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No-frills networking appliance runs Linux on Apollo Lake

Jun 23, 2017 — by Eric Brown — 1,464 views
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Win Enterprises unveiled a “PL-81210” networking appliance that runs Linux on a dual-core Atom x5-E3930, and offers mini-PCIe, mSATA, and up to 4x GbE.

Win Enterprises has launched a low-end networking appliance with three or four Gigabit Ethernet ports, a WAN port, and mini-PCIe expansion. The fanless, PL-81210 runs Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.4 on a dual-core Intel Atom x5-E3930 from the most recent Apollo Lake generation.



PL-81210, front and back (showing 4x GbE version)
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While the Atom x5-E3930 is the only part listed on the product page, a Win Enterprises rep told us an optional model with the similar, dual-core Apollo Lake Celeron N3350 will actually be available first in “early Q3 2017,” while “other CPUs” would be available in Q4. Since the x5-E3930 and Celeron N3350 are the only dual-core Apollo Lakes, this would suggest that the quad-core Atom x7-E3950, x5-E3940, or Pentium N4200 might also be available. The block diagram also shows a choice of dual or quad-core SoCs.


PL-81210 block diagram
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The PL-81210 supports up to 8GB DDR3L, and provides 8GB eMMC and an mSATA socket for storage. You also get dual USB 3.0 ports, build optional HDMI, and a rest button. The block diagram shows an LPC/Super IO interface that drives the WAN/console port, as well as a COM2, watchdog, and LED. However, only the console port is mentioned in the datasheet, which specifically notes the lack of an LED.


MB-81210 motherboard
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The 124 x 120 x 19mm PL-81210 is built around a MB-81210 motherboard that will eventually be offered as a board-level product, according to the Win Enterprises rep. The 116 x 111mm MB-81210 motherboard’s processor is mounted on the reverse side of the board, and therefore is not shown in the photo above.

Specifications listed for the PL-81210 include:

  • Processor — Intel Atom x5-E3930 or Celeron N3350 (2x Apollo Lake cores @ 1.3GHz/1.8GHz or 1.1GHz/2.4GHz, with 6.5W or 6W TDPs, respectively)
  • Memory — Up to 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz
  • Storage — 8GB eMMC; half-size mSATA
  • Networking — 3x or 4x GbE ports
  • Other I/O:
    • Serial console (WAN) RJ45 port
    • 2x USB 3.0 ports
    • Optional HDMI port (build option)
  • Expansion — Mini-PCIe (full-size) slot
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 40°C
  • Power — DC 12V, 3.3A 40W power adapter (Level VI); reset button
  • Dimensions — 124.3 x 119.6 x 19.4mm
  • Operating system — Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4

 
Further information

The PL-81210 will be available with the optional Celeron N3350 in early Q3 2017, and with the default x5-E3930 and other Apollo Lake models in Q4. More information may be found at the Win Enterprises PL-81210 product page.
 

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One response to “No-frills networking appliance runs Linux on Apollo Lake”

  1. Ray Knight says:

    Why do these vendors ship such ancient OS’s with their hardware? Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 is circa 2013!

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