AppliedMicro Contributes First ARM-Based Microserver Specification to
Open Compute Project
World's First ARM(R) 64-bit Server Board Based on New Specification
Debuts at Open Compute Summit
SANTA CLARA, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/16/13 -- Open Compute Summit -
Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (NASDAQ: AMCC) today announced
that it has signed its contribution license with the Open Compute
Project (OCP) Foundation, developing the first micro server board
design specification based on the ARMv8 architecture. The design will
leverage the AppliedMicro(R) X-Gene(TM) platform, the industry's
first ARM 64-bit Server on a Chip(TM) solution.
As the first ARMv8 contribution to the OCP Motherboard Working Group,
the new specification contributed by AppliedMicro will be the
foundation for purpose-built cloud and enterprise server deployments
specifically focusing on increased density and field serviceability
resulting in a lower total cost of ownership (TCO).
"The X-Gene platform is designed to deliver unprecedented low power,
high performance and integration, with the goal of changing the way
servers are designed for cloud and enterprise applications," said Dr.
Paramesh Gopi, president and CEO of AppliedMicro. "This purpose-built
server on a chip and open source software deliver the cost
efficiency, power and performance needed to serve evolving data
center workloads. And, with X-Gene silicon slated to sample to key
customers this quarter, an ARM 64-bit server motherboard design has
the potential to reach the data center by the end of this year."
The new micro server design was showcased by Frank Frankovsky,
chairman of the Open Compute Foundation and vice president of
hardware design and supply chain at Facebook, during his keynote
today at the Open Compute Summit. It is one of the first designs
released for the Open Compute Project common slot architecture
specification -- a specification that can accommodate all SOC
architecture types -- that was also announced at the Summit.
"As the first to deliver silicon based on the ARM 64-bit
architecture, AppliedMicro gives consumers an opportunity to evaluate
the benefits of this compelling processor architecture in server
motherboard designs," Frankovsky said. "An alternative processor
architecture such as ARM, coupled with open source software, has the
potential to radically increase the amount of compute power we can
get from the energy we consume and the money we spend."
Gopi also presented at today's Open Compute Summit and noted that key
customers will have samples in house this quarter. The server
motherboard design featuring the X-Gene platform is being showcased
at the Summit in the AppliedMicro Booth #A2, January 16-17 at the
Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara.
About the X-Gene Platform
As the world's first 64-bit ARM processor,
the X-Gene platform combines ARMv8-compliant cores with advanced
off-load engine capabilities unique to AppliedMicro. The new Server
on a Chip solution has been purpose-built to deliver compelling
performance for real-world cloud workloads at a fraction of the power
and cost of existing solutions. Together, AppliedMicro and ARM
co-developed the ARMv8 architecture, giving AppliedMicro a
significant lead in enabling a new breed of public and private cloud
Applied Micro Circuits Corporation is a global
leader in computing and connectivity solutions for next-generation
cloud infrastructure and data centers. AppliedMicro delivers silicon
solutions that dramatically lower total cost of ownership. Corporate
headquarters are located in Sunnyvale, California. www.apm.com.
X-Gene, Server on a Chip, Applied Micro Circuits Corporation, AMCC,
AppliedMicro and the AppliedMicro logo are trademarks or registered
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