFP (Small Form-Factor Pluggable) connectors so that fiber-optic cables can be connected. LAN bypass capabilities are also cited, though without word on how many of the ports this applies to.

Equipped with Intel's ICH8M I/O controller, the NA-330 is expandable to 4GB of DDR3 memory. Fixed storage can be provided by one or two 2.5-inch hard disk drives, a single 3.5-inch hard disk drive, or a CompactFlash Type II slot.

The rear panel of the NA-330 includes outlets for its dual fans as well as a standard IEC connector for AC power. Everything else is up front: status LEDs, the ten Ethernet ports already mentioned, two USB 2.0 ports, and a serial console port with its own RJ45 connector.

According to Axiomtek, the NA-330 also includes a PCI Express Mini Card slot, presumably intended primarily for installation of a wireless networking card. Equipped with a watchdog timer, the device may be operated in temperatures from 32 to 113 deg. F, the company adds.

Features and specifications listed by Axiomtek for the NA-330 include:

  • Processor — Intel Atom D425 or D525, both clocked at 1.8 GHz
  • Chipset — Intel ICH8M
  • Memory — up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM
  • Storage — 2 x 2.5-inch bays or 1 x 3.5-inch bay for SATA hard disk drive; Type II CompactFlash slot
  • Expansion — 1 x PCI Express Mini Card slot
  • Networking — 10 x gigabit Ethernet, with configurable LAN bypass and option of two SFP ports
  • Other I/O:
    • serial console port with RJ45 connector
    • 2 x USB 2.0
  • Power — 110~240VAC; 84 Watts
  • Operating range — 32 to 113 deg. F
  • Dimensions — 16.93 x 10.03 x 1.73 inches
  • Weight — 7.27 pounds

Further information

According to Axiomtek, operating system support for the NA-330 includes Linux 2.4 and Linux 2.6. Windows support was not detailed, but of course may be taken for granted due to the device's use of a familiar Intel chipset.

While it did not cite pricing, Axiomtek says the NA-330 will be available in November. More information may be found on the NA-330 product page.

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