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New QNAP Quad-Core TS-x53A Series, an IoT-centric QTS-Linux Combo NAS, Supports Hardware-accelerated Encryption & Transcoding With 4K UHD HDMI Output

QNAP Systems, Inc. announced the release of the TS-x53A series - the world's first QTS-Linux dual system NAS. Powered by an 14nm Intel Celeron N3150 quad-core 1.6GHz processor with hardware encryption acceleration, and Intel 8th generation HD Graphics, the TS-x53A series provides 4K UHD HDMI output, 4K H.264 video hardware-accelerated transcoding & playback, snapshots for multiple recovery points, integrated virtualization and container support. The TS-x53A series can provide a secure private cloud environment for file backup and sharing, and with the new Linux Station it can act as a great base for Internet of Things (IoT) application and developments.

The TS-x53A series is available in 2, 4, 6 and 8-bay models and is powered by a new Intel Celeron 1.6GHz processor (burst up to 2.08GHz) with dual-channel 4GB or 8GB DDR3L-1600 RAM configuration (upgradable to 8GB). Coupled with SATA 6Gb/s support and 2/4 Gigabit LAN ports, the series delivers up to 400MB/s throughput performance for business applications and to meet multitasking requirements. It also features AES-NI hardware-accelerated encryption for over 200MB/s AES 256-bit encrypted transfer rates for either full NAS volumes or shared folders. With the new Linux Station, users can plug in a HDMI monitor and USB keyboard & mouse to the NAS as if it were a standard Linux desktop system.

"The next-generation TS-x53A QTS-Linux Combo NAS series is specially designed as a Linux-based gateway for the IoT era" said Jason Hsu, Product Manager of QNAP, adding "Alongside its high-speed data transmission and advanced snapshot features, it supports versatile HDMI applications and 4K video playback & transcoding. The TS-x53A series greatly extends possibilities for work and multimedia use, providing users with a complete storage solution with higher value to cost."

Powered by 8th-generation Intel HD Graphics, the TS-x53A series can be connected to an HDMI TV or A/V receiver to enjoy up to 4K UHD media playback with up to 7.1 channel HD audio passthrough using Kodi™ media player. A free remote control is included for greater convenience. The TS-x53A series supports hardware-assisted real-time 4K H.264 video transcoding for videos to be smoothly played on various devices and Smart TVs. The dual HDMI output allows two monitors to be used in either a "duplicated" or "extended" desktop configuration.

Featuring the latest QTS 4.2 operating system, the TS-x53A series provides various applications to meet business needs such as up to 256 volume/LUN snapshots and max 1024 total snapshots per NAS for easy backup, restoration and cloning; cross-platform file sharing & backup for Windows, Mac, Linux and UNIX users; and disaster recovery solutions with Real-Time Remote Replication (RTRR), rsync and cloud storage backup. TS-x53A series users can also flexibly expand their storage on demand by connecting an 8-bay UX-800P or 5-bay UX-500P expansion unit.

Users can run multiple Windows, Linux, UNIX and Android based virtual machines on the NAS with Virtualization Station; download apps from the Docker Hub Registry by using the Container Station which integrates both LXC and Docker virtualization technologies.

QNAP offers versatile apps to improve work productivity: Qsirch quickens NAS file searches with its powerful real-time full-text search engine; Qsync synchronizes files across client computers and devices with the NAS, and is helpful for group file sharing and collaboration. Users can further increase the functionalities of the TS-x53A series with the built-in App Center.

The TS-x53A series supports OceanKTV - QNAP's NAS-based karaoke system and features two 6.3mm microphone jacks and one 3.5mm Line Out audio jack. With high-capacity storage, tone-tuning functions, an intuitive user interface and HDMI output, the TS-x53A is transformed into an innovative and budget-friendly karaoke system. The experience can be controlled using a dedicated companion app for Android and iOS devices.


The new TS-x53A series is now available. For more information of these new products and the full QNAP Turbo NAS line up, including where to buy, please visit

Published Thursday, December 17, 2015 9:32 AM by David Marshall
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