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Network security appliances use Atom N270

Jun 19, 2009 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 83 views

AR Infotek has employed Intel's Atom N270 to create three different, fanless network security appliances. The Teak 3030, 3031, and 3035L all include four gigabit Ethernet connectors, LAN bypass functionality, CompactFlash storage, and DB9 ports for serial consoles, the company says.

(Click here for a larger view of AR Infotek's Teak 3030)

Intel's Atom N270 doesn't come in cereal boxes yet, but we've seen it pretty much everywhere else. Now, instead of using the Intel EP80579 system-on-chip (SoC) that's been cropping up in other security appliances recently, AR Infotek has put the Atom into service here too.

The Teak 3030, 3031, and 3035L are all quite similar, offering the expected 945GSE northbridge, ICH7M southbridge, up to 1.5GB of memory, and four Intel 82547L gigabit Ethernet ports. Two of the gigabit Ethernet ports on each device may be configured to offer LAN bypass functionality when the security appliances are turned off, says AR Infotek.

All three devices come with CompactFlash slots to hold their operating systems, BIOSes that support console redirection, and DB9 serial ports for console connection. Also, all include internal VGA and RS232 pin headers, according to the company.

Where the security appliances differ is that the 3030, pictured at the top of our story and the 3031 (not shown) share a 10.82 x 7.08 x 1.71 inch (275 x 180 x 43.5mm) form factor; meanwhile, the 1U 3035L (below) measures 16.77 x 9 x 1.71 inches (426.2 x 228.6 x 43.5mm). The 3030 and 3031 are available with 2.5-inch hard disk drive (HDD) bays and Mini PCI slots. The 3035L, on the other hand, has room for a 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch HDD, and an optional 32-bit PCI slot.

AR Infotek's Teak 3035L
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The 3035L also includes an additional fast Ethernet port (Intel 82551ER), AR Infotek says. Another key difference on the 3035L is that it incorporates a power supply accepting AC input (90 to 264 Volts) directly, whereas the 3030 and 3031 take 5VDC input from an external power brick. All three devices include programmable watchdog timers and system status LEDs, the company adds.

AR Infotek didn't specify which Linux distros the Teak 3030, 3031, and 3035L are designed to run. However, the company says the devices come with Linux drivers that support their system status LEDs, watchdog timers, LAN bypass, and push-button shutdown functionality.

Features and specifications listed by AR Infotek for the Teak 3030, 3031, and 3035L include:

  • Processor — Intel Atom N270 clocked at 1.6GHz
  • Memory — Up to 1.5GB of non-ECC DDR2 RAM
  • Storage:
    • CompactFlash slot (all models)
    • 2.5-inch HDD bay (available option on 3030, standard on 3031 and 3035L)
    • 3.5-inch HDD bay (available option on 3035L only)

  • Networking:
    • 4 x gigabit Ethernet (all models)
    • 1 x fast Ethernet (3035L only)

  • Other I/O:
    • DB9 port for serial console
    • PS/2 interface for keyboard/mouse (pin header)
    • 1 x VGA (pin header)
    • 1 x RS232 (pin header)

  • Operating temperature — 32 to 104 deg. F (0 to 40 deg. C)
  • Power supply:
    • 3030 and 3031 — 5VDC, via 20W AC adapter
    • 3035L — 90 to 265VAC

  • Dimensions:
    • 3030 and 3031 — 10.82 x 7.08 x 1.71 inches (275 x 180 x 43.5mm)
    • 3035L — 16.77 x 9 x 1.71 inches (426.2 x 228.6 x 43.5mm)

  • Weight — n/s

Further information

AR Infotek did not provide specifics about pricing or availability for the Teak 3030, 3031, and 3035L. More information may be found on the company's website, here, here, and here, respectively.

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