Subject: Re: Interest in Broadcom crypto cards?
To: Todd Vierling <>
From: Thomas E. Spanjaard <>
List: tech-embed
Date: 02/20/2007 13:37:59
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Todd Vierling wrote:
> There are many such embedded/small-CPU devices (not just for VPN, mind
> you) that need low power consumption, which is certainly not an
> amd64-type-CPU strong suit.  A CPU of the power you mention is a *very
> very bad* fit here; typically these machines are 486 or Pentium-II
> generation at best.  It's like comparing pears vs. tangerines, or
> something like that.

I'm left wondering what use PCI64/66 is there then? Sure, there are SoCs 
with PCI64/66 buses (Intel/Marvell?), but I haven't seen any solution 
where they offer that as PCI slot, save a couple of development boards. 
Is that perhaps what you're referring to?

> Now, show me a complete amd64-based machine in the ballpark of the
> speed you mention, using less than 2A of current @ 5VDC, and we'll
> talk.  8-)

The X2 3800+ EE (35W, dualcore) chip might come close if running at its 
lowest powernow/cnq speed/voltage, though that's just the CPU then ofcourse.

         Thomas E. Spanjaard

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