[Soekris] New model net6501 - Update

Soren Kristensen soren at soekris.com
Mon Jul 4 00:17:44 UTC 2011

Hi Michael,

Michael Sierchio wrote:
> Sorry if this has been asked before, but - will there be a HiFn card
> in a package that works with the net6501?

I have considered doing a Mini-PCI Express card, a pretty easy little 
project, but the Atom E6xx should be able to do ok by itself so I'm not 
sure it's a good idea to use my limited engineering time on it....

Because the next board, the net7501, will be able to do gigabit 
encryption by itself.... And since I'm reusing a lot of the hardware and 
software design from the net6501 it should be on time for Q2 2012 

You can also use a std PCI Express board, although I don't really know 
what's available.

Best Regards,

Soren Kristensen

CEO & Chief Engineer
Soekris Engineering, Inc.

> Thanks.
> On Fri, Jul 1, 2011 at 3:09 PM, Soren Kristensen<soren at soekris.com>  wrote:
>> Hi Everybody,
>> I'm Sorry, but it took me a little time to bring up and test the net6501
>> hardware, a little too much software and fpga programming and a couple
>> of hardware issues.....
>> But the net6501 prototypes are now working just fine, I have booted
>> stock MS-DOS, FreeBSD and OpenBSD, with all hardware recognized.
>> So we just started the first small production batch, 120 pcs net6501-50
>> should start shipping on August 1, with the next 600 pcs net6501-50 to
>> start shipping August 22.
>> Then full production with all three variations, to start shipping
>> September 15.
>> The usual standard case will be ready from start, the 1U 19" rackmount
>> will probably be a few weeks after.
>> A Quad PCI-Express x1 gigabit ethernet adapter will come in probably
>> October 2011, with the same Intel 82574L controllers as the net6501, the
>> 1U 19" rackmount case will take two of those boards.
>> And yes, a PCIe x1 don't really have enough bandwidth, in fact, the
>> Intel Atom E6xx only have 4 PCIe x1 gen1 ports so bandwidth is limited.
>> All the bandwidth, performance and memory anybody would need is for the
>> net7501....
>> Best Regards,
>> Soren Kristensen
>> CEO&  Chief Engineer
>> Soekris Engineering, Inc.
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