Via announces NAS 7800 "CD-ROM sized motherboard" targets x86 storage servers

Via has announced a motherboard with an unusual 7.5 x 5.6 inch footprint, matching that of a standard optical disk drive. The NAS 7800 runs Windows CE or Windows XP Embedded on a 1.5GHz C7 processor, and targets storage devices with up to eight SATA drives. Via says it designed the NAS 7800 for "thin […]

Via has announced a motherboard with an unusual 7.5 x 5.6 inch footprint, matching that of a standard optical disk drive. The NAS 7800 runs Windows CE or Windows XP Embedded on a 1.5GHz C7 processor, and targets storage devices with up to eight SATA drives.

Via says it designed the NAS 7800 for "thin servers," though the board actually has more functionality -- onboard VGA graphics, for example -- than most devices associated with that moniker. The form factor allows it to be stacked with an optical disk drive in a compact case, or multiple NAS 7800s can fit into a standard 1U server chassis.

The NAS 7800 includes Via's 1.5GHz C7 processor, rated for a maximum power consumption of about 12 watts. A fanless Via Eden CPU is also available for "project" customers -- Via's term for high-volume purchasers. As well as a watchdog timer, the system also includes wakeup scheduling and wake-on LAN functionality, to help save power in network storage applications.

A single DIMM socket accepts up to 1GB of RAM, and the NAS 7800 includes Via's CN700 northbridge and VT8251 southbridge. The chipset includes Via's integrated VIA UniChrome Pro graphics with 2D/3D and MPEG-2 video accelerator.

The NAS 7800 includes an UltraDMA 133/100/66 connector, and it comes in models featuring either four or eight 3Gbps SATA connectors:

  • NAS 7800-15T -- four SATA connectors and a single gigabit Ethernet controller
  • NAS 7800-15LST -- eight SATA connectors, and two gigabit Ethernet controllers

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