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Compact networking appliance offers optional Wi-Fi, SATA storage

Nov 10, 2011 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

Win Enterprises announced a fanless, 9.4 x 6.0 x 1.6-inch networking security appliance based on Freescale QorIQ P1015E or dual-core P1024E processors clocked from 400 to667MHz. The PL-80380 offers up to 1GB of DDR3 RAM, up to 4GB flash, a CompactFlash socket, dual gigabit Ethernet ports and four gigabit switch ports, plus optional SATA storage and Wi-Fi.

The PL-80380 is the latest in a series of PL-branded networking appliances from Win Enterprises. Recent entries have included the Atom-based, 1U rackmount PL-80300 and rugged, Atom-based PL-80190.

Designed primarily for the SOHO (small office, home office) market, the PL-80380 lacks PL-80300 features such as multiple PCI and PCI Express options, multiple USB ports, or an LCD display. However, it measures just 9.4 x 6.0 x 1.6 inches, about half the size of its Atom-based sibling.

Win Enterprises PL-80380

The PL-80380 incorporates Freescale's PowerPC based, single-core QorIQ P1015E or dual-core QorIQ P1024E processor. These new variants of the lower-end QorIQ P1010 and P1020 line of QorIQs are paired on a single Freescale product page and data sheet.

Freescale touts the processors for their power management, DDR3 support, and integrated security engine. The latter is said to support cryptographic algorithms commonly used in IPsec, SSL, 3GPP, and other networking and wireless security protocols.

Block diagram for single-core QorIQ P1015E and dual-core QorIQ P1024E
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The two QorIQ system on chips (SoCs) appear to be identical except for the number of cores. Both can be clocked between 400MHz and 667MHz, and ship with 256KB of L2 cache with ECC, says Freescale. The SoCs feature three gigabit Ethernet controllers, four SerDes controllers, and dual USB controllers, among other I/O.

The PL-80380 offers a base level of 512MB of DDR3 memory, upgradable to 1GB, and provides 1GB of NAND flash, expandable to 4GB, says Win Enterprises. A CompactFlash socket is standard, and an internal SATA port is optional along with a hard disk drive (HDD) for the available 2.5-inch bay, says the company.

PL-80380, back panel

A Mini PCI Express slot is optional, as is the Wi-Fi module that plugs into it, says Win Enterprises. The Wi-Fi option comes with dual antennas.

The PL-80380 ships with dual gigabit Ethernet LAN ports with bypass function, as well as four Ethernet gigabit Ethernet switch ports, says the company. Each Ethernet interface is paired with an LED indicator for monitoring activity and data transfer rate. Other back-panel I/O includes a USB 2.0 port and serial console port.

PL-80380 detail

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No operating system support is listed for the PL-80380, but Freescale's QorIQ processors all offer Linux support.

Features and specifications listed for the PL-80380 include:

  • Processor — Freescale QorIQ P1015E or P1024E
  • Memory:
    • 512MB of DDR3 677MHz RAM, expandable to 1GB
    • 1MB SPI flash, expandable to 8MB
    • 32MB NOR flash
    • 1GB NAND flash, expandable to 4GB
  • Storage — CompactFlash socket; optional SATA port and 2.5-inch HDD bay
  • Expansion — optional internal mini-PCI Express slot
  • Networking — 2 x gigabit Ethernet ports (one pair bypass between LAN1 and LAN2) ; 4 x gigabit Ethernet switch ports
  • Wireless — optional Wi-Fi with 2 x antennas
  • Other I/O — serial RJ45 port (COM1); USB 2.0 port
  • Other features — LEDs (power, HDD, bypass, WLAN, 6 x LAN)
  • Dimensions — 9.4 x 6.0 x 1.6 inches (240 x 152 x 40mm)
  • Power — 25W power adaptor (+5V/5A); optional +12V DC in
  • Operating temperature — 32 to 104 deg. F (0 to 40 deg. C)


No pricing or availability information was available for the PL-80380. More information may be found at Win Enterprises' PL-80380 product page.

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