[Intel® CERA Design]


Intel® Powered Edge Solutions the Converged Edge Reference Architecture (CERA) platform is the industry solution to overcome these challenges. CERA unifies and converges IOT with wireless infrastructure network technology to simplify workload convergence at the edge while densifying wireless networks. The CERA reference platform abstracts network complexity and streamlines the solution get-to-market process from development to deployment, enabling solution providers to consume, deploy, and scale their services to offer new value to their customers.


Equipment and Tech Providers


Solution Integrators


Comms & Telco Service Providers

Customer Deployments

Customer Deployments

CERA offers pre-validated blueprints that combines commercially-hardened hardware and software that accelerate design and development of edge solutions that support diverse workloads in an unified architecture. CERA blueprints leverage Open Network Edge Services Software (OpenNESS) and OpenVINO to optimize networking and AI applications at the edge.


Integrate CERA into Network Applications
It’s not that difficult

Open the door to faster deployments of inference systems with the IEI PUZZLE Dev. Kit via the Intel® Distribution of OpenNESS & OpenVINO™ toolkit


Smart Choice for Inference System With IEI PUZZLE Dev. Kit


OpenNESS is a software toolkit that enables highly optimized and performant edge platforms to on-board and manage applications and network functions with cloud-like agility. OpenNESS is a modular, microservice oriented architecture which can be consumed by a customer as whole solution or in parts.

Modular Solution

Microservices Architecture

Consumable as a whole or in parts

OpenNESS eases edge platform development and deployment:

  • Abstracts Network Complexity: Choose across many data planes, container network interfaces and access technologies
  • Cloud Native Capabilities: Support for Cloud native ingredients for resource orchestration, telemetry and service mesh
  • Hardware/Software Optimizations for Best Performance and ROI: Dynamic discovery and optimal placement of apps/services. Expose underlying edge hardware and enables control/management of hardware accelerators

OpenNESS is intended for the following types of users

Service Providers

Communication Service Providers (CoSP), Cloud Service Providers (CSP), Managed Service Providers (MSP) and Enterprise.

Edge Builder

Independent Software Vendors, Original Equipment Manufacturers, System Integrators

App/Services Developers

Network Function vendors, Enterprise/ Cloud/ IoT App vendors

Achieving AI with IEI Deep Learning Solution

Puzzle Dev. Kit is an AI hardware ready system ideal for deep learning inference computing to help you get faster, deeper insights into your customers and your business. IEI’s PUZZLE Dev. Kit supports graphics cards, Intel FPGA acceleration card, and Intel VPU acceleration card and provides additional computational power and end-to-end solution to help run your tasks more efficiently. With the NVIDIA TensorRT, QNAP QuAI, and Intel OpenVINO AI development toolkit, it helps you deploy your solutions faster than ever.

Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ toolkit

Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ toolkit is based on convolutional neural networks (CNN); the toolkit extends workloads across multiple types of Intel® platforms and maximizes performance.

It can optimize pre-trained deep learning models such as Caffe, MXNET, and Tensorflow. The tool suite includes more than 20 pre-trained models, and supports 100+ public and custom models (including Caffe, MXNet, TensorFlow, ONNX, Kaldi) for easier deployments across Intel® silicon products (CPU, GPU/Intel® Processor Graphics, FPGA, VPU).

  • Intel® Movidius solution
  • 8 x Myriad X VPU
  • PCIe 2.0 x4
  • Low profile, half size, single slot

* Some SKUs are pre-installed with a Mustang-V100-MX8.

Ready for Proprietary Network Appliance

In a virtual CPE (vCPE) model, all the network functions can be consolidated using software-based virtual network functions (VNFs) running on top of a single universal CPE (uCPE) appliance. The VNFs may reside inside an onsite hardware device, in an enterprise data center, or in the cloud. Both businesses and service providers can easily operate IEI PUZZLE Dev. Kit.

Unified Threat Management (UTM)

Intrusion Detection System (IDS)

Application Delivery Controller

Wireless Gateway

WAN Optimization

Next Generation Firewall (NGFW)

PUZZLE Dev. Kit Support Various Expansion Card

Dimensions (Unit: mm)


