ClearFog CN9130 networking boards deliver 10GbE through a tiny Octeon TX2 module

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SolidRun has designed and manufactured ClearFog networking boards ever since the introduction of the Marvell ARMADA 380/388-based ClearFog Pro in 2015. Since then, more powerful models have been launched including the ClearFog GT 8K based on Marvell ARMADA A8040 quad-core Cortex A72 processor with support for 2.5GbE and 10GbE, and the ClearFog CX LX2K equipped with a 16-core Cortex-A72 NXP capable of 100GbE networking.

The Israeli company unveiled its first Octeon TX2-based design last fall with ClearFog CX CN9K, a full-featured networking SBC fitted with CEx7 CN9132 COM Express Type 7 module. But now the company has launched the more compact ClearFog CN9130 Pro/Base networking boards equipped with a tiny 50x30mm Octeon TX2 module still enabling 10GbE connectivity.

SolidRun SOM 9130 system-on-module

SOM-9130Specifications:

  • SoC – Marvell OCTEON TX2 CN9130 quad-core Cortex A72 processor @ up to 2.2 GHz (commercial) or 2.0 GHz (industrial)
  • System Memory – Up to 8GB DDR4 RAM
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash, 64Mbit SPI flash
  • 3 x Hirose DF40 board-to-board connectors with
    • External Storage – NOR Flash, SD card, PCIe-SSD, 2x SATA III (via configurable SERDES)
    • Ethernet
      • 1x 10/5 GbE port
      • 2x 1/2.5 GbE Port (via configurable SERDES)
      • 2x 5 GbE Port
      • 1x 1/2.5 GbE Port
      • Support for Sync-E (Synchronous Ethernet), 1588-V2 precision time protocol
    • USB – 2x USB 2.0 interfaces, up to 2 USB 3.0 host/device interfaces (via configurable SERDES)
    •  PCIe
      • 1x PCIe Gen 3.0 x4
      • 2x PCIE Gen 3.0 x1 (via configurable SERDES)
      • Total of 3 controllers and up to 6 lanes
    • 2x I2C, 1x SPI, 2x UART
    • GPIO, PWM
    • JTAG
    • I/O Voltage – 3.3V/1.8V
  • Supply Voltage – 5V-12V
  • Power Consumption – Up to 11 Watts
  • Dimensions – 50 x 35 mm
  • Temperature Range – Commercial: 0°C to 70°C; industrial: -40°C to 85°C
  • Humidity (non-condensing) – 10% – 90%
CN9130 SOM Block Diagram
Block Diagram

The parts shown with “via configurable SERDES” means they are multiplexed with other interfaces, so you’d have to select/configure the interfaces you’d like to use. The module can run Ubuntu, Debian, or OpenWrt using mainline Linux. More details about software support can be found on SolidRun developer’s website and source code on Github.

ClearFog CN9130 Pro

ClearFog CN9130 Pro
As one would expect the Pro version comes with more features with ClearFog CN9130 Pro board having the following specifications:

  • SoM – SolidRun SOM CN9130 described above, but listed up to 4GB RAM since the 8GB version of the module is not available right now.
  • Storage – MicroSD Card, M.2 2242 SSD socket
  • Networking
    • 1x “dedicated” Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port
    • 5x switched Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port
    • 1x SFP+ cage
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 port
  • Audio – Analog Audio/TDM module support
  • Expansion
    • 2x mSATA/mPCIe socket with SIM holder for extra storage or wireless expansion modules
    • mikroBUS header
  • Debugging – JTAG Header, MicroUSB port
  • Misc – Indication LEDs, user pushbuttons, RTC Battery, fan control, optional PIC microcontroller
  • Power Supply – 9V-32V DC via power barrel jack, PoE header
  • Dimensions – PCBA: 225 x 100mm;  Extruded aluminum enclosure : 255 x 105 x 35mm
  • Temperature Range – Commercial: 0°C to 70°C; industrial: -40°C to 85°C

Marvell Octeon TX2 networking board

ClearFog CN9130 Base

Compact 10GbE networking SBCThe Base model is a much more compact single board computer with the following specifications:

  • SoM – SolidRun SOM CN9130 described above, up to 4GB RAM
  • Storage – MicroSD Card
  • Networking
    • 2x Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports
    • 1x SFP+ cage
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 port
  • Expansion
    • 1x mSATA/mPCIe socket with SIM holder for extra storage or wireless expansion module
    • mikroBUS header
  • Debugging – MicroUSB port
  • Misc – Indication LEDs, user pushbuttons, RTC Battery
  • Power Supply – 9V-32V DC via power barrel jack
  • Dimensions – PCBA: 100 x 70mm; eExtruded aluminum enclosure : 120 x 80 x 30mm
  • Temperature Range – Commercial: 0°C to 70°C; industrial: -40°C to 85°C

ClearFog CN9130 Base networking boardAs listed in the hardware specifications, both CN9130 networking boards can be sold with an aluminum enclosure as pictured below.

ClearFog CN9130 enclosure

The ClearFog module and boards can be used to develop commercial and industrial intelligent networking, security, and edge computing applications such as 5G base stations, routers & gateways, edge servers, software-defined networking applications, as well as high-speed network storage applications

Pricing and Availability

SolidRun SOM CN9130 microSOM price starts at $171 with 1GB RAM, while ClearFog CN9130 Base is sold for $226 and up, and the Pro model for $253 and up. You’ll find all purchasing options on SolidRun online shop. Further information may be found on the corresponding SoM and SBC product pages.

Via LinuxGizmos



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