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Calxeda, formerly known as Smooth-Stone in reference to the river rock that the mythical David used in his sling to slay Goliath, doesn't think the server racket can wait for the 64-bit ARMv8 architecture (announced late last week) to be designed and tested in the next few years. And that is why Calxeda has spent the past …

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Sexy as fuck. I want a 4U full of these.

One thing:

The chip also has a SATA 2.0 controller capable of supporting up to five 3Gb/sec ports; older 1.5Gb/sec SATA devices are compatible with this controller, but newer 6Gb/sec peripherals are not.

This is misleading; SATA 3 devices are all backwards compatible and will run fine on SATA 2 - they just won't run at SATA 3 speeds.

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Hell yeah!

I'm looking for a new home server. This looks like it's fitting the bill perfectly. ATX board, please!

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Wish they would make one of these into a Mini-ITX board!

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Shame it doesn't support more than 4GB RAM

Otherwise it would make a nice basis for a ZFS based NAS/SAN.

Quite a number of consumer NAS devices are now based on Atom-class hardware, these would (if they were 64-bit) easily compete with such hardware while being a fraction of the size and more power efficient. Doubt they'd be as cheap though - maybe so in a few years, or if Calxeda sell EnergyCards full of chips that didn't quite make the "enterprise" grade during fabrication.

But still, that 32-bit RAM limit is a problem for many applications.

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