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Dutch firm ships Linux-based rack-mount ADK

Jan 23, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

Netherlands-based systems integrator Deciso is shipping a 1U Appliance Development Kit (ADK) for routers, firewalls, and other rack-mounted network appliances. Based on PC Engines' ALIX single-board computer (SBC), the 19″ ADK comes preinstalled with Voyage Linux.

(Click for a slightly larger view of the Deciso 19″ ADK)

PC Engines' ALIX is the heir to the company's venerable WRAP board, said to be a favorite of DIY aficionados building x86-based Linux routers and firewalls. The SBC ships with either a 433MHz or 500MHz AMD Geode LX, and either 128MB or 256MB of DDR SDRAM (333/400MHz).

The ALIX offers an LPC bus for adding serial ports, ISA-style I/O, GPIO, and an I2C bus, says PC Engines. The ALIX is also equipped with a serial port console, one to three Ethernet channels (Via VT6105M), and one or two miniPCI slots.

The board supports a variety of Linux distros, including:

Deciso's ALIX implementation in the 19″ ADK includes the 433MHz processor, 128MB of RAM, and a 128MB industrial CompactFlash card. The device is equipped with three Ethernet ports and a serial console. It offers the ability to add a PCI card (using a supplied riser card), as well as a miniPCI card and a 2.5-inch hard disk. The fanless system is said to draw less than 8 Watts of power.

Specifications for Deciso's 19″ ADK include:

  • Processor — 433 MHz AMD Geode LX700
  • Memory — 128MB DDR DRAM
  • Flash — 128MB (industrial card)
  • Ethernet — 3 x 10/100Mb/s
  • Serial — 1 x console port
  • Dimensions — 19 x 1.8 x 8 inches (484 x 45.4 x 204 mm)
  • Power input — AC 100-240V 50/60Hz
  • Power output — DC 12V, 1.2A max
  • Typical power consumption — <8 W

In addition to this Voyage Linux-based version of the 19″ ADK, Deciso also sells versions for Asterisk (IP-based PBX), the FreeBSD-based Monowall (firewall), and PfSense (VPN). Linux developers can customize the appliance's set-up with development tools available at Voyage Linux.

In August, HeroLogic shipped a system called the HL-463, which appears to compete with systems based on the ALIX board, as well as its chief rival in the embedded Linux world, the Soekris net5501. The WiFi-enabled HL-463 is based on a 333MHz AMD GX466 processor.


The 19″ ADK is now available from Deciso for 279 Euros (approximately $400 U.S.). More information can be found here.

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