Axzez's Interceptor Turns a Raspberry Pi CM4 Into a Five-Drive Four-Ethernet Port NAS and IoT Marvel

Design includes five SATA ports, four Ethernet ports, two HDMI ports, up to four USB ports, RS-485 — and a real-time clock, too.

Electronics startup Axzez has opened pre-orders for a Raspberry Pi Compute Module carrier board designed for Network Attached Storage (NAS) and Internet of Things (IoT) applications: the Interceptor.

"The Axzez Interceptor [is] a Raspberry Pi CM4 carrier board for NAS, NVR, IoT, and managed switch applications," the company writes of its creation. "Axzez conveniently provides a Raspbian 11 'Bullseye' operating system, drivers, and setup image, which can be downloaded for free. With our installer image, you will be up and running in minutes. No drivers to install or configuration to figure out."

Designed to host a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4, which includes four Arm Cortex-A72 processor cores, a VideoCore VI graphics core, and up to 8GB of RAM, the carrier board includes five SATA ports, four gigabit Ethernet ports, two full-size USB 2.0 ports and a further two ports via nine-pin header, two full-size HDMI display connectors, and an RS-485 port.

On top of this, Axzez's design includes a real-time clock with battery backup, four three-pin fan connectors, an eight-pin header for power LED, power button, and UART serial, and two FFC connectors — unused at present but available, the company says, "for later expansion." Power, meanwhile, is provided on a 24-pin ATX connector — making it directly compatible with cases and power supplies designed for more traditional PCs.

The company has opened pre-orders for the Interceptor on its site at $99, without a Compute Module 4, and expects to begin shipping from the first production run in mid-February — but warns only "a limited quantity" will be available.

Gareth Halfacree
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