ClearFog GT 8K is a High-End Networking SBC Powered by Marvell ARMADA A8040 Processor

A few years ago, SolidRun launched ClearFog Pro and Base router boards based on Marvell ARMADA 388 Armv7 (32-bit) processor, and about a year later, the company introduced MACCHIATObin networking board powered by a more powerful Marvell ARMADA 8040 quad core Cortex A72 processor.

The company has now given an upgraded to its ClearFog family with ClearFog GT 8K networking board powered on the same ARMADA A8040 processor as on the community board, and offering support for up to 16GB RAM, 6 network interfaces including one 10GbE SFP+ cage , and three mPCIe slots.

ClearFog GT 8K

ClearFog GT 8K specifications:

  • SoC – Marvell ARMADA A8040 quad-core Cortex A72 processor up to 2GHz (commercial), up to 1.6 GHz (industrial)
  • Memory – DIMM slot for up to 16GB DDR4
  • Storage – Up to 128GB eMMC flash, 64 Mbit SPI flash, micro SD slot, M.2 SSD via optional M.2 mPCIe adapter
  • Connectivity
    • 4x 1GbE switched LAN (RJ45) with 2.5 Gbps uplink to SoC
    • 1x 1GbE WAN (RJ45)
    • 1 x SFP+ (up to 10GbE)
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 port
  • Expansion – 3 x mPCIe sockets (USB 2.0 + PCIe), GPIO header
  • Misc – Indication LEDs, user push buttons, RTC battery holder, UART header for debug
  • Power Supply – 12V input DC jack
  • Dimensions – 177mm x 110mm
  • Temperature Range – Commercial: 0 to 70°C; industrial: -40 to +85°C

Networking SBC SFP+ Cage

Click to EnlargeThe board supports Ubuntu 16.04 with Linux 4.4, and integrates with Google IoT Platform. You’ll find source code in Github, and some – currently limited – documentation in the Wiki.

Some of ClearFog GT 8K potential applications include Virtual Client Premises Equipment (vCPE), network security,  NFV (Network Function Virtualization), Edge & Fog Device for IoT at the edge, and high-end IoT gateway.

ClearFog 8K GT pricing starts at $209 with the board fitted with 8GB eMMC flash, and goes up to $612 with 128GB eMMC flash, and 16 GB DDR4. Those are the prices for the commercial grade version, since the industrial grade one does not appear to be sold online. More details may be available on the product page.

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Does this support ECC memory like the MacchiatoBin?

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That is correct.

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Then this could be used as a router + NAS with ZFS since there are 3 mPCIe slots (is the 3rd one on the back side?) allowing for many SATA ports using mPCIe to SATA adapters.
But DDR4 SODIMM ECC RDIMM aren’t cheap though.

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MacchiatoBin does not use RDIMM, I doubt this one does either.

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ECC was mentioned, is it UDIMMs then? If so, prolly even more expensive..

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Yes and yes — lack of RDIMM does not make things cheaper. But there’s a chance support for RDIMM might come later, as the hw is said to support it.