Intel Xeon SP Gen.2 (Cascade Lake) 1U Appliance with up to 24 Ethernet Ports & PCIe Expansion Option

  • Intel Xeon 2nd Gen. Scalable Processor (Cascade Lake)
  • 6x DDR4-2400/2933 ECC RDIMMs, up to 384GB
  • 8x RJ45 GbE onboard, up to 24x RJ45/SFP Ethernet Ports
  • 2x 2.5″ SSD bays (SATA or U.2 optional)
  • Internal PCIe x16 slot with optional riser card for FHHL PCIe x8 card for FPGA etc.
  • Redundant PSU & System Health Monitoring (IPMI 2.0)

The CASwell CAR-6011 rackmount appliance is based on the latest second generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processor providing a flexible network architecture for up to 24 Ethernet ports that can reach up to 100 Gigabit/s depending on configuration. The CAR-6011 is targeted for firewall solutions and unified threat management (UTM) but can also be used by network and service providers for a backup solution.

The CASwell CAR-6011 by standard already offers eight Gigabit-Ethernet RJ45 ports but also has two front loading slots for network adapters using the manufacturer’s own designed network configuration. These proprietary (NIP) modules each provides up to eight high-speed Ethernet ports. Recommended modules are the NIP-83040 for four 10-Gigabit-Ethernet or the NIP-83080 with eight 10-GbE connectors. Each network module is connected to the processor by PCI Express 3.0 x8 interface to guarantee high bandwidth. Even the NIP-88010 modules with two 100-Gigabit-Ethernet ports each can be integrated for the highest network performance if speed is more important than the number of Ethernet ports.

To add networking flexibility and throughput, the CAR-6011 provides an internal PCI Express x8 slot that can hold a full-height PCIe x16 card. This enables the configuration with a FPGA card like the Intel FPGA Programmable Acceleration Card N3000 to maximize versatility in communication infrastructures by supporting the main system processor with its customization possibilities and full programmability for many different and maybe even yet unknown network protocols.

The CAR-6011 also features two front slots for 2.5-inch traditional hard drives or solid state drives for high-end storage options. These drives can be connected by standard SATA or by fast U.2. Additionally, the board is prepared for M.2 storage if required.

To power all these different networking and storage configurations, the CAR-6011 is based on the second generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processor (Cascade Lake) with up to 28 cores. The latest Xeon-SP series offers higher frequencies, supports faster and more main memory than the previous generation, provides hardware mitigation against Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities without affecting performance and can also be equipped with Optane DC Persistent Memory for use as an even larger main memory or for storage caching.

While a wide range of Intel Xeon-SP models are supported, CASwell recommends a Xeon N SKU like the Xeon Gold 6252N with 24 cores or the Xeon Gold 5218N with 16 cores for the CAR-6011 because these processor models were built for workloads typical of networking usage. As some network providers have strict power budgets, the Xeon N models deliver additional performance with higher frequencies at the same thermal design power compared to other, equivalent models.

The processor of the CAR-6011 can be combined with up to six DDR4 ECC memory modules with speeds of 2400 to 2933 MHz for a main memory of up to 384 GB. Alternatively, some or all of these slots can be equipped with Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory for even more RAM or storage cache as Optane modules can carry up to 512 GByte each.

Two common redundant 500 watt power supply units provide permanent electricity for the appliance even in case of one failure. LED on the front panel show system health and activity and monitoring by IPMI 2.0 is supported.

The CASwell CAR-6011 is now available to order and provides the best solution for network management in almost every industry sector looking for a highly configurable and versatile high-speed networking device for firewall or threat management purposes. And as usual, the CAR-6011 can be equipped and configured according to customer demand or requirement.

