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Embedded Linux box fits into CD drive bay

Sep 30, 2005 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 24 views

Team ASA is shipping an XScale-based Linux system designed to fit in a CD drive bay. The NPWR-SCE is based on an Intel storage processor, sports dual gigabit-Ethernet ports and a removable SATA hard drive, and targets military and EMS vehicles, NAS, iSCSI controllers, web servers, and “embedded Linux engines,” the… company says.

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According to Team ASA, the NPWR-SCE can be installed in any PC with an open 5.25-inch half-height drive bay. The 5 x 8 inch steel case has dual cooling fans, and will maintain air flow “even in the tightest configurations,” the company claims.

The NPWR-SCE offers an impressive complement of I/O, along with dual fans and a jumper to set the SCSI ID
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The NPWR-SCE is based on Intel's 80321 (Verde) processor, a chip Team ASA has previously used in SBCs (single-board computers) targeting storage appliances based on Linux. Intel appears to have rebranded the 80321 as the IOP321 (I/O processor 321) in recent iterations. Embedded Linux development tools are available for the IOP321/80321 from both TimeSys and LynuxWorks.

The NPWR-SCE comes stock with a removable 160GB SATA drive
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Claimed features and specifications for the NPWR-SCE include:

  • Processor
    • Intel 80321 XScale CPU, clocked at 600 MHz
  • Memory
    • 64 to 2048 MB of DDR-233 SDRAM
    • 16-32MB of Flash with Linux or NetBSD OS
  • Storage
    • Removable 160GB SATA hard drive
  • I/O
    • 2 x gigabit Ethernet ports
    • 4 x 41.5Gbps SATA (serial ATA) ports
    • 2 x SCSI-160 channels with 68-pin ports
    • 16550 UART with RS-232 port
    • Battery-backed RTC (real-time clock) and 19-bit timer
  • Linux/open source CD
    • Samba (Windows networking)
    • NetAtalk (Macintosh networking)
    • iSCSI drivers
    • Apache webserver

The NPWR-SCE requires a 3 amp, 5V DC power source, and draws 15 Watts, Team ASA says.

President Mark Murray said, “[The NPWR-SCE] has all the best features of the NPWR-SC board, but in a rugged stainless steel case with a removable hard drive.”


The NPWR-SCE is shipping now, priced at $595 in quantities of 1,000, with 256MB of RAM and a 160GB SATA drive.

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