The dual 10GbE network appliance runs mainline Linux on octa-core LS1088AA


Traverse Applied sciences’ $579 “Ten64” networking equipment runs mainline Linux on NXP’s octa-core -A53 LS1088A and gives as much as 32GB DDR4, 2x M.2, 2x mini-PCIe, and individually controllable 8x GbE and 2x 10GbE SFP+ ports.

Traverse Applied sciences has gone to Crowd Provide to launch {a partially} open supply, $579 networking equipment with 8x GbE and 2x 10GbE SFP+ ports. The Ten64 runs mainline Linux 5.0+ on NXP’s 1.5GHz, octa-core Cortex-A53 Layerscape LS1088A, which has appeared on merchandise together with X-ES’ XPedite6370 VPX SBC.

Ten64 entrance and facet views
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The Ten64 is designed for 4G/5G gateways, native edge gateways, IoT gateways, and network-attached-storage (NAS) functions, in addition to companion methods to an NBASE-T-capable wi-fi entry level. Traverse, which is predicated in Melbourne, Australia and Auckland New Zealand, touts the system for providing particular person controllers for its community ports as a substitute of a switched configuration, thereby enabling the isolation of particular gadgets.

The Ten64 is over a 3rd the best way towards its $60,000 Crowd Provide funding aim, with 42 days left. Shipments are due Feb. 28, 2021. Along with the “deeply discounted,” $579 Ten64 Full Equipment, which incorporates an assembled unit with 60W provide, cables, and microSD card, there’s a $70 NAS DIY Equipment that provides an M.2-based SATA controller (see farther under).

Traverse compares the Ten64 with CZ.NIC’s Turris Omnia, a much less superior router equipment with a 1.6GHz dual-core Marvell Armada-385 and 5x GbE ports, in addition to SolidRun’s MacchiatoBIN with a quad -A72 Armada 8040 plus GbE, 2.5GbE, and twin 10GbE ports. Whereas these are each extra absolutely open supply {hardware} designs, the Ten64 goes partway there, promising a PDF of the schematics and a PCB placement diagram.

Traverse additionally compares its Ten64 with industrial, Intel-based networking merchandise equivalent to Qnap’s NAS-oriented, Gemini Lake Refresh based mostly TS-253D with twin 2.4GbE ports and 802.11ax help and SuperMicro’s Broadwell Xeon-D based mostly SuperServer E300-8D with 2x 10GbE SFP+ and 6x GbE ports. There are a selection of Atom C3000-based methods with related configurations, equivalent to Advantech’s FWA-1112VC, though the Ten64 is the primary we now have lined with 2x 10GbE SFP+ and 8x GbE.

Contained in the Ten64

The 200 x 200 x 45mm Ten64 is constructed round a 175 x 170mm mainboard that’s appropriate with Mini-ITX enclosures. The LS1088 is supported with 4GB to 32GB DDR4-2100 by way of twin sockets with optionally available ECC RAM. Different reminiscences embody 8MB NOR and 256MB NAND.

Ten64 exhibiting mainboard (left) and block diagram
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Storage options embody a microSD slot and an M.2 M-key slot with PCIe 3.Zero x2 that helps optionally available NVMe drives beginning with a $56 SanDisk 128GB module. For wi-fi growth, there are 2x full-size mini-PCIe slots with PCIe 2.Zero for as much as 802.11ac, in addition to an M.2 B-key slot (PCIe 3.Zero x1 and USB 3.0) for as much as 5G. Twin nano-SIM slots are built-into the microSD slot, and there are 11 antenna mounts.

The Ten64 provides 2 x USB 3.Zero ports and a 3rd USB 3.Zero inside header plus a USB Sort-C serial console. The system runs on a 12VDC enter and gives typical base consumption underneath 20W. A cooling fan can also be a part of the package deal.

NAS DIY Equipment
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The optionally available NAS DIY Equipment is designed to transform your Ten64 right into a storage server by loading a Marvell 9215 based mostly four-port SATA controller onto the M.2 B-key. The package consists of an ATX energy adapter, heatsink fan, and I/O faceplate. Prospects might want to carry their very own Mini-ITX enclosure.

Supply code might be posted for the Ten64’s OpenWrt stack with mainline Linux 5.0+, ARM Trusted Firmware, and U-Boot, There may be additionally open supply μVirt virtualization host firmware constructed on OpenWrt.

Different parts embody restoration firmware and a naked metallic equipment retailer for downloading distribution photos, partitioning an NVMe drive, chroot, and extra. Regardless of supporting ARM Embedded Boot Base specification (EBBR), Ten64 might have some preliminary compatibility points with some Linux distros as a result of it is likely one of the first methods to implement NXP’s proprietary DPAA2 Administration Complicated Firmware binary.

The Ten64 was initially revealed by Hackster Information, which posted an Oct. 1 replace with the Crowd Provide launch information.

Additional info

The Ten64 is out there on Crowd Provide into mid-November for $579, with free delivery to the US and $40 elsewhere. The NAS DIY Equipment prices $70. Shipments are due Feb. 28, 2021. Extra info could also be discovered on the Ten64 Crowd Provide web page and Traverse Applied sciences web site

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