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SoftIron Announces the World’s First Production 64-bit ARM-Based Enterprise Server Motherboard using X-Gene™ Technology

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ARM 64-bit Technology Delivers Enterprise-class Performance with Ultra-low Power Consumption to the Server Market

Southampton, UK, 19th June 2014 – 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.”

The team behind Southampton-based SoftIron, are all seasoned innovators with experience gained at companies such as 3Com, Micronas, Cisco, DEC and Intel. Fraser adds, “Our team has worked together successfully on previous market-changing ventures over a period of many years and we are confident this is the start of a major new era for the enterprise server”.

The combination of our proven X-Gene silicon with SoftIron’s ultra-low power server technology delivers performance at substantially lower power and provides meaningful TCO savings for the enterprise market,” said Gaurav Singh, Vice President of Technology Strategy, AppliedMicro. “This announcement is a proof point of the enterprise-class performance, reliability, flexibility, and compelling TCO benefit that the X-Gene solution provides. We are thrilled to partner with SoftIron.

We commend SoftIron’s pioneering work to help make ARM based servers a reality for the HPC segment,” said Ian Ferguson, VP Segment Marketing, ARM, “The availability of hardware platforms is a crucial step in enabling customers to quantify the benefits of highly integrated, ARM based solutions for their specific workloads.

 

About SoftIron.

SoftIron is an enterprise technology innovation company founded in 2012 and based at the University of Southampton Science Park, in the South of England. Its next generation enterprise computing products are focused on ultra-low-energy servers which re-write the rules of power consumption, reliability, robustness and performance, enabling massive cost savings and CO2 emission reductions.

 

About AppliedMicro.

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.

 

About ARM.

ARM is at the heart of the world’s most advanced digital products. Our technology enables the creation of new markets and transformation of industries and society. We design scalable, energy efficient-processors and related technologies to deliver the intelligence in applications ranging from sensors to servers, including smartphones, tablets, enterprise infrastructure and the Internet of Things. Learn more and join the conversation at http://community.arm.com.



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© Copyright 2014. Applied Micro Circuits Corporation, AppliedMicro, X-Gene, X-Weave Server on a Chip, and Cloud Server are trademarks or registered trademarks of Applied Micro Circuits Corporation. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owner.

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SoftIron Extends 64-bit ARM Ecosystem with AMD Opteron A1100 Series-based Server

Uses Red Hat Summit Boston to Showcase Prototype Enterprise-Class Development server

Southampton, UK, 26th June 2015

SoftIron® today announced plans to offer a new enterprise-class development server running on an AMD Opteron™ A1100 series processor. Building on its strategy to deliver low-power consumption technologies into the enterprise and high performance computing markets, SoftIron’s latest server helps to broaden the opportunity for enterprise and application development testing within the 64-bit ARM ecosystem.

“We are excited to be working with AMD to continue to strengthen the growing 64-bit ARM enterprise server market,” said Norman Fraser, CEO, SoftIron. “The benefits of ARM technology for the enterprise are clear and real and the opportunity to showcase developments based on AMD’s new Opteron processor represents an exciting next development which adds to the growing market credentials of the ARM ecosystem, as a real alternative to x86 based solutions in the Enterprise and HPC space.”

SoftIron will use this year’s Red Hat Summit in Boston to showcase a 1U half-depth rack mount development system based on a development copy of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and utilising the Hadoop big data framework and the Ceph storage platform at this month’s Red Hat Summit in Boston. General availability of the development system is expected in the 2nd half of 2015.

SoftIron Developer Server

The new development server delivers a comprehensive set of features and benefits including:

  • Architecture
  • 64-bit ARM® v8
  • Processor
  • 1 x AMD Opteron™ A1100 Series processor
  • Processor cores
  • 8 x 64-bit ARM Cortex A57 Cores
  • Memory
  • 2 x 8GB DDR3 DRAM
  • Storage
  • 1 TB HDD
  • Interfaces
  • 2 x 10GBASE-KR Ethernet
  • PCI Express® connectors configurable as a single x8 or dual x4 ports
  • 8 x SATA 3.0 ports
  • Software
  • Standard UEFI boot environment
  • Fedora Linux
  • Standard Linux GNU tool chain, including cross-development version
  • Platform device drivers
  • Apache web server, MySQL database engine, and PHP scripting language
  • Java 7 and Java 8 for 64-bit ARM

Michael Detwiler, a Market Development Manager at AMD said, “We are very excited to be collaborating with SoftIron to develop low power, highly efficient platforms that utilize the AMD Opteron A1100 Series processor, and this development system will play a key role in further expanding the ARM ecosystem.”  

