Traverse Ten64

by Traverse Technologies

An eight-core ARM64 networking platform with mainline Linux support

View all updates Sep 20, 2019

Announcing the Ten64

by Mathew M

Hello everyone,

It has been a while since we last posted an update – but a lot has been happening behind the scenes! The Traverse team has expanded greatly in the last year, and we now have a couple of development projects on-going, including our next generation networking products.

Today we announced the Ten64, a new networking-focused board based on NXP’s Layerscape LS1088A SoC. This replaces the previously-planned LS1043 design (Five64). Due to derivatives of the Ten64 being specified for operator RFQs we haven’t been able to unveil it until now – but the community will be the first to get their hands on the platform!

New Features and Upgrades

Ten64 is a brand new design, built from the ground up for high-bandwidth wireless and wired networking, Linux development, and modern virtualization and container applications. We have taken feedback on board from NXP, network software vendors, as well as avoiding some ‘pain-points’ of our previous LS1043 design.

With the new design we are bringing some significant advancements in the featureset:

  • DDR4 SODIMM instead of soldered down RAM – this provides more flexibility (from 4 GB to 32 GB) and ECC support using off-the-shelf memory.
  • Eight Gigabit Ethernet ports plus two 10G SFP+ - all can be configured as an independent 'ethX' interfaces.

Some advantages of the LS1088 vs the LS1043 are:

  • DPAA2 Network architecture: "object oriented" networking that allows resources to be dynamically configured
  • More cores: 8xA53 vs 4xA53
  • IOMMU support, for isolation and virtualization passthrough
  • PCI Express 3.0
  • Full DDR4 bus (64-bit) with support for ECC + higher bus rate (2100 MT/s)

Traverse Ten64 Architecture

Ten64 block diagram - excludes minor components (e.g., sensors), correct at time of publication

The LS1088 is a very innovative SoC and we ourselves have not even scratched the surface of its full capabilities. In the future, we hope to bring advances such as hardware accelerated routing and virtual switch offloading to the community. In the meantime, we are working hard to provide an excellent platform you can use today.

Enclosure Options

The Ten64 board is Mini-ITX compatible and will work both directly powered from DC and with ATX-style power supplies (via an adaptor). For networking and wireless applications, we have been developing a modular desktop case:

Note this is an initial prototype - changes for the PCB and case are already on the way.

For storage-oriented applications, we are working on qualifying various NAS cases on the market.

Next Steps

The Ten64 campaign is scheduled for October. Until then, we will update the pre-launch page on Crowd Supply as we finalize our manufacturing, enclosures, and software plans.

About the Author

Mathew M

mcbridematt  ·   Melbourne, Australia


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Product Choices

$799

Traverse Ten64 Mainboard

A fully assembled and tested Ten64 mainboard installed in a custom metal enclosure with a fan, 60 W power supply, a recovery microSD card, a SIM eject tool, and a hex key, as you'd expect with any good piece of hardware. RAM with ECC not included. Regional power cord and USB-C console cable sold separately.


$7

EU-C13 AC Power Cord

From the Crowd Supply Basics project.

A 1.8 m (6 ft) long AC cable with an EU plug and a C13 plug to fit a C14 port.


$5

AU-C13 AC Power Cord

From the Crowd Supply Basics project.

A 1.8 m (6 ft) long AC cable with an AU plug and a C13 plug to fit a C14 port.


$10

UK-C13 AC Power Cord

From the Crowd Supply Basics project.

A 2.5 m (8.2 ft) long AC cable with a UK plug and a C13 plug to fit a C14 port.


$89

NVMe SSD

From the Crowd Supply Basics project.

The 128 GB drive is compatible with both the M.2 Key M and M.2 Key B slots on Ten64's mainboard, whereas the 256 GB and 512 GB drives are only compatible with the M.2 Key M slot. These drives are only available when purchased with a Ten64.

SanDisk NVMe SSDs in various capacities: 128 GB (P/N SDAPMUW-128G-1022), 256 GB (P/N SDBPNPZ-256G), and 512 GB (P/N SDBPNPZ-512G).


$89

NAS-grade SATA 2.5" SSD

From the Crowd Supply Basics project.

These NAS-grade solid state drives (SSDs) are rated to last much longer than consumer models, so are perfect for NAS bulk storage. Choose from 256 GB (AP256GPPSS25-R), 512 GB (AP512GPPSS25-R), and 1 TB (AP1TPPSS25-R) capacities. These drives are only available when purchased with a Ten64. User installation required.


$4

Flexible SATA Cable

From the Crowd Supply Basics project.

A flexible cable (3M part number 5602-44-0142A-300) for connecting a SATA drive to a SATA controller board.


$102

8 GB DDR4 SODIMM RAM Module

From the Special Items project.

One stick of 8 GB DRR4 SODIMM non-ECC RAM (Micron MTA8ATF1G64HZ-2G6E1)


$6

USB Cable: Type-C to Type-A

From the Crowd Supply Basics project.

Use this cable with your Ten64 Mainboard

A 100 cm cable with a USB Type-C and a USB Type-A connector.

Credits

Traverse Technologies

Traverse is a design house focusing on broadband and machine-to-machine applications. Our key areas of expertise are in wireline (xDSL), wireless (LTE), and embedded Linux with an aim to leverage open source technologies such as Linux and OpenWrt as much as possible.


Guy Ellis

SI and DFM Engineer

Mathew McBride

Product Architect

Brett Hahnel

PCB Layout and CAD

Sean Yang

SW Developer

Dennis Monks

SW Dev Leader

Vaughn Coetzee

Firmware Developer


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