AppliedMicro Contributes First ARM-Based Microserver Specification to Open Compute Project

Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:00pm EST

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  SANTA CLARA, CA, Jan 16 (Marketwire) -- 
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 servers. 

    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.

    X-Gene, Server on a Chip, Applied Micro Circuits Corporation, AMCC,
AppliedMicro and the AppliedMicro logo are trademarks or registered
trademarks of Applied Micro Circuits Corporation. All other product or
service names are the property of their respective owners.

    

Media Contacts:

AppliedMicro
Diane Orr 
408-358-1617
diane@orr-co.com 

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