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Entry-level LAN appliance has dedicated reset button

Dec 3, 2010 — by Jonathan Angel — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 3 views

Portwell announced an entry-level, rackmountable network appliance featuring Intel's Atom D510, D410, or N450 CPUs. The CAR-1000 comes with six gigabit Ethernet ports, hard disk or CompactFlash storage, a Mini PCI Express slot, and a reset button for quickly loading default settings, the company says.

Portwell's CAR-1000 appears to be the entry-level model in a series of rackmountable network appliances that has previously included more upscale devices — the CAR-3000 and CAR-5000, for example. The company says its new baby employs Intel's ICH-8M I/O controller and supports the three "Pineview" Atom CPUs shown in the chart below.

Clock speed Cores Second-level cache Memory (DDR2) TDP
N450 1.66GHz 1 512KB 667MHz 5.5 Watts
D410 1.66GHz 1 512KB 667/800MHz


10 Watts
D510 1.66GHz 2 1MB 667/800MHz 13 Watts

The Pineview CPUs supported by Portwell's CAR-1000

Resulting power consumption varies, as the chart makes very clear. According to Portwell, when the D510 or D410 are used, the CAR-1000 supports up to 4GB of RAM via its two DIMM slots, but the N450 supports only 2GB. (In compensation, the N450 permits fanless operation, whereas the higher-power processors do not.)

All three CPUs include onboard graphics capabilities, but the CAR-1000 doesn't tap into these except when an optional VGA port is installed. The device includes an RJ45 connector for a serial console, which is its normal mode of operation.


Portwell's CAR-1000
(Click to enlarge)

The CAR-1000 (above) otherwise offers six gigabit Ethernet ports (two with LAN bypass), two front-mounted USB 2.0 ports, and the option of two more USB ports on its rear panel. The appliance also has LEDs to monitor power and hard disk status, plus what — though it wasn't mentioned by Portwell — appears to be a backlit character display.

Internally, the CAR-1000 is capable of supporting a 2.5- or 3.5-inch SATA hard disk drive, and also includes a CompactFlash socket, according to Portwell. The company's data sheet also cites a Mini PCI Express slot, but does not list the half-height, half-size PCI slot that is twice touted in a separate PR release.

"Unlike commercial motherboard-based systems," the PR release also claims, the CAR-1000 includes a reset button that can be used to return the device to the manufacturer's default settings. Equipped with an 80-Watt power supply, the device works in temperatures ranging from 41 to 104 deg. F, the company adds.

Features and specifications listed by Portwell for the CAR-1000 include:

  • Processor — Intel Atom D510, D410, or N450
  • Chipset — ICH-8M
  • Memory — 2 DIMM slots support 4GB of DDR2 RAM with D510/D410, or 2GB with N450
  • Storage — HDD bay supports 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch SATA drives; 40-pin IDE connector; CompactFlash slot
  • Expansion:
    • Mini PCI Express slot
    • PCI slot (claimed by PR but not on data sheet)
  • Networking — 6 x gigabit Ethernet (2 with LAN bypass)
  • Other I/O:
    • 2 x USB 2.0 on front panel
    • 2 x USB 2.0 on rear panel (optional)
    • RJ45 port for serial console
    • VGA port (optional)
  • Power — 80W power supply
  • Operating temperature — 41 to 104 deg. F (5 to 40 deg. C)
  • Dimensions — 16.83 x 10.04 x 1.73 inches
  • Weight — n/s

Further information

Portwell did not detail operating system support or pricing for the CAR-1000, but the device appears to be available now. More information may be found on the company's website, here.


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