SolidRun recently announced a new line of mini, embedded System-on-Module (SoM) solutions powered by the OCTEON TX2 CN9130 quad-core Arm Cortex A72 processors from Marvell. These full-featured, network-centric SoMs might be tiny, with a 50 x 35mm PCB footprint, but they are equipped with a powerful CPU, power management subsystem, memory, flash storage, I/O and interconnected subsystems. Available in high-performance commercial and fanless industrial variants, this SoM delivers incredible network capabilities, while consuming just 11-Watts of power.
“Today’s networks are becoming increasingly more complex as services, analytics and network functions migrate to the edge,” explains Dr. Atai Ziv, CEO at SolidRun. “Combining that complexity with the imminent proliferation of 5G, the need for ultra-high-performance networking appliances for the cloud, edge and everywhere in between becomes apparent. Our line of OCTEON TX2 CN9130-based SoMs and flexible carriers will fuel the development of these products, meeting the demands of next generation networking, enterprise, and data center applications.”
With the speed, compact size and deployment flexibility offered by the CN9130 mini SoM, SolidRun is providing the foundation for developers to create next-generation commercial and industrial intelligent networking, security and edge computing applications, such as 5G base stations, routers and gateways, edge servers, software-defined networking applications, as well as high-speed network storage. It features powerful networking connectivity, including high-throughput network, storage and security accelerators, 3x PCIe ports, 1x 10GbE port, 2x USB 3.0, 2x SATA 3.0 and more. It supports mainline Linux and OpenWrt operating systems, as well as provides full network virtualization capabilities.
SolidRun continues to develop its new SoMs taking into account footprint, pin compatibility and shared software resources in order to help customers future-proof their products. Sharing the same form factor and pin layout as SolidRun’s A38x SoM, the new CN9130 SoM provides customers a direct-replacement upgrade path for existing A38x-based products.
“In order to truly maximize the vast capabilities of modern high-performance data networks, hardware must be capable of significantly faster throughput and more robust security from the cloud to the network’s edge,” notes Jeffrey Ho, Senior Marketing Manager of Infrastructure Processors Group at Marvell. “We’re thrilled about SolidRun’s latest CN9130 SoM as this is an ideal solution for accelerating the development of next-generation, high-performance networking hardware that puts the performance of our powerful OCTEON TX2 SoCs to work.”
For quick prototyping or expediting time-to-market for new products based on the CN9130 SoM, SolidRun offers two extremely flexible, network-centric carrier boards – ClearFog CN9130 Pro and ClearFog CN9130 Base. These carrier boards can be deployed as-is, allowing manufacturers to leapfrog the competition by dramatically reducing device engineering time, or can be utilized by developers to quickly prototype bespoke applications. Both carriers offer next-generation computing and networking performance, as well as flexible power and connectivity options. Additionally, both carrier platforms are well suited for commercial applications, and can be deployed in fanless configurations, supporting extreme temperatures ranging from -40°C to 85°C.
Ideal for networking, routing, network storage and IoT gateway applications, ClearFog Pro pairs the CN9130 SoM with a vast arrangement of I/O options, including 5x switched ethernet ports and SFP+ cage for demanding networking applications. It also features Mini-PCIe and M.2 expansion slots which are useful for adding WIFI or LTE communications capabilities.
Perfect for advanced NFV applications at the edge, ClearFog Base delivers a ton of useful features in a compact footprint. It supports dual LTE and dual SIM cards for extended connectivity, and features 2x GbE ports and an SFP+ cage for heavy-duty networking, as well as USB 3.0 connectivity.
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