Mixtile Cluster Box can Hold up to four RK3588 SBCs connected Via PCIe

Mixtile Cluster Box can Hold up to four RK3588 SBCs connected Via PCIe

Mixtile Cluster Box is a four-slot chase that can hold up to four Mixtile Blade 3 boards. Released last year, this board is powered by the Rockchip RK3588 SoC. What makes this board different from others is the U.2 Interface which provides a fast, reliable, and scalable storage solution which is a key component in demanding computational projects.

The highlighting feature of this Mixtile Cluster Box is its ability to hold four Mixtile Blade 3 devices this enhances the computational performance of the device also being neat. This will be very useful for those who are working on demanding projects.

Mixtile recently launched the Cluster Box, a compact steel case with cooling fans that connects and holds up to four Mixtile Blade 3 boards. These boards were released last year and they are powered by the Rockchip RK3588 SoC and can be linked through PCIe interfaces in the Cluster Box, enabling multi-node computation.

The Mixtile Cluster Box is powered by the ASM2824 PCIe Packet Switch chip that can handle data-intensive applications very easily. This switch provides flexible upstream PCIe interface choices, including 1, 2, 4, or 8 lanes, and it can automatically detect lane configurations at start-up. In downstream mode, it can handle a 16-lane PCIe 3.1 interface with support for up to 12 PCIe ports.

The switch also includes power-saving modes (L0 to L3), deep sleep modes, wake-up functions, port disabling, latency reporting, error handling, and I/O virtualization for both upstream and downstream ports.

As for storage options, you can add up to four NVMe M.2 SSDs with PCIe 3.0 x2 compatibility, allowing expanded storage capacity.

Mixtile Cluster Box also features a cutting-edge backplate, a control board, and a customized small chassis with fans inside. Blade 3 SBCs can be connected to the product chassis through the U.2 interface. The device also has an ASM2824 PCIe Switch chip, with 4 downstream ports configured as PCIe 3.0 ×4 and connected to the U.2 interface.

In terms of software, the Mixtile Cluster Box utilizes Open-WRT which is open source and can be used by everybody. Mixtile said they will also provide a software package that enables the PCIe interface to function as a virtual network interface so that you will be able to connect external GbE ethernet to your Mixtile Cluster Box.

A unique feature of the Mixtile Cluster Box is its use of Captive Screws. This design means you can put it together or take it apart by hand, without needing any special tools. This makes it user-friendly, especially for those who might not have technical experience with such equipment.

The Mixtile Cluster Box increases storage space for your projects. It connects to Mixtile Blade 3 boards using a U.2 interface. The Box has four NVMe M.2 M-Key slots, which are compatible with fast NVMe SSDs and support the PCIe 3.0 ×2 standard. This setup allows for more and faster storage, useful for large projects or important data.

The Mixtile Cluster Box has a small case with two 60mm Fans inside. These fans keep the system cool, preventing it from getting too hot and ensuring it works well, especially when used for a long time or heavy tasks. This helps the Box perform at its best without overheating.

This compact yet powerful product can be used for high-performance computing, data analysis, AI and machine learning, container orchestration with Kubernetes and Docker, on-premises deployment, and parallel programming. It effectively handles complex tasks and large data sets, making it suitable for advanced technical applications.

Mixtile offers the Cluster Box for $339.00, which can be bought directly from their official website. This deal comes with the Mixtile Cluster Box itself, a power adapter (19 V/4.74 A), and several additional accessories.

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