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Date: 08-10-14

64 bit ARM servers: Both chips and systems now in supply

If you are looking for higher server performance at low power you can start exploring using ARM 64 bit servers for your future enterprise computing including web hosting, cloud computing and many such systems.

SoftIron started shipping its 64-bit ARMv8-based enterprise-grade server motherboard designed using 64-bit ARM-based X-Gene Server on a Chip from Applied Micro. It is said that these server boards offer twice the performance-per-watt of leading x86 alternatives and has the potential to be deployed at twice the rack density.

SoftIron's Mother Board is available in MicroATX form factor and is powered by 8 core ARM-based 64-bit X-Gene CPU. The board offers 2x memory channels (240-pin 72bit DIMM) up to 128 GB memory, 4x SATA 3.0 ports , 2x 10GigE ports , 2x 1GigE RJ45 ports, 2x USB3.0 connector, and PCIe 3.0 (8-lane) connector.

Hewlett Packard (HP) has made available its first 64-bit ARM Server With Applied Micro's X-Gene ARM 64-bit server SoCs. If you are Dell fan, Dell is also soon selling ARM 64 bit servers, it has already displayed its ARM 64 bit based concept storage server at the TechCon conf. in US.

Server processor ICs based on ARM 64 bit:

1. AMD is offering its Opteron A1100 codenamed Seattle for computer mother board designers to design a low power ARM 64 processor powered systems.
The AMD Opteron A1100 Series processor supports:
4 and 8 ARM Cortex-A57 cores
Up to 4 MB of shared L2 and 8 MB of shared L3 cache
Configurable dual DDR3 or DDR4 memory channels with ECC at up to 1866 MT/second
Up to 4 SODIMM, UDIMM or RDIMMs
8 lanes of PCI-Express Gen 3 I/O
8 Serial ATA 3 ports
2 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports
ARM TrustZone technology for enhanced security
Crypto and data compression co-processors
AMD is also offering Opteron A1100 development kit is packaged in a microATX form factor which includes:
An AMD Opteron A1100-Series processor with 4 cores
2 Registered DIMM with 16 GB of DDR3 DRAM
PCI Express connectors configurable as a single x8 or dual x4 ports
8 Serial-ATA connectors
Compatibility with standard power supplies
Standard UEFI boot environment
Linux environment based on Fedora technology from the Red Hat-sponsored Fedora community
Standard Linux GNU tool chain, including cross-development version
Platform device drivers
Apache web server, MySQL database engine, and PHP scripting language for developing robust Web serving applications
Java 7 and Java 8 versions to enable developers to work in a 64-bit ARM environment

2. Applied Micro has launched a new processor family called HeliX based on ARMv8-A architecture.

These processors are designed for use in wired and wireless networking, networked storage, office automation solutions and industrial controls. Helix can scale from fanless systems to high-end control plane processing.

Available in two-, four- and eight-core configurations ranging from 1.2GH to 2.4GHz; 1-2 channels of high bandwidth DDR3 memory, 1-2 Integrated 10GbE NIC’s, and I/O Virtualization.

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