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The evolution of NAS - Office (or Media Server) in a Box

The evolution of NAS - Office (or Media Server) in a Box

The MPC8349E-mITXE reference platform is ideal for hardware and software development for networking applications. It leverages Freescale’s highly integrated MPC8349E processor built on Power Architecture technology and leading-edge external components—a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, four high-speed USB ports, four serial ATA ports, one Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) slot, one MiniPCI slot and one compact flash memory slot.
A board support package (BSP) is preinstalled on the MPC8349E-mITXE. This BSPmconsists of a bootloader (u-boot), a generic Power Architecture technology system based on the Linux kernel. The u-boot and the Linux kernel reside in the on-board flash memory while the file system is pre-installed on the hard disk shipped with the MPC8349EmITXE. On powering up, the Linux system runs on the MPC8349E-mITXE.

Office-in-a-Box Based on MPC8349E-mITX

Today, there are few integrated platforms that can provide all the services needed by the small-to-medium business (SMB) market. Typically, small businesses have had to use equipment targeted for either consumer applications or enterprise applications, neither of which are ideal. The MPC8349E-mITX platform has been designed to serve the needs of the SMB market. SMBs need a flexible and integrated converged platform to provide all the telecom services needed by the business.
These include:

    • Ethernet switch for the in-office network
    • Ethernet for WAN interface
    • MiniPCI socket for WLAN access point
    • CompactFlash interface for storage
    • SATA controller for network attached storage
    • USB hub for connection to additional peripherals
    • IP PBX
    • Stateful firewall
    • Network Address Translation (NAT)
    • Intrusion detection/prevention

The MPC8349E-mITX Office-in-a-Box reference platform is based on the MPC8349E PowerQUICC II Pro integrated communications processor. The MPC8349E integrates the enhanced e300 core, built on Power Architecture technology, with advanced features such as DDR memory, dual PCI, Gigabit Ethernet and high-speed USB controllers.

 

MPC8349E-mITX_office_box

The MPC8349E provides a cost-effective, highly integrated processing solution that is ideally suited for emerging networking applications such as the converged Office-in-a-Box platform. The MPC8349E supports dual 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet controllers, dual 32-bit/single 64-bit PCI controllers, integrated security engines, USB 2.0 host and device controllers, 4-channel DMA, DUART, serial peripherals, general purpose I/O and system timers. The high level of integration in the MPC8349E lowers system cost, improves performance and simplifies board design. The dual Gigabit Ethernet controllers support eight receive and transmit queues for eight levels of IEEE® 802.1p-based Quality of Service (QoS) flexible packet classification, based on layer 2, layer 3 and layer 4 information to determine required QoS on a per-packet basis. The Ethernet MAC also supports transmit scheduling based on strict priority or weighted round robin to maintain QoS. The MPC8349E also integrates a hardware encryption block that supports different encryption algorithms for high-performance data encryption authentication as required for secure communications in the MPC8349E-mITX platform for the SMB market. It supports DES, 3DES, MD-5, SHA-1, AES, PKEU, RNG and RC-4 encryption algorithms in hardware.

Freescale MPC8349E-mITX_office_box_block_diagram

Media Server-in-a-Box Based on MPC8349E-mITX

In today’s digital homes, consumers manage, store and share vast amounts of content among their networked PCs and entertainment appliances. In addition to performing traditional backup functions, next-generation network attached storage (NAS) products are adding additional media serving features and becoming the home’s network media hub. The MPC8349E-mITX Media Server-in-a-Box solution is a turnkey hardware/software reference platform for home media servers with advanced NAS, transcription and transcoding/transrating capabilities. This reference platform is based on the MPC8349E PowerQUICC II Pro processor, built on Power Architecture technology, Xcode processor from ViXS, a leading technology and product provider for next-generation video compression solutions and standards-compliant software from Mediabolic, a leading provider of endto-end software solutions for connected entertainment products.

MPC8349E_media_server_box_block diagram

The Media Server-in-a-Box platform solution is designed to help original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and original design manufacturers (ODMs) accelerate the development process and speed time to market for next-generation home media servers. The Digital Media Server platform, developed using the Freescale reference design, ViXS transcoding device and Mediabolic’s Media Server software, is designed to enable consumers to share and store multimedia files, such as video, DVD backups, music and photos, throughout the digital home. Mediabolic software makes it easy to centrally manage and distribute digital content among multiple PCs and networked entertainment devices. The MPC8349E-mITX integrates the enhanced e300 Power Architecture core and advanced features such as DDR memory, dual PCI, Gigabit Ethernet and high-speed USB controllers. The platform is designed to support dual 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet controllers, dual 32-bit/single 64-bit PCI controllers, integrated security engines, USB 2.0 host and devices controllers, 4-channel DMA, DUART, serial peripherals, general purpose I/O and system timers. The high level of integration in the MPC8349E helps to lower system costs, improve performance and simplify board design.

The MPC8349E also integrates a hardware encryption block designed to support different algorithms for high-performance data authentication for secure communications in the NAS market. It is designed to support DES, 3DES, MD-5, SHA-1, AES, PKEU, RNG and RC-4 encryption algorithms in hardware. In addition to the highly-integrated MPC8349E processor, the reference platform leverages external components to support these additional features:

    • Five-port Gigabit Ethernet switch
    • Four high-speed USB ports
    • Four Serial ATA ports
    • PCI slot, MiniPCI slot and compact flash memory slot

Mediabolic’s Media Server software is designed to allow personal content to be streamed on a variety of connected entertainment devices throughout the home. Mediabolic offers its software as a turnkey object license for manufacturers seeking a ready-to-go solution and as a Source Code SDK license to provide complete design flexibility and customization. The software is highly efficient, requires minimal CPU and memory resources and is extremely interoperable. Mediabolic’s Embedded Media Server software is Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) compliant and is certified by the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA).

mediabolic_media_server

Mediabolic Media Server Sofware Features

    - Multi-Audio Format Conversion:
    • AC3, AAC, MP3, MPEG-1 Layer II
    - Bit-Rate Reduction of Multiple Streams:
    • 24 Mbps–250 Kbps
    - Interoperability
    • UPnP AV 1.0 compliant
    • Designed to meet DLNA guidelines
    - Optimized for Networked Media
    • Aggregates all media resources on the network into a single, unified end-user presentation
    • Can present multiple servers in a single content directory
    • Unlimited simultaneous media streams
    - Format Conversion of Multiple MPEG Streams:
    • MPEG-1 to MPEG-2
    • MPEG-1 to MPEG-4 (ASP)
    • MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 (ASP)

Rerefences:
MPC8349E-mITX Media Server-in-a-Box Reference Platform
MPC8349E-mITX Office-in-a-Box Reference Platform

See also: Hacking a Network Attached Storage (NAS)

Read the Italian version: L'evoluzione dei NAS (Network Attached Storage) - Office (o media Server) in un Box

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