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May 02, 2019

NEXCOM Launches TCA 5170, a Verified Intel® Select Solution for uCPE

The business goals are seeking solutions to work toward network virtualization for communications and cloud services providers. It should be a challenge faced by service providers’ enterprise and business customers.

 

NEXCOM Launches TCA 5170, a Verified Intel® Select Solution for uCPE

 

Meanwhile, small business owners also encounter connectivity issues when adopting current consumer-graded IT communication appliances for business purposes. This problem persists through the transition of IT infrastructure from traditional stand-alone communication appliances (such as load balancers, edge routers, industry firewalls, and VPNs) to virtualized appliances, where a great variety of network functions run on general-purpose servers.

 

NEXCOM TCA 5170 1U rackmount is designed with features perfect as an universal Customer Premises Equipment (uCPE) platform to expand customers’ service portfolios for this growing 5G world to solve challenges mentioned above.

Intel® Select Solution for uCPE TCA 5170 Configuration

NEXCOM TCA 5170 is a verified Intel® Select Solution uCPE with multi-access edge computing, multiple network connections including high-speed Ethernet, LTE and Wi-Fi flexible to adopt to the connectivity available in the market today. Hardware configuration as table 1 below.

 

Table 1: Intel® Select Solution TCA 5170 HW configuration

Processor Number
Intel® Xeon® D-2166NT processor
Processor Spec.
12 Cores , 17M Cache , 2.0 GHz
Memory
8 x 16GB DDR4 2666 DIMM ECC/non-ECC memory, max. 256GB
 
Networking

2 pairs LAN bypass
(4 x 1 GbE integrated Intel® Ethernet Controller I350 LAN Switch)

 
Storage

1 x Intel® Solid State Drive Data Center @ 480 GB 1 x 2.5” HDD bay
1 x M.2 2242 and 2280 length M-key socket

Front I/O
1 x USB 3.0
1 x Micro USB type console port
1 x LAN controller
8 x Copper RJ45 ports
4 x SFP+ fiber ports
1 x 16x2 LCM (optional)
2 x LAN module slots (optional; refer LAN module list )
4 x SMA connector holes for RF antenna cable
Internal I/O
M.2 2280/2242 (M key ) for Storage
M.2 2230 (SATA E key) for Wi-Fi
M.2 3042 (SATA B key) with SIM slot for LTE
One standard SIM slot for LTE modem
SATA ports x 4
Rear I/O
VGA

NEXCOM TCA 5170

Connectivity
NEXCOM TCA 5170 comes with eight Gigabit-Ethernet ports and four SFP+ ports for 10-Gbit-Ethernet. Available to enhance with a variety of NEXCOM LAN modules connected by PCIe interface x16 or x8. Table two provides the list of NEXCOM LAN modules available for TCA 5170.

 

Customers can match specific deployment needs with the same platform by adopting different configurations of 25GbE, 40GbE and 100GbE network interfaces.

 

Table 2: NEXCOM LAN modules

Model
NEXCOM P/N
LAN Controller
Type
Ports
NX 140F
10S20142F03X0
XL710-BM1
PCIe x8
4 SFP+
NX 142F
10S20142F01X0
XL710-BM1
PCIe x8
4 SFP+
NX 142F-LR
10S20142F03X0
XL710-BM1
PCIe x8
4 SFP+
NX 120F
10S20120F00X0
XL710-BM1
PCIe x8
2 SFP+
NI 140F
10SK000NI02X0
I350AM4 x 1
PCIe x8
4 SFP+
NI 180F
10S10180F01X0
I350AM4 x 2
PCIe x8
8 SFP
NI 142C
10S20142F03X0
I350AM4 x 1
PCIe x8
4 Copper
NI 180C
10S10180C01X0
I350AM4 x 2
PCIe x8
8 Copper
NI 184C
10S10184C01X0
I350AM4 x 2
PCIe x8
8 Copper
NI 142F
10S10142F01X0
I350AM4 x 1
PCIe x8
4 SFP
 NI 121F
10S10121F01X0
I350AM4 x 2
PCIe x8
2 SFP
NI 140C
10S10140C01X0
I350AM4 x 1
PCIe x8
4 Copper
NV 120F
10S50120F01X0
XXV710-AM2
PCIe x8
2-SFP28 ports 25G

 

M.2 for Wi-Fi/LTE 4G & 5G
The TCA 5170 integrates 3 types of M.2 connectors (M.2 2280/2242 M key; M.2 2230 SATA E key; M.2 3042 SATA B key with SIM slot), one SIM slot, and four SMA connector holes for RF antenna cable. LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity options can be easily enabled in this platform.

