SolidRun started their ClearFog family of networking boards back in 2015 with Marvell ARMADA based ClearFog Pro board exposing 7 Gigabit Ethernet ports, an SFP cage, mPCIe/mSATA sockets, and more. Since then the company has launched several other ClearFog boards with small variation in the name with the latest being ClearFog CX 8K equipped with a COM Express module based on Marvell ARMADA A8040 quad-core Arm Cortex A72 processor.
Today I was made aware that the company leveraged of the flexibility of having a COM Express module by offering a more powerful version of the board – ClearFog CX LX2K – powered by NXP LX2160A networking processor with 16 Arm Cortex-A72 cores, 100GbE support, 24x PCIe Gen4 lanes, and more.
The rest of the specifications are pretty much the same since the COM Express carrier board – pictured above – remains the same:
- COM Module – CEx7 LX2K module with NXP LS2160A 16-core Arm Cortex A72 processor @ up to 2.2 GHz
- Memory – Up to 256GB DDR4 DIMM in dual channel configuration
- Storage – M.2b & M 2280 SSD, microSD slot, on-module eMMC flash, 2x SATA 3.0 ports
- Networking – 4x SPF+ cages up to 100GbE
- USB – 1x USB 3.0
- 2 x mPCIe
- 1 x PCIe x6 Gen 4
- I/O – GPIO header
- Debugging – MicroUSB for debug (UART over USB)
- Misc – Indication LEDs, user push buttons, temp. & power station, RTC battery
- Power Supply – 12V input DC jack
- Dimensions – 190mm x 127mm (COM Express type 7 basic)
You’ll also get the benefit for potentially much more RAM, even faster networking connectivity up to 100 Gbps, and PCIe Gen 4 instead of Gen 3.
The bad news is that it’s very early, and there’s nothing on the Wiki, nor any details about CEx7 LX2K COM Express module, and all I know what taken from ClearFog CX product page. Pricing will be interesting too, as the ClearFog CX 8K goes for $360 without RAM, and one analyst expected LS2160A to sell for about $350 per unit for 1k unit orders, so we should probably expect ClearFog CX LX2K to sell for over $1,000 without RAM.
Thanks to Blu for the tip.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.