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Ultra-low power network appliance platform runs Linux

Jul 7, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 9 views

ARinfotek is shipping an entry-level, fanless network security appliance platform said to draw just 2.4 Watts. The Teak 3011 is based on an x86-compatible AMD Geode processor, comes housed in a compact steel chassis, and targets security appliances for SMBs (small- and medium-sized businesses).

(Click for slightly larger view of Teak 3011)

The Teak 3011 is based on an AMD LX800 and CS5536 companion chip. It supports DDR 266/400 RAM, and comes standard with 128MB, expandable to 512MB. It can boot from an internal CompactFlash slot, and also has a drive bay for a 2.5-inch hard drive or DiskOnChip flash module, according to ARinfotek.

The Teak 3011 has four auto-sensing 10/100 Ethernet ports based on Intel 82551ER chipsets. Two ports have “bypass” functions “to keep your network working if the appliance is out of order,” ARinfotek says.

Other features include a front-panel mounted RS-232 port on a DB-9 connector, a PCI slot supporting crypto or other add-in expansion cards, and a pair of USB 2.0 ports.

The Teak 3011 measures 10.8 x 5.7 x 1.7 inches (275 x 144.5 x 43.5mm), and comes with a 20 Watt external power adapter.

ARinfotek says its Teak 3011 appliance has passed “strict safety verification,” and can provide a reliable and complete platform on which to base embedded network appliances.


The Teak 3011 appears to be available now. Pricing was not disclosed. ARinfotek also offers a three-port 3010 model, along with a wireless-enabled 3018 model. And, the company offers a family of industrial computing platforms that run uClinux.

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