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NEC Crusoe Server CS56

NEC Crusoe Server CS56 - PCSTATS
Abstract: The NEC CS56 server uses a TM5600 Crusoe processor running the Linux 6.5 Secure Server Edition while consuming less than 20 Watts of power.
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NEC (Yonezawa) Crusoe Server CS56

The NEC CS56 server uses a TM5600 Crusoe processor running the Linux 6.5 Secure Server Edition while consuming less than 20 Watts of power. The unit has no fan on the processor (low noise signature), and even comes with a built-in UPS and optional RAID. Measuring 145 x 240 x 220mm (W/D/H) and weighing in at 5-6Kg, the small server includes an internal power supply and can be placed into a 19" wide rack in 2 and 3 unit wide configurations if desired.

The CS56 server in the most advanced version contains a 600Mhz TM5600 Crusoe processor coupled with the Ali M1535 Super South Bridge, 192MB SO-DIMM memory, an ATI-mobility graphics chipset, 40Gb (x2 for RAID) hard drives, optional CD-ROM, 1 serial, 2 USB, 1 parallel, 2 PCI, 2 PS/2, 1VGA and dual RJ-45 ports. Internally there are up to 2 PCI sockets, and room for compact flash storage.

Looking at the specs, the CS56 appears to be geared more toward the SOHO and office server application as opposed to ISP-class web serving. While NEC does mention the compatibility of the units in 19" racks, doing so in an ISP or IDC would take up valuable rack space and be quite costly.

The built-in UPS is a very neat feature to have in a server, and as the documentation explains it, if there is a interruption in the main supply, the unit will continue operation for a few minutes and then automatically shut down in a safe manner. While the CS56 comes with the Linux OS, it can be loaded with Windows 2000.

The unit is beginning mass production and will retail for 138,000 Yen ($1100USD) in OEM quantities. NEC expect to sell around 5000 units this year.

We have been receiving quite a few requests about this NEC Crusoe based product, and the others of this series. With help from Transmeta and NEC, we have the following information for you concerning their purchase. Please be aware that all three of these NEC products are available ONLY to Domestic Japan orders. They are not sold in the US, and will NOT be shipped out of Japan by NEC.

NEC contact is : NEC Customtechnica Sales group


NEC Netbrain
(Japanese text only)

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Contents of Article: NEC CS56
 Pg 1.  — NEC Crusoe Server CS56
 Pg 2.  Full Specs for the CS56 Crusoe Server

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