AppliedMicro's ARM servers head to X5 platform chasis design compliant with Open Compute Project

​AppliedMicro said Taiwanese contract manufacturer Wistron will use the company's X-Gene 1 ARM server CPU in the X5 server platform.

AppliedMicro said Wednesday that Taiwanese contract manufacturer Wistron will use the company's X-Gene 1 ARM server CPU in the X5 server platform.

The 5U chassis server design is compliant with Facebook's Open Compute Project (OCP).

OCP launched in 2011 with the goal of developing servers and data centers with a model traditionally associated with open source software projects. The foundation and engineering community involved in the project work to innovate hardware designs at scale.

AppliedMicro made the announcement at the ongoing Open Compute Summit taking place in San Jose.

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AppliedMicro said the X5 is a rack-mountable server system with a 10GE backplane that can support up to five compute node trays, each with four X-Gene CPUs, for a total of 20 compute nodes per chassis. The platform can also support five storage trays with one X-Gene CPU.

"We are excited to introduce the first ARMv8-A 64-bit multi-services platform design that can support both compute nodes and high density storage in the same chassis," said Kumar Sankaran, associate vice president, software and platform engineering at AppliedMicro. "It also demonstrates the accelerating adoption of OCP-based platforms by server customers. The X5 Server is a truly unique design and the first of its kind in the market."

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