 “The Red Hat team has a strong track record in supporting the development of systems and solutions for the 64-bit ARM architecture and our new development platform delivers another solution to help broaden and support enterprise computing on 64-bit ARM” added Fraser.

About SoftIron

SoftIron is an enterprise technology innovation company founded in 2012 and based at the University of Southampton Science Park, in the South of England. Its next generation enterprise computing products are focused on ultra-low-energy servers which re-write the rules of power consumption, reliability, robustness and performance, enabling massive cost savings and CO2 emission reductions.

 © Copywright 2014. SoftIron is a trademark or registered trademark of SoftIron Ltd. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners.
© ARM is a registered trademark of ARM Limited (or its subsidiaries) in the EU and/or elsewhere.
©AMD, the AMD arrow logo, and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices Inc.

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SoftIron Announces the Commencement of Shipping For Its 64-bit ARM®-Based Enterprise Server Motherboard using X-Gene™ Technology

ARM 64-bit Technology Delivers Enterprise-class Performance with Ultra-low Power Consumption to Server Market Customers

Southampton, UK, 9th October 2014 – SoftIron® today announced it has commenced shipping of its 64-bit ARMv8-based enterprise-grade server motherboard at the 2014 IP Expo event taking place in London, UK on October 8-9, 2014. The SoftIron APM6408.2 server motherboard introduces technology partner Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (NASDAQ: AMCC) 64-bit ARM-based Server on a Chip™ solution to the data-centre and high performance computing markets.  IP Expo attendees can discuss the technology first-hand with SoftIron at stand Pod2V4 of the Futures Den.

“Today we are excited to announce the start of customer shipments,” 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. Since we announced the product in June this year, we have seen very strong interest from both customers and reseller partners.”

SoftIron APM6408.2 Server Motherboard

SoftIron’s 6408 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 APM6408.2 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.

During ARM TechCon™ 2014, in Santa Clara USA, SoftIron successfully demonstrated one of the first implementations of KVM virtualization on a production 64-bit ARM-based system, using its APM6408.2 motherboard product.

“Our server motherboard has been designed from the ground up to deliver the features and performance required by the demanding data centre market place, whilst improving Total Cost of Ownership.” added Fraser. “Recent announcements show that there is demand for the flexibility and energy efficiency delivered by ARM-based systems. Our customers recognise this and SoftIron is proud to be working with them in leading the way towards an exciting future”.

The team behind Southampton-based SoftIron, are all seasoned innovators with experience gained at companies such as 3Com, Micronas, Cisco, DEC and Intel. Fraser adds, “Our team has worked together successfully on previous market-changing ventures over a period of many years and we are confident this is the start of a major new era for the enterprise server”. 

Download Press Release [PDF]

 

About SoftIron.

SoftIron is an enterprise technology innovation company founded in 2012 and based at the University of Southampton Science Park, in the South of England. Its next generation enterprise computing products are focused on ultra-low-energy servers which re-write the rules of power consumption, reliability, robustness and performance, enabling massive cost savings and CO2 emission reductions.

Media Contacts:

Mark Lewis
+44 3302 232 302  /  +1 (855) 209 9935
mlewis@softiron.co.uk

http://www.softiron.co.uk

 

About AppliedMicro.

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

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ASSET and SoftIron collaborate on rapid debugging for 64-bit ARM-based enterprise servers using AppliedMicro’s X-Gene.

ASSET® InterTech collaborated with SoftIron® Ltd., Southampton, UK, to quickly debug and bring up the industry’s first 64-bit ARM server motherboard based on AppliedMicro’s X-Gene® Server on a Chip™. SoftIron’s 64-0800 is an ultra-low power, high-performance server motherboard for the enterprise computing and data center market.

The development team at SoftIron selected ASSET’s SourcePoint™ debugger because it gives developers visibility into code execution from the point where the system is reset through the execution of the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). SourcePoint also runs under the Linux operating system and can take advantage of its many capabilities.

SourcePoint’s advanced run-control features helped engineers at SoftIron to quickly analyze hardware anomalies during development and bring the 64-0800 to market before any of its competitors. In addition to the enhanced visibility into firmware execution offered by SourcePoint, ASSET’s consultation services and development support proved invaluable to SoftIron.

“With a very complex design like this and the type of accelerated development schedule we adopted, we knew we needed a best-of-class debug tool or we wouldn’t be able to get our server motherboard to market ahead of the others. The visibility SourcePoint provided into code execution on the X-Gene turned out to be a difference maker for us,” said Gary Preston, vice president for hardware at SoftIron. “ASSET’s support team and the advice they gave us exceeded our expectations and played a critical role in getting us to a successful launch.”

