Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

GIGABYTE Showcases Its New IoT Gateway System

GIGABYTE Technology, a leading creator of high performance products for IT professionals and an associate member of the Intel Internet of Things Solutions Alliance, showcases today its new embedded computer solution, the EL-20 series, for the opening of the Embedded World trade show in Nuremberg, Germany (booth no.2-453, Hall 2).

Designed in partnership with Intel for the Intel IoT Gateway program, the EL-20 series comes in 3 variants based on different models of the new Intel SoC processors based on the Airmont architecture and the tri-gate 14nm process. These System on a Chip multi-core processors are designed to drive both computing and graphics performance in embedded scenarios that are particularly sensitive to cost and energy consumption. With a maximum power envelope of just 6W, these processors are an ideal solution to drive processing and graphics performance in industrial computing environments.

The EL-20 products embeds those processors on a high durability motherboard based on the Ultra-compact Form Factor, itself installed within a fanless, industrial grade aluminium case. With a total size of only 141 x 108 x 27 millimeters, the EL-20 feature a large choice of ports and connectivity for its size, offering to its users a highly flexible IoT Gateway solution that will excel at its core purpose: bridging the data output of legacy edge systems with cloud-based analytics infrastructures.

EL-20 Series Features
  • 2 x SO-DIMM slots, up to 16GB of 1600MHz DDR3L memory
  • Dual GbE LAN ports
  • Pre-installed dual band WiFi 802.11ac & Bluetooth 4.0 module
  • 1 x Full-size Mini-PCIe for 3G module or mSATA storage
  • 1 x SD card slot
  • 4 x USB 3.0 ports
  • Supports Windows 7 / 8.1 / 10 and Android 5.1
  • Includes the Intel Pentium processor N3700 (4 cores, 4 threads, 1.6 - 2.4 GHz)
  • 32GB onboard eMMC memory
  • Includes the Intel Celeron processor N3050 (2 cores, 2 threads, 1.6 - 2.16 GHz)
  • 32GB onboard eMMC memory
  • Includes the Intel Celeron processor N3050 (2 cores, 2 threads, 1.6 - 2.16 GHz)
  • 8GB onboard eMMC memory
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2 Comments on GIGABYTE Showcases Its New IoT Gateway System

Keep em affordable (<$200, though <$150 preferrable) and if they run pfSense on them I'd be interested! Though I guess it would depend on what NIC chipset they're using and if pfS can support the N3xxx series...I need to look into that.
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If they worked with Intel on this and this device's main function is a networking gateway then why oh why did they put crappy Realtek LAN chips in it.

Also, (and I could be wrong but) I think Realtek chips generally use more CPU cycles so why would use it with a relatively weak CPU?

Does PfSense have a problems with Realtek stuff?

Edit: Note to self - fully read previous posts before rant.
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