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Entry-level LAN appliance has dedicated reset button

Dec 07, 2010, 07:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Angel)

"Portwell announced an entry-level, rackmountable network appliance featuring Intel's Atom D510, D410, or N450 CPUs. The CAR-1000 comes with six gigabit Ethernet ports, hard disk or CompactFlash storage, a Mini PCI Express slot, and a reset button for quickly loading default settings, the company says.

"Portwell's CAR-1000 appears to be the entry-level model in a series of rackmountable network appliances that has previously included more upscale devices -- the CAR-3000 and CAR-5000, for example. The company says its new baby employs Intel's ICH-8M I/O controller and supports the three "Pineview" Atom CPUs shown in the chart below.

"Resulting power consumption varies, as the chart makes very clear. According to Portwell, when the D510 or D410 are used, the CAR-1000 supports up to 4GB of RAM via its two DIMM slots, but the N450 supports only 2GB. (In compensation, the N450 permits fanless operation, whereas the higher-power processors do not.) "

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