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Linux-powered SBC targets network storage apps

Oct 27, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 12 views

Team ASA is shipping a network storage-oriented SBC (single-board computer) featuring integrated hardware encryption and data compression. The NPWR-SAI is based on an Intel storage processor, comes pre-loaded with Linux 2.6.13, and targets CD-bay-sized removable storage devices with transparent encryption and compression,… according to the company.

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The NPWR-SAI measures 4 x 6.5 inches, a compact footprint enabling it to “fit easily” into 3.5-inch drive bays, and “most” 3.5-inch disk enclosures, according to Team ASA. Thus, a company could use the board to build storage devices with integrated encryption and compression capabilities.

The NPWR-SAI is based on an Intel 80321 processor clocked at 600MHz. It also has a Hifn 7956 security co-processor, running at 66MHz. The co-processor supports “numerous” data encryption and compression schemes, Team ASA says.

The NPWR-SAI supports 64MB to 512MB of 266MHz DDR SDRAM, and 8MB-16MB of flash. I/O includes:

  • 2 x gigabit Ethernet ports
  • 4 x SATA ports
  • 1 x USB 2.0 device port
  • 1 x serial port

The NPWR-SAI's flash storage memory comes pre-loaded with an OS based on a 2.6.13 Linux kernel. The board also comes with a CD containing open-source software binaries, such as Samba, NetAtalk (Appletalk clone), and Apache.

Team ASA President Mark Murray stated, “The NPWR-SAI gives developers the ability to create encrypted networks, storage arrays, and encrypted removable media. The NPWR-SAI's compression capabilities will double the data density of our customers storage arrays.”


The NPWR-SAI is “available and in production,” Team ASA says, priced at $700.

Team ASA also offers a Linux PC that fits in a CD drive bay.

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