Network Attached Storage specialist ASUSTOR today took the wraps off its all new NAS series, announcing new hardware and a new of new and refreshed applications. The AS 3 Series is classes as a “baby brother” to the current AS 6 Series, designed predominately for home use.

The new device is based around a dual-core 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor with the following specs:

  • Intel® Atom™ 1.6 GHz Dual-Core CPU
  • 1GB DDR3 RAM
  • Maximum supported capacity of hard disks: 8TB (2-bay) and 16TB (4-bay)
  • USB 3.0 (5 Gb/s)
  • Audio jack (line-out)
  • HDMI output
  • Infrared receiver
  • Hard drive hot swapping
  • Support for online RAID level migration and capacity expansion
  • Supported volume types: single disk, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 6, RAID 10

The company has been hard at work developing the latest release of its ADM operating system. Shipping with the AS 3 Series, the new release will be available for download for AS 6 owners, and arrives with the following features:

  • Easy installation and graphical user interface
  • SearchlightTM search engine (an industry first)
  • Customizable desktop wallpaper
  • Pin frequently used applications to the taskbar
  • Newly added Mission Mode backup
  • Encrypted VPN connections with support for commonly used OpenVPN and PPTP protocols
  • App Central V2 NAS App repository
  • FTP Explorer – The world’s first FTP client designed for use on a NAS
  • Downloadable XBMC multimedia player (Beta)
  • Newly added NAS App – SoundsGood Web music player
  • Exclusive Cloud ConnectTM technology for easy access to the NAS
  • Supports file sharing across Windows, Mac OS X and Unix-like operating systems
  • Rsync, FTP, cloud, external and One Touch backup with 2-way transfer support
  • Military grade AES 256-bit encryption for individual shared folders
  • Internal and external disk hibernation

Media fans will be pleased to see XBMC, the popular media centre application, coming to the ASUSTOR range – particularly given Boxee’s recent sale to Samsung.

We’ll hope to receive a AS 3 review unit from ASUSTOR in the coming weeks – stay tuned for our thoughts.