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Secure net appliance offers optional SFP

Oct 30, 2018 — by Eric Brown 745 views

Lanner’s “NCA-1515” secure network appliance is equipped with an Atom C3000 SoC, 2x mini-PCIe, M.2 with Nano-SIM, and up to 8x GbE ports with one-pair bypass and optional SFP.

Lanner has launched a security-oriented NCA-1515 network appliance with a variety of networking and storage options. The 231 x 200 x 44mm desktop appliance features an Intel Atom C3000 “Denverton” SoC and is designed for vCPE/uCPE and edge security applications.

Other desktop network appliances based on the Atom C3000 include Nexcom’s vDNA 1160, Advantech’s FWA-1012VC, Axiomtek’s NA362, and Aaeon’s FWS-7360 and FWS-2360.

NCA-1515, front and back
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Unlike most of these competitors, the NCA-1515 lacks support for the higher-end 12- and 16-core Atom C3000 models, limiting you to the octa-core C3708, the quad-core C3508, and the dual-core C3308, with clock rates ranging between 1.5GHz and 2.0GHz. No OS support is listed, but Linux is almost certainly supported.


Like most of its rivals, the NCA-1515 supports Intel AES-NI and Intel QuickAssist Technology (Intel QAT), featuring accelerated symmetric encryption and authentication, asymmetric encryption, digital signatures, RSA, DH, ECC, and lossless data compression. Paired with the Atom C3000, QuickAssist “greatly boosts network responsiveness and security by distributing processing power to more critical applications and by offloading computationally intensive compression and encryption/decryption tasks,” says Lanner. The system also provides a secure boot mechanism, support for TPM 2.0, and a Kensington lock for physical device security.

Unlike the vDNA 1160, NA362, and FWS-7360, there are no 10GbE ports. All four models have a bank of 4x MAC- and copper-based Gigabit Ethernet ports. Two of these models feature one-pair bypass. One adds two more copper GbE and two more optical SFP GbE ports (with dedicated LEDs) via an Intel i350 server adapter PCIe board. The other adds only the pair of SFP ports.

The three configurations are:

  • 6x GbE RJ45 with 1 pair Gen3 bypass; 2x GbE SFP
  • 4x GbE RJ45 with 1 pair Gen3 bypass; 2x GbE SFP
  • 4x GbE RJ45 without bypass

You can load up to 32GB of 2400/2133MHz DDR4 RAM with ECC, and there’s a standard allotment of 8GB eMMC. There’s also an option for adding a 2.5-inch SATA bay.

Simplified (left) and full detail views of the NCA-1515
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There are plenty of options for wireless. You get dual mini-PCIe slots (PCIe/USB2.0), as well as an M.2 B-key 2242 slot that is linked to dual Nano-SIM slots for adding cellular capability.

The NCA-1515 is further equipped with 2x USB 2.0 ports, an RJ45 console port, and an LOM (Lights Out Management) remote access port with an OPMA (Open Platform Management Architecture) slot. A watchdog, RTC, and LEDs are also onboard.

The system has a 12V DC input jack with power and reset buttons and, depending on the SKU, a 36W or 60W adapter. There’s a passive heatsink and system cooling fan that together support a 0 to 40°C range.

Further information

No pricing or availability information was provided for the NCA-1515. More information may be found on Lanner’s NCA-1515 product page.

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