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SMB network appliance supports Core i7

Aug 26, 2010 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 12 views

Axiomtek announced its first network appliance incorporating Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 processors. The Linux-ready NA-510 uses a 1U-height form factor, and is equipped with an Intel Q57 Express chipset, 8GB of DDR3 memory, MiniPCI or PCIe expansion, dual 2.5-inch SATA drives, and eight gigabit Ethernet ports, with two pairs supporting LAN bypass.

The rackmountable NA-510 is aimed at SOHO and small to medium businesses that need to implement network security applications such as VPN, UTM, and firewalls, says Axiomtek. The device is one of a few network appliances that support the Core i3, i5, and i7 processors announced by Intel in January. (Another one is the six-port Win Enterprises PL-80160 we reported on yesterday, which uses a taller 2U format instead of the NA-510's 1U profile.)

Axiomtek NA-510

Like the Win Enterprises model, the NA-510 supports the new Core CPUs via an LGA1156 socket, but it supplies the Intel Q57 Express chipset instead of the PL-80160's Intel 3450 chipset. In addition, the appliance offers Intel's Active Management Technology (iAMT) 6.0 which supports "enhanced security and remote access for easier maintenance," says Axiomtek.

Also like the PL-80160, the NA-510 supports DDR3 memory, but its dual SIMMs provide only half the capacity. The NA-510 is said to support up to 8GB of unbuffered, non-ECC DDR3 memory.

NA-510, rear view

For storage, the NA-510 supplies a CompactFlash slot or an optional SATA II DOM (disk on module), says Axiomtek. The appliance additionally supports either two 2.5-inch SATA hard disk drives (HDDs) or one 3.5-inch HDD, says the company.

Storage and peripheral expansion is available via two front-facing USB ports, as well as an unlisted number of additional USB ports via internal pin headers. More peripheral expansion is available via either a MiniPCI slot or a PCI Express (PCIe) x8 slot, says Axiomtek. An RJ-45 console port is also said to be supplied, supporting the NA-510's BIOS redirection feature.

The main course here is gigabit Ethernet, available via eight ports, with either Intel 82574L or Intel 82578DM controllers available. Two of the pairs support LAN bypass via WDT and GPIO pin definition "without any downtime," says the company. Additional features are said to include a watchdog timer, as well as front-facing LED indicators.

The 16.93 x 15.43 x 1.73-inch (430 x 392 x 44mm) 1U device can be rackmounted, and is equipped with a 270-Watt ATX power supply, says Axiomtek. The appliance is said to support temperatures of 32 to 113 deg. F (0 to 45 deg. C). Operating system support is listed for Linux 2.4 and 2.6, as well as FreeBSD.


The NA-510 will be available around the end of September, says Axiomtek, which did not release pricing. More information and a datasheet may be found here.

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