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SoftIron Announces The World's First Production 64-bit ARM-Based Enterprise Server Motherboard Using X-Gene(TM) Technology

SOUTHAMPTON, U.K., June 19, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SoftIron® today announced it will showcase its 64-bit ARMv8 based enterprise-grade server motherboard at the 2014 International Supercomputing Conference (ISC), taking place in Leipzig, Germany from June 22-26, 2014. The SoftIron 64-0800 server motherboard introduces technology partner Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (Nasdaq:AMCC) 64-bit ARM-based Server on a Chip™ solution to the high performance computing and data-centre markets ISC attendees can see the technology first-hand in the AppliedMicro booth, No. 506.

"We are excited to announce the launch of the first production X-Gene 64-bit ARM enterprise server motherboard today," said Norman Fraser, CEO, SoftIron. "Our server motherboard delivers high performance 64-bit ARM enabled computing with full virtualisation to the enterprise space for the first time. Until now, all ARM based servers have been microservers; our server is the first ARM 'macroserver' which is a genuine alternative to mainstream x86 servers for a wide range of scale deployment scenarios."

SoftIron 64-0800 Server Motherboard

SoftIron's 64-0800 server motherboard uses AppliedMicro's X-Gene ARMv8 64-bit Server-on-a-Chip technology. It offers up to twice the performance-per-watt of leading x86 alternatives and has the potential to be deployed at twice the rack density. Initially available in an eight core processor unit, the server boasts many power-saving and performance-enhancing innovations.

Product features:
  • MicroATX form factor motherboard
  • 8 core ARM-based 64-bit X-Gene CPU
  • 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
  • PCIe 3.0 (8-lane) connector

The SoftIron 64-0800 server motherboard offers an integrated security subsystem with a fully featured, packet-processing engine for offloading cryptographic operations from the CPU. This provides hardware support for industry-standard, cryptographic algorithms and protocols, dramatically improving the performance of many compute-intensive security tasks. "Our server motherboard has been designed from the ground up to deliver the features and performance required by the demanding high performance computing market place," added Fraser. "Our design takes AppliedMicro's market leading X-Gene silicon and integrates it with an ultra-efficient board and power supply design, to deliver server technology that maximises efficiency and improves Total Cost of Ownership."

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