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Fanless, linux-ready gateway builds on first-gen UP board

Dec 12, 2016 — by Eric Brown 2,767 views

Aaeon’s “UP-GWS01” fanless gateway is built around its quad-core Cherry Trail based UP board, with four USB ports, GbE and HDMI, and optional wireless.

Aaeon’s UP-GWS01 gateway is an extension of Aaeon’s community-backed, but not fully open source UP board. No pricing was available for the UP-GWS01, but the UP single board computer itself ranges from $99 with 2GB RAM and 16GB eMMC to $149 with 4GB RAM and 64GB eMMC. No memory specs were listed for the UP-GWS01, so all these options are likely available.

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The UP board runs on Intel’s 14nm “Cherry Trail” Atom x5-Z8350, a quad-core SoC clocked to 1.44GHz with 1.92GHz burst speed and low, 2 Watt consumption (per Intel’s “scenario design power” spec). The board has a 40-pin Raspberry Pi compatible expansion interface, but it’s unclear if this or other internal components are user accessible on the UP-GWS01. Note that this is the original UP board, not the new Apollo Lake based UP Squared.

UP board detail view
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The 95 × 91 x 37mm UP-GWS01 gateway system implements a subset of the UP board’s features, including an HDMI port, a GbE port, and optional WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 modules. You get a single USB 3.0 port and four USB 2.0 ports. A 5V, 4A DC-in jack is also available. The system runs a variety of Linux distros, as well as Android 6.0 and Windows 10.

UP-GWS01 detail
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Specifications listed for the UP-GWS01 include:

  • Processor — Intel Atom x5-Z8350 (4x Cherry Trail cores @ 1.44GHz / 1.92GHz burst); Intel HD 400 Graphics (200MHz/500MHz)
  • Memory (on UP) — 2GB or 4GB DDR3L-1600 RAM; 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB eMMC flash
  • Display — HDMI 1.4b
  • Wireless:
    • Optional 802.11 a/b/g/n or b/g/n
    • Optional Bluetooth 4.0
  • Networking — Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Other I/O:
    • USB 3.0 OTG port
    • 4x USB 2.0 ports
  • Power — 5V, 4A DC-in
  • Dimensions — 95 × 91 x 37mm
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 40° C
  • Operating system – Ubilinux; Ubuntu Linux; Yocto Linux; Android 6.0; Windows 10

Further information


No pricing or availability information was provided for the UP-GWS0 gateway, but the data sheet lists two models with and two models without the UP board (with 4GB RAM and 32GB eMMC) included, with one of each pair including a VESA mounting plate. More details may be found on Aaeon’s UP-GWS0 product page.

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