Aaeon’s rugged “FWS-2260” network appliance runs Linux on a 14nm Intel “Braswell” SoC and has six GbE ports, SATA and CFast, and dual mini-PCIe slots.
The FWS-2260 desktop networking appliance was briefly announced last month in conjunction with Aaeon’s 3.5-inch GENE-BSW5 SBC, which similarly runs Linux on Intel’s new 14nm Pentium and Celeron 63000 (“Braswell”) processors. The FWS-2260 will begin sampling in early September.
FWS-2260 rear panel
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As with the GENE-BSW5, Aaeon appears to give you a choice of any of the Braswell processors up to the quad-core, 1.6GHz Pentium N3700. The system similarly supports up to 8GB of RAM. (See our previous GENE-BSW5 coverage for more on Braswell.)
The FWS-2260 updates the Atom E3800 based FWS-2250 appliance, which at 6.3 x 4.1 x 1.37-inch was touted as “the world’s smallest network appliance.” No such claims are made for the faster, more feature-rich FWS-2260, which measures a more typical 10.23 x 7.01 x 1.7 inches.
FWS-2260 front panel
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Whereas the FWS-2250 provided a SATA port only as an option, it’s standard here, along with a 2.5-inch bay. There’s also a CFast socket, or optionally CompactFlash or mSATA. On the FWS-2260, the gigabit Ethernet port count goes from four to six, and there’s now an option for two pair LAN bypass instead of one.
The FWS-2260 integrates a pair of USB 3.0 ports, as well as a serial console port, and offers an optional HDMI port in place of the previous VGA header. There are now two mini-PCIe slots. Like the FWS-2250, there’s a limited 0 to 40°C temperature range but the same extended shock and vibration resistance. This would suggest the appliance is intended for an industrial setting.
Specifications listed for the FWS-2250 include:
- Processor — Intel Pentium or Celeron N3000 (up to 4x Braswell cores @ up to 1.6GHz)
- RAM — up to 8GB DDR3L 1066/1600MHz via 2x SODIMMs
- Storage — 2.5-inch SATA 6Gbps HDD slot; CFast socket (or option CompactFlash or mSATA)
- Networking — 6x gigabit Ethernet ports (optional 2-pair bypass)
- Other I/O:
- 2x USB 3.0 ports
- RJ-45 serial console port
- Optional HDMI port
- KB/mouse internal header
- Expansion — 2x mini-PCI slots with SIM socket via USB signal
- Other features — RTC; watchdog; 17x LEDs; power and reset buttons
- Power — 12V DC power-in connector; 60W adapter
- Operating temperature — 0 to 40°C
- Vibration — 0.5 g rms/5~500Hz with 2.5-inch HDD (operating); 1.5 g rms/5~500Hz (non-operating)
- Shock — 10G peak accel., 11m sec. duration (operating); 20G peak accel., 11m sec. duration (non-operating)
- Dimensions — 10.23 x 7.01 x 1.7 in. (260 x 178 x 44mm)
- Operating system — Yocto Project-based Linux; Windows 7/8.1/10
The FWS-2260 will begin sampling in early September at an unstated price. More information may be found at Aaeon’s FWS-2260 product page.