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First AMD G-Series based LAN appliance appears

Nov 21, 2011 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 23 views

Aewin announced what it claims is the world's first fanless network security appliance built on AMD's G-series processors — in this case, the headless, dual-core 1GHz T24L or 1.4GHz T48L models. The SCB-6977 offers up to 4GB of DDR2 RAM, PCI Express and Mini PCI Express expansion, CompactFlash and 2.5-inch storage, four or six gigabit Ethernet ports, and dual USB 2.0 ports, says the company.

The SCB-6977 does indeed appear to be the first fanless networking appliance equipped with an AMD G-Series processor. Like last year's Aewin SCB-6972, it's an entry level networking appliance, but instead of using a Via Nano processor, the SCB-6977 moves to the G-Series T24L. One of AMD's lowest powered G-Series devices, the processor is limited to a 1GHz clock rate but has a TDP of just five Watts.


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Although the data sheet makes no mention of it, Aewin's announcement says the SCB-6977 also supports a dual-core T48L. This is the fastest of the three "headless" G-Series variants, all of which omit the onboard ATI graphics processor unit (GPU) found on the T24L and most other G-Series processors. Clocked at up to 1.4GHz, the T48L has an 18-Watt TDP, the same as the GPU-enabled, 1.4GHz T48N.

The SCB-6977 shares the same 9.1 x 6 x 1.7 chassis as the SCB-6972, but varies on features. It supports up to 4GB of DDR3 memory instead of just 2GB of DDR2 on the SCB-6972, and provides a PCI Express (PCIe) slot in addition to a mini-PCIe socket for greater expansion. Like the earlier model, it features both a 2.5-inch HDD bay and a CompactFlash socket, according to Aewin.

SCB-6977 port detail

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The appliance offers six gigabit Ethernet copper ports instead of five, and offers one pair with LAN bypass, but it appears to lack the earlier model's WAN-switch expansion option. A four-port version is also available, says the company. Each Ethernet interface offers LED indicators for activity and transfer rate status.

Like the SCB-6972, the SCB-6977 provides dual USB 2.0 ports, but the earlier two additional internal USB interfaces aren't mentioned this time around. As before, a console serial port is available for local system management, maintenance, and diagnostics, and GPIO is provided as well, says Aewin.

Features and specifications listed by Aewin for the SCB-6977 include:

  • Processor - AMD G-Series T24L (single-core, 1GHz) or T48L (dual-core, 1.4GHz)
  • Chipset — AMD A50M
  • Memory — up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM via single SODIMM
  • Storage — 2.5-inch bay for SATA HDD; CompactFlash socket
  • Expansion - mini-PCIe (with USB); PCIe
  • Networking — 6 x gigabit Ethernet ports with LAN bypass on one pair (4 x port version also available)
  • Other I/O:
    • RJ45 port for serial console (COM1)
    • 2 x USB 2.0
    • PS/2 keyboard/mouse via pin-header
    • GPIO (4 x in, 4 x out) via pin-header
  • Power — +12 V DC in; 60-Watt adapter
  • Operating range — 32 to 104 deg. F (0 to 40 deg. C)
  • Dimensions — 9.1 x 6 x 1.7 inches (232 x 153.3 x 44mm)


No pricing, availability or operating system information was provided on the SCB-6977, but more technical details may be found at the Aewin SCB-6977 product page.

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