Form Factor 1U
CPU Intel® Xeon® D-2145NT processor 8-core, 11M cache, 1.90 GHz Intel® Xeon® D-2177NT processor 14-core, 19.25M cache, 1.90 GHz
Chipset Integrated in CPU
Memory Technology DDR4 2133/2400MHz ECC DDR4 RDIMM/LRDIMM
Memory Capacity RDIMM up to 256GB / LRDIMM up to 512GB
Memory Socket 8 x 288-pin DIMM
System Memory Pre-install 64GB (four 16GB) DDR4 Pre-install 128GB (eight 16GB) DDR4
Network and Security
Network Acceleration and Security Function Intel® AES New Instructions
Intel® Software Guard Extensions (Intel® SGX)
Intel® Memory Protection Extensions (Intel® MPX)
Intel® Trusted Execution Technology
TPM 1 x TPM 2.0 pin header
Ethernet IC 1 GbE NIC: Intel® i211-AT
10 GbE: Intel® X722 integrated in CPU
Ethernet Port 4 x 10 GbE SFP+ / 8 x 1GbE RJ-45 LAN ports
Network Module Slot 1 x PulM module slot
Expansion Slot
PCIe Slot One PCIe x8 slot
PCIe Mini Card Slot 1 x PCIe Mini (PCIe + USB 2.0) with SIM card
M.2 1 x M.2 M key 2260/2280 Support PCIe 3.0 x4 nVME
Storage 2 x 2.5" SATA HDD/SSD bay support SATA 3.0 (6 Gbps) (2x 2.5” 512MB SSD pre-installed) (RAID 0/1 support)
External I/O
USB 1 x USB 2.0 / 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1
Console 1 x RJ-45
Power and Mechanical
Power Switch 1 x Power switch
Reset Button 1 x Reset button
Power Input 100 V ~ 240 V
Type/Watt Redundant power 300W, 90V~264V AC
Processor Cooling 1 x Passive CPU heatsink
System Cooling 3 x Cooling fans with smart fan
Antenna Hole 1 x Antenna hole
Physical and Environmental
Storage Temperature -20°C ~ 75°C (-4°F ~ 167°F)
Operating Temperature 0°C ~ 40°C (32°F ~ 104°F)
Operating Humidity Relative humidity: 5% ~ 90% non-condensing
Dimensions (W x L x H) (mm) 430 x 426 x 44.2
Weight 7 kg
OS and Certifications
Certification CE/FCC
Operating System Pre-installed CentOS & Open Network Edge Services Software (OpenNess) & Neural Network Optimization (OpenVINO™ toolkit)
LCM LCM, 2 buttons
LED Power status, Storage status, Alert LED

Ordering Information

Part No. Description
PUZZLE-IN004-XD1/64G/R-R10 1U Rackmount Network Appliance with Intel® Xeon® D-2145NT (Up to 3.00 GHz, 8-Core, TDP 65W) Processor, four 64GB (four 16GB) DDR4, 1T ( two 512GB) SSD, eight 1GbE, four 10 GbE, RoHS
PUZZLE-IN004-XD4/128G/R-R10 1U Rackmount Network Appliance with Intel® Xeon® D-2177NT (Up to 3.00 GHz, 14-Core, TDP 105W) Processor, 128GB (eight 16GB) DDR4, 1T (two 512GB) SSD, eight 1GbE, four 10 GbE, RoHS
Part No. Description
Mustang-V100-MX8-R11 Computing Accelerator Card with 8 Movidius™ Myriad™ X MA2485 VPU, PCIe 2.0 x4
Mustang-V100-MX4-R10 Computing Accelerator Card with 4 Intel® Movidius™ Myriad™ X MA2485 VPU, PCIe 2.0 x2 interface
Mustang-M2BM-MX2-R10 Deep learning inference accelerating M.2 2280 B/M key card with 2 Intel® Movidius™ Myriad™ X MA2485 VPU

PulM Series NIC Card Options

Part No. Description
PulM-10G4SF-XL710-R10 Intel® Ethernet Controller XL710-BM1 based Network Interface Card with 4 x SFP+ by 1 PCIe 3.0 x 8 interface, RoHS.
PulM-10G2SF-X710-R10 Intel® Ethernet Controller X710-BM2 based Network Interface Card with 2x SFP+ by 1 PCIe 3.0 x 8 interface, RoHS.
PulM-1G4T-I350-R10 Intel® Ethernet Controller I350-AM4 based Network Interface Card with 4 x RJ-45 by 2 PCIe 2.0 x4 interface, RoHS.
PulM-1G4T-I350-BP-R10 Intel® Ethernet Controller I350-AM4 based Network Interface Card with 4 x RJ-45 by 2 PCIe 2.0 x4 with bypass interface, RoHS.
PulM-1G8T-I350-R10 Intel® Ethernet Controller I350-AM4 based Network Interface Card with 8 x RJ-45 by 2 PCIe 2.0 x4 interface, RoHS.
PulM-1G8T-I350-BP-R10 Intel® Ethernet Controller I350-AM4 based Network Interface Card with 8 x RJ-45 by 2 PCIe 2.0 x4 with bypass interface, RoHS.
PulM-1G4SF-I350-R10 Intel® Ethernet Controller I350-AM4 based Network Interface Card with 4 x SFP by 2 PCIe 2.0 x4 interface, RoHS.
PulM-1G8SF-I350-R10 Intel® Ethernet Controller I350-AM4 based Network Interface Card with 8 x SFP by 2 PCIe 2.0 x4 interface, RoHS.


Part No. Description
RAIL-B02 Rail kit for PUZZLE-IN004 Dev.Kit (for rackmount)
32013-004000-100-RS Round cable, LAN cable, FTDI console cable, 2; 1800MM, (A) USB A type 4P MALE+PCB: FTDI_FT232RL, (B) RJ-45 8P8C, RoHS
32005-005100-100-RS Round cable, RS-232/422/485, PUZZLE RS-232 cable, 2, 500MM, 24AWG; (A) D-SUB 9P MALE+#4-40 Screw, (B) RJ-45 plug 8P8C, ONE PCS PKG, TC&C, RoHS
27563-000001-RS LTE/WCDMA, HSPA+, Fibocom, L860-GL-00, INTEL XMM7560, PCI-E Interface, L860-GL (LTE, CAT16, M.2), Typical 3.3V, CCL, RoHS

Packing List

2 x Power cord

2 x Rack mounting ears

6 x Screws for rack mounting ears

1 x USB to console cable