Soekris Engineering 6501

net6501 - finally available now!

This compact, low-power, low-cost, advanced communication computer is based on an up to 1.6 Ghz Intel Atom E6xx series processor. It has four 10/100/1000 Mbit ethernet ports, up to 2 Gbyte DDR2-SDRAM main memory and uses an internal low profile USB socket or mSATA module for program and data storage. It can be expanded using MiniPCI-Express boards, hard drives and low-power standard PCI-Express boards.

It has been optimized for use as a Firewall, VPN Router, Internet Gateway and Small Server Applications, but has the flexibility to take on a whole range of different functions as a communication appliance. The board is designed for long life and low power.

It is available in any volume in the standard version, and as board only or with a small metal box and various power supplies. The board can be customized according to requirements when ordering higher volume.

There are 3 variations of the 6501:

net6501 - top

net6501 - bottom


  • 600 Mhz to 1.6 Ghz Intel Atom E6xx single chip processor with EG20T companion chip
  • 512 to 2048 Mbyte DDR2-SDRAM, soldered on board
  • 8 Mbit BIOS/BOOT Flash
  • Internal low profile USB socket, bootable
  • 2x SATA 3 Gbit interfaces with +5V and +12V power header
  • 4x Intel 82574IT Gigabit Ethernet ports, Auto-MDIX RJ-45, protected to 700W/40A Surge
  • 2x Serial ports, DB9 and 10 pins internal header
  • USB 2.0 interface, 2x internal, 1x external port, bootable
  • Power LED, Disk LED, Error LED, Status LED, Network LED's
  • 2x Mini-PCI Express sockets with mSATA support
  • 2x PCI Express Slots, right angle
  • 16 bit general purpose I/O, 24 pins header, connected to user programable FPGA
  • Temperature and voltage monitor, fan controller
  • Light Management Microcontroller
  • Board size 5.7" x 5.8"
  • Power using external power supply is 6-25V DC, max 30 Watt, protected with TVS
  • NiMH batteri backup connector with charge and monitoring
  • Option for 5V supply using internal connector
  • Operating temperature 0-60 C

Cases Available

  • Standard case with 1 PCI-Express slot, 5.9" x 11.0" x 1.3"
  • 1U 19" rackmount with with 2 PCI-Express slots and 40W Internal Power Supply


  • comBIOS for full headless operation over serial port
  • PXE boot rom for diskless booting
  • Designed for FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD and Linux
  • Runs most realtime operating systems


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