 

Intel® QuickAssist Technology
TCA 5170 also provides Intel® QuickAssist Technology (Intel® QAT). Inte® QAT accelerates encrypted data traffic in a secured network, reduces overall data size and lowers storage demands by speeding real-time compression while at the same time offloading the CPU of some of the processing workloads. An optional trusted platform module (TPM) for encryption, authentication and digital rights management is also available for the TCA 5170, and the whole system can be monitored by the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI 2.0).

 

Optimizations
TCA 5170 is optimized by using Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT) to enable virtualization for the uCPE/vCPE field.

 

Scalability
TCA 5170 comes with high scalability as a server-graded uCPE/vCPE offering up-to 12 cores with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology (2 threads/core) & 256 GB memory capability.

 

Performance
The Intel® Xeon® processors D-2100 at the core of the TCA 5170 support Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel® AVX-512) and Intel® Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)

  • Intel® AVX-512 delivers workload-optimized performance and throughput increases for advanced analytics, compute-intensive applications, cryptography, and data compression
  • Intel® AES-NI accelerates data encryption and decryption for security-enabled websites

 

The Intel® Xeon® D-2100 processor includes the Network Virtualization Optimizations (VXLAN, NVGRE, GENEVE, NSH, etc.) to support the establishment and connection to the virtual network between VMs and group them as the LANs.

 

Compatible Virtualization
Virtual technology is not limited to IT room, and it goes beyond for the connection between VMs. As an enterprise-level of uCPE/vCPE, the TCA 5170 can support VM-to-VM connections from public or private cloud, or from the uCPE/vCPE where enterprise branches are located for easy central management.

 

Performance Test Report
RFC 2544: two SFP+ ports of embedded Intel® Ethernet Network Adapter X722

  • Topology
NEXCOM Launches TCA 5170, a Verified Intel® Select Solution for uCPE
  • Test result
Packet Size (Bytes)
Throughput (Mpps)
Line Rate%
Line Rate [2*10G] (Mpps)
64
29.76
100
29.76
128
16.89
100
16.89
256
9.06
100
9.06
512
4.70
100
4.70
1024
2.39
100
2.39
1280
1.92
100
1.92
1518
1.63
100
1.63
NEXCOM Launches TCA 5170, a Verified Intel® Select Solution for uCPE

SR-IOV: VM-to-VM iperf performance of Intel® Ethernet Controller I350 and Intel® Ethernet Controller XL710

  • Topology
NEXCOM Launches TCA 5170, a Verified Intel® Select Solution for uCPE
  • Test result
NIC
Throughput (Bits/s)
Intel® Ethernet Controller I350 v-switch
7.14G
Intel® Ethernet Controller XL710 v-switch
10.1G

 

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  • Topology
NEXCOM Launches TCA 5170, a Verified Intel® Select Solution for uCPE
  • Test result
Platform
Intel® Xeon® processor D-2100
 
CPU
Intel® Xeon® processor D-2166NT @2.0GHz
Memory
DDR4@2400 16G x 1
NIC
Intel® Ethernet Network Adapter X722 10G SFP+ (FW 3.33 0x8000e2c)
Intel® QAT
Intel® C6xx Series Chipsets
VPP
Default setting (1queue @1core)
Kernel boot options
iommu=pt intel_iommu=on
Intel® Ethernet Controller I350 1Gb Ethernet TP port
-
64B
128B
256B
512B
768B
1024B
1280B
1518B
MBits/s
590
717
826
901
931
947
957
962
PPS
880279
606774
374250
211866
147754
113430
92057
78223
Intel® Ethernet Network Adapter X772 10Gb Ethernet SFP+ port
-
64B
128B
256B
512B
768B
1024B
1280B
1518B
MBits/s
2343
4067
7486
9000
9310
9480
9570
9624
PPS
348745
3435770
3390647
2115166
1477056
1135134
920209
782220

 

How far away are you from the “edge”? With TCA 5170 the “edge” is under your feet. Visit us or contact us for more information.
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Ordering Information

TCA 5170 (P/N: 10CA0517000X0)

1U Intel® Xeon®-D 2100 (Skylake-D) SoC D-2145NT with 4 x 10GbE + 8 1GbE LAN ports, 2 LAN module (NI/NX series) bays, w/o LCM kit

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