Advantech unveils new FWA-2320 1U rackmount network appliance
Sep 19, 2013 (MarketLine via COMTEX) --
Advantech has announced the introduction of FWA-2320 1U rackmount network appliance based on the new Intel Atom processor C2000 family.
With up to 8-cores in 22nm technology, higher clock frequencies and significantly increased performance gains, the new Intel Atom Processor C2000 deployed in the FWA-2320 raises the bar on entry level appliances to new heights. On-chip functions include four GbE ports and crypto acceleration for symmetric keys, bulk security encryption/decryption and public key functions, the company said.
In addition the FWA-2320 supports two PCIe based Gigabit Ethernet management ports and expansion capabilities. 2 USB ports and additional SATA Gen2 or Gen3 ports provide expanded IO and storage options to meet the data logging and caching needs of enterprise network OEMs.
"The FWA-2320 is positioned to capture an important portion of the U market where multifunction network security products are broadly used by small or midsize businesses," said Peter Marek, senior director x86 solutions, Advantech Networks and Communications Group. "Our application-ready products for the SMB market offer a very cost-effective yet flexible platform capable of performing stateful firewall functions.
"Most importantly, the FWA-2320 rounds off our portfolio of Intel architecture based platforms supporting Intel QuickAssist technology at the entry-level. This allows our customers to utilize this technology across the complete product range to achieve outstanding price-performance ratios. By utilizing a single software framework they not only reduce their time to market and engineering expenses, but also benefit from simplified portability to future Intel silicon."
In security devices, encryption and decryption are compute-intensive processes that traditionally add considerable latency and consume substantial processing resources. Equipment manufacturers must typically combine a variety of specialized silicon co-processors with different software programming models to handle multiple workloads when building security platforms for a scalable network.
With the Intel Atom processor C2000, the integrated acceleration features help to eliminate much of the latency and greatly reduce the load on the processor cores. In addition, multiple workloads can be deployed on the same architecture to deliver better performance and accelerate time to market. This also allows OEMs to develop a scalable product line based on multiple Intel processor options to plan for future performance increases, the company added.
The modular system interface and improved scalability from 2 to 8 cores makes the new processor ideal when better scalability to ultra-low performance scenarios is required.
FWA-2320 models start with 2-core processors at 7W TDP without Intel QuickAssist Technology. With the technology enabled, 8W TDP devices offer up to 2Gbps of crypto throughput while at the high end, 8 core processor models can handle up to 10Gbps of crypto throughput in a 20W TDP envelope, the company concluded.
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