“We’ve provided debug tools for many years for Intel®-based platforms,” said Larry Traylor, ASSET’s vice president of software debug and trace. “Now, migrating SourcePoint’s many capabilities and the visibility it has to offer engineers into the ARMv8 marketplace is quite exciting. Being a part of this very early ARMv8-based server solution for the enterprise market is very gratifying.”

About SoftIron, Ltd.
SoftIron is an enterprise technology innovation company founded in 2012 and based at the University of Southampton Science Park, UK. Its next-generation enterprise computing products are focused on ultra-low-energy servers which rewrite the rules of power consumption, reliability, robustness and performance, enabling massive cost savings and reduced CO2 emissions.

About ASSET InterTech.

ASSET InterTech is a leading supplier to the electronics industry of tools based on embedded instrumentation. Its SourcePoint debugger and the ScanWorks platform for embedded instruments overcome the limitations of external test and measurement equipment by applying instrumentation embedded in code and semiconductors to debug and validate software and firmware, and to perform design validation and manufacturing test on chips and circuit boards. ASSET’s acquisition of Arium in 2013 added a powerful suite of firmware debug and trace tools to the ScanWorks platform. Designers can quickly debug firmware and then diagnose how it interacts with hardware. ASSET InterTech is located at 2201 North Central Expressway, Suite 105, Richardson, TX 75080.

ASSET and ScanWorks are registered trademarks and Arium and SourcePoint are trademarks of ASSET InterTech, Inc. Applied Micro Circuits Corporation, AppliedMicro, X-Gene and Server on a Chip are trademarks or registered trademarks of Applied Micro Circuits Corporation. SoftIron is a registered trademark of SoftIron, Ltd. All other product and service names are the properties of their respective owners.

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Applied Micro X-Gene ARM Waves The 64-Bit Banner

A few years back, Intel made its foray into the networking arena with its Xeon and Atom processors, and several makers of specialized chips for networking are fighting back by taking their expertise and creating server variants of the 64-bit ARM architecture with embedded networking and other kinds of acceleration. Applied Micro, which has three generations of its X-Gene processors in different stages of development and production, has become the standard bearer for ARM’s entry into the server market because it is first out the door with a 64-bit design.

AMD, Cavium, and Broadcom are also fielding very serious ARM server chips and all four vendors, and perhaps other entrants, including Samsung, Nvidia, and a few others like Google or Amazon who might be messing around with ARM chip designs, could be cooking up other interesting stuff as well.

At the International Super Computing conference in Leipzig, Germany, this week, a number of system makers were showing off development and production machines based on the first generation X-Gene processor from Applied Micro, and GPU accelerator maker Nvidia was also on hand to remind everyone that its Tesla coprocessors and CUDA parallel programming environment worked on 64-bit ARM platforms (technically known as ARMv8 architecture but often called ARM64 colloquially) just as they do on X86 chips and, soon, Power processors from IBM and its OpenPower Foundation partners. Applied Micro is turning up the volume on ARM64 and trying to convince potential customers in the hyperscale and supercomputing spaces, who are willing to entertain an alternative to the X86 architecture for compute, that its brawny implementation of the ARM architecture is more than worth the trouble of porting software. These initial users at the top end of the market…

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SoftIron to launch a range of 64-bit ARM servers

Energy efficient ARM processors have delivered world-beating performance to the mobile and embedded sectors for many years. Now, SoftIron is bringing ARM efficiency to the enterprise sector, with a range of high-performance multi-core 64-bit servers featuring the ARMv8 X-Gene™ processor family from AppliedMicro.

The range includes single processor servers, high-density blade servers and motherboards for self-assembly. The range will launch in Summer 2014.

 

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SoftIron announces forthcoming launch of lowest energy enterprise computing devices

SoftIron is pleased to announce that in 2014 it will be unveiling a range of ARM servers that deliver robust enterprise computing performance for less than 10 watts per server fully loaded. That’s way less than the best of the rest consume on standby.

SoftIron has radically re-thought the technology basis of nterprise computing, challenging the assumption that massive waste is unavoidable. Using the latest methods and technologies, and incorporating a substantial body of unique and proprietary invention, SoftIron has developed a range of enterprise computing products that both run and idle with order of magnitude greater efficiency than current best-of-breed competitors.

This kind of radical energy saving is substantially greater than the savings of low energy lightbulbs over conventional bulbs. We believe it will forever change the economics of  omputing. The Energy Star organisation observes that “Standard computer servers can consume between 1,200-8,600 kWh annually.” SoftIron makes servers that consume less than 100 kWh annually. These savings fall straight to the bottom line.

Up to now, the total cost of ownership of servers has been measured in multiples of the original capital cost of the equipment. With SoftIron, the purchase cost – which is comparable to more inefficient competitor models – is most of the total cost of ownership. In fact, we expect the annual energy costs of some of our enterprise servers to be less than $10.00.

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