Processor1 x Intel Xeon Scalable Gen. 2 Processor (Cascade Lake)
ChipsetIntel C621 PCH (Lewisburg)
System Memory6 x DDR4 ECC 2400-2933MHz RDIMMs (Up to 384GB)
Ethernet Port8 x RJ45 GbE Port(s) on board
Up to 24 x Ethernet Port(s) with maximum 288GbE bandwidth
BypassBased on CASwell NIC Module or Standard add-on card
ExpansionUp to 1 PCIe Gen3 x 16 for CASwell NIC Module
Up to 1 PCIe Gen3 x 8 for CASwell NIC Module
Up to 1 x PCIe Gen3 x16 for U.2 adapter card or riser card for FHHL PCIe x8 card for FPGA etc.
Storage Device2 x front 2.5" bays for SSD (SATA 3.0 or U.2)
1 x M.2 onboard
Power Supply500W
Dimension (WxDxH)438mm x 580mm x 44mm (17.52" x 23.2" x 1.76")
Management Console1 x RJ45 System Console Port
1 x USB Type-C Console Port
1 x RJ45 GbE Port (SYNC)
1 x RJ45 GbE Port (MGMT)
1 x RJ45 GbE Port (LOM)
USB Port2 x USB 3.0 Port(s)
Display Output1 x VGA Port (Optional from LOM or VGA module)
LEDPower / System Status / HDD
LOMIPMI 2.0 w/ GbE Speed
Operation & Certifications
Operating EnvironmentTemperature: 0 - 40°C (32 - 104°F)
Humidity: 20 - 90% RH
Storage EnvironmentTemperature: -10 - 70°C (14 - 158°F)
Humidity: 5 - 95% RH
CertificationCE / FCC / UKCA
OS SupportLinux
Models Core/Threads Frequency (Max) Cache TDP
Intel Xeon Gold 5218N16C/32T2.30GHz (3.70GHz)22M110W
Intel Xeon Gold 5220T18C/36T1.90GHz (3.90GHz)24.75M105W
Intel Xeon Gold 6230N20C/40T2.3GHz (3.5GHz)27.50M125W
Intel Xeon Gold 6252N24C/48T2.3GHz (3.6GHz)35.75M150W
Intel Xeon Silver 421010C/20T2.20GHz (3.20GHz)13.75M85W
Intel Xeon Silver 42158C/16T2.50GHz (3.50GHz)11M85W
Models Type Manufacturer Number of Ports
NIP-51040EthernetIntel 82580EB4 x 1GbE RJ45
NIP-51081EthernetIntel 82580EB8 x 1GbE RJ45
NIP-51084EthernetIntel i350 AM48 x 1GbE RJ45
NIP-51243BypassIntel i350-AM44 x 1GbE RJ45
NIP-51481BypassIntel i350-AM48 x 1GbE RJ45
NIP-51482BypassIntel 82580EB8 x 1GbE RJ45
NIP-52021EthernetIntel i350-AM22 x 1GbE SFP
NIP-52040EthernetIntel 82580DB4 x 1GbE SFP
NIP-52041EthernetIntel i350-AM44 x 1GbE SFP
NIP-52080EthernetIntel 82580EB8 x 1GbE SFP
NIP-52083EthernetIntel i350-AM48 x 1GbE SFP
NIP-52120BypassIntel 82580DB2 x 1GbE SFP
NIP-52240BypassIntel 82580EB4 x 1GbE SFP
NIP-53020EthernetIntel 82599ES2 x 10GbE SFP+
NIP-53040EthernetIntel 82599ES4 x 10GbE SFP+
NIP-53120BypassIntel 82599ES2 x 10GbE SFP+
NIP-53240BypassIntel 82599ES4 x 10GbE SFP+
NIP-54021EthernetIntel LX540 BT22 x 10GbE RJ45
NIP-54121BypassIntel X540-BT22 x 10GbE RJ45
NIP-55140BypassIntel NH82580EB2 x 1GbE SFP/2 x 1GbE RJ45
NIP-83020EthernetIntel X710 BM22 x 10GbE SFP+
NIP-83040EthernetIntel Fortville XL710 BM14 x 10GbE SFP+
NIP-83080EthernetIntel Fortville XL710 BM18 x 10GbE SFP+
NIP-83120BypassIntel Fortville XL710 BM22 x 10GbE SFP+
NIP-83240BypassIntel Fortville XL710 BM14 x 10GbE SFP+
NIP-84040EthernetIntel Fortville XL710-BM1+X557-AT44 x 10GbE RJ45
NIP-86020EthernetMellanox Connectx32 x 40GbE QSFP+
NIP-86021EthernetIntel Fortville XL710-BM22 x 40GbE QSFP+
NIP-86120BypassIntel Fortville XL710-BM22 x 40GbE QSFP+
NIP-87020EthernetIntel XXV710-AM22 x 25GbE SFP28
NIP-88010EthernetMellanox ConnectX-42 x 100GbE QSFP28

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    1U, 1 x Intel Xeon Scalable Gen.2, PCH C621, 6 x DDR4 ECC RDIMMs, 8 x RJ45 GbE, 500W Redundant PSU, 2 x NIP, 2 x 2.5” SSD