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Networking platform packs Intel EP80579

Posted: 09 Apr 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:network security  GbE ports  LAN bypass  communications design 


WIN Enterprises, Inc. has announced the availability of the PL-8000, a 1U rackmount networking and network security platform based on the Intel EP80579 Integrated Processor.

The Intel EP805179 is an SoC that integrates CPU, North Bridge, South Bridge, and optional Intel QuickAssist accelerator technology on a single chip. It offers more performance per watt and application specific performance in less space than three-chip solutions, offering either 600MHz or 1.2 GHz, a high bandwidth DDRII DIMM slot with memory up to 2GB, and a full set of VPN functions such as encryption, hashing and public/private key generation. Storage features include one 3.5" SATA HDD and CompactFlash.

The PL-8000 offers five GbE Copper and a maximum of 8 GbE Ethernet ports via PCI-E x1 or x4, accessible on the front-panel. To prevent network problems when the platform shuts down, the PL-8000 supports one segment of LAN bypass function through WDT and GPIO pin definitions.

The front panel has a USB 2.0 port, an RJ-45 console port, and LED indicators to monitor power and storage activities for system management, maintenance, and diagnostics. The PL-8000 supports two PCI-E by 4 slots. The unit is RoHS, FCC and CE compliant.

The onboard Intel EP80579 (Tolapai) integrated processor (at 600MHz and 1.2GHz) supports a maximum of 8 GbE ports with two segments bypass. A single-channel DDRII SODIMM supports up to 2 GB. There is one PCIe x4 expansion slot; one USB 2.0; one 3.5" SATA HDD bay; a CF socket and console port.

The PL-8000 is available as a COTS platform or can serve as the basis for a custom networking or communications design. Linux, Windows Embedded XP and FreeBSD are supported.

The PL-8000 is available now. Allow 6 to 8 weeks for delivery. Pricing for the unit with onboard processor begins at Rs.21,627.85 ($435) in OEM quantities.

-Toni McConnel

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