Today’s network attached storage devices for home and SOHO users are normally based on one of two platforms: Marvell’s ARM for inexpensive products and Intel’s Atom for top-performance solutions. The former is more than enough to service a small network with several desktop PCs, notebooks, mobile gadgets and media players but if you need to run a lot of extra services and want to have some reserve of speed, the x86 platform would be more appropriate, especially as it is also superior in terms of support for external controllers and compatibility with drivers and applications.
Introduced early this year, Intel’s Cedarview CPUs have been steadily replacing their Pineview counterparts (such as the Atom D525 model which is widely used in NASes). They feature higher clock rates, lower power consumption and an improved graphics core.
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