Energy-efficiency innovation isn't limited to the big-name hardware vendors. System builder Super Micro Computer has updated its server portfolio with a series that is optimized for the new Socket C32 AMD Opteron 4100 Series processors and comes with highly efficient power supplies.
The new 1U Twin and 2U Twin2 systems are designed with two dual-processor nodes per 1U and share a 920-watt Platinum-certified power supply. (That means the supply is at least 94 percent efficient; in other words, less power is wasted in conversion.) A new single-processor 1U server (the 1012C-MRF) that is part of the same series comes with a 350-watt Gold-level power supply.
The company claims that the platform can deliver 4-core and 6-core performance at less than 6 watts of power draw per core. Super Micro is pitching the servers (depending on the model you pick) as ideal for applications in cloud computing, embedded solutions and tradition IT infrastructure.