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LAN appliance hosts CPUs up to 3GHz

Dec 16, 2009 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 31 views

Lanner announced a Linux-ready network appliance that sports up to 8GB of RAM and seven Ethernet ports. Featuring LAN bypass on two of its ports, the FW-7580 supports a variety of Intel CPUs, has a 40-character front panel display, and offers both hard disk and CompactFlash storage, the company says.

Lanner recently announced a compact "desktop" network appliance based on an Intel Atom processor, the FW-7530. The new FW-7580 shows what can be accomplished with a larger 1U form factor, and with a chipset that supports a variety of CPUs.

The chipset in question is Intel's G41 northbridge and ICH7R southbridge, offering a maximum clock speed of 3.0GHz and frontside bus speeds of 800MHz, 1066MHz, or 1333MHz, according to the company. Lanner says the device can support a variety of CPUs using Intel's LGA775 socket, including Core 2 Duo, Pentium D, and Celeron processors.

According to Lanner, a pair of 240-pin DIMM sockets on the FW-7580 supports up to 8GB of DDR2 memory. Mass storage, meanwhile, can be provided by either a SATA-interfaced, 2.5-inch hard disk drive or by a Type II CompactFlash slot, the company notes.

The FW-7580 has seven Ethernet ports, six of them capable of gigabit speeds via Intel 82547L controllers, and one 10/100 port using Intel's 82562DM controller, Lanner says. The company adds that two ports support LAN bypass functionality, in case of system failure.

Lanner's FW-7580

The device's front panel, pictured above, also sports two USB 2.0 ports and another RJ45 connector that is intended for connection of a serial console. The system provides a 20 x 2 character display, suitable for displaying system status messages, Lanner adds.

Unlike some network appliances, the FW-7580 lacks a VGA port. However, it includes a PCI Express x8 expansion slot, according to the company. Operating system support is said to encompass Linux, Windows, OpenBSD, and FreeBSD.

Features and specifications listed by Lanner for the FW-7580 include the following:

  • Processor — LGA 775 socket supports Core 2 Duo, Pentium D, or Celeron processors up to 3.0GHz
  • Chipset — G41 northbridge and ICH7R southbridge
  • Display — serial console only
  • Storage — accepts 2.5-inch, SATA hard disk drive and CompactFlash
  • Expansion — PCI Express x8 slot
  • Networking — 6 x gigabit Ethernet ports (82574L) and 1 x 10/100 Ethernet (85262DM), with optional bypass on one pair
  • Other I/O:
    • 1 x RJ45 for serial console
    • 2 x USB 2.0
  • Power requirements — 220 Watt ATX power supply
  • Operating temperature — 32 to 104 deg. F (0 to 40 deg. C)
  • Dimensions — 17 x 10.9 x 1.7 inches (431 x 276 x 44.4mm)
  • Weight — 15.4 pounds (7kg)


Pricing for the FW-7580 wasn't detailed, but the device appears to be available now. More information may be found on Lanner's website, here.

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