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Mar 21, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 26 views

Axiomtek is shipping a 1U rack-mountable network appliance platform targeting small- and medium-sized businesses. The NA-820 provides seven gigabit Ethernet ports, supports Intel Core 2 Duo processors, and is available with support for Linux 2.4 and 2.6, according to the company.

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The NA-820 comes with seven gigabit Ethernet ports interfaced via PCI-Express, according to Axiomtek. The device supports two groups of LAN by-pass function through watchdog timer and GPIO pin definitions. The system's Intel 82573 LAN chips support fail-over, load-sharing, and load-balancing functions.

The system provides four USB 2.0 ports — two on the front panel, and two internally on pin headers. An RS232 DB9 console port is also available on the front panel; the BIOS can be be redirected to the console port for headless operation, the company says.

The system accommodates a 2.5-inch IDE or SATA hard drive, as well as CompactFlash. A 32-bit, 33 MHz Mini PCI slot allows for system expansion.

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The NA-820 is based on Axiomtek's SBC8A820 SBC (single-board computer). The SBC provides an LGA775 CPU socket, which supports Pentium 4, Pentium D, and Core 2 duo processors, and incorporates a 945G+ICH7R chipset. Two DDR2 DIMM sockets support up to 4 GB of unbuffered non-ECC memory.

Other features of the 8-layer SBC8A820 SBC, according to Axiomtek, include:

  • Storage:
    • 4 x ATA 66/100 EIDE channels
    • 4 x S-ATA II channels, with support for RAID 0, 1, 0+1
    • CompactFlash socket
  • I/O ports:
    • 7 x gigabit Ethernet
    • 4 x USB 2.0
    • 2 x serial
    • PS/2 keyboard and mouse
    • VGA connector
  • Expansion:
    • 32-bit, 33 MHz PCI slot
    • 32-bit, 33 MHz Mini PCI slot
  • Dimensions — 12 x 9.6 inches (305 x 244 mm)
  • ATX power connector

In addition to Linux 2.4 and 2.6, the NA-820 appliance and its internal SBC8A820 also support Windows CE and Windows XP Embedded.

Both the NA-820 network appliance platform and the SBC8A820 SBC are immediately available, according to Axiomtek Pricing was not disclosed.

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