Latest Gigabyte microATX Motherboard Arrives with Octo-Core ARMv8 SoC

Gigabyte apparently has developed a new microATX motherboard that comes with a 64-bit ARM onboard processor, a motherboard that is dedicated to datacenters.

The MP30-AR0 board is said to be built around Applied Micro’s X-Gene SoC, which is an octo-core chip clocked at 2.4 GHz that comes with a 45W TDP. Applied Micro’s cores are said to be their own design and are compatible with the 64-bit ARMv8 ISA.

The SoC appears to be paired to a quad-channel memory controller with eight UDIMM slots, each of them supporting modules of up to 16GB at 1600 MHz speeds and is also ECC compliant. The board is not designed with a great graphical solution in mind, having the board be more networking oriented.

The motherboard is said to come with dual 10-Gigabit Ethernet controllers embedded in the SoC and two auxiliary Marvell Gigabit Ethernets on the board itself. In terms of storage solution, the MP30-AR0 comes with only four SATA 6 Gbps ports and one SD slot. Two PCIe x16 slots are also present on the board, but each slot provides eight lanes of Gen3 bandwidth, most likely from the SoC.

Gigabyte states that the motherboard supports Ubuntu 14.04, having the motherboard also available in the company’s R120-P30 1U server.

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I’M Intelligent Memory Launches 16 GB DDR3 Memory Modules

Hong Kong based DRAM manufacturer, I’M Intelligent Memory, has announced its 8 GB DDR3 components with a single chip, which doubles the amount of memory per chip compared to other DRAM devices on the market. Based on the latter chip, the company is said to have introduced the 16 GB DDR3 UDIMM and SO-DIMM memory modules, having EEC error-correction technology as an optional upgrade.

It is said that the JEDEC specification JESD9-3 has always allowed a 8GB capacity for DDR3 devices. However, it seems that most manufacturers are waiting for the 2x nm process in order to fit smaller chips and bring high memory capacity. I’M Intelligent Memory has apparently made the leap by developing their own way of manufacturing 8 GB DDR3 components with a single chip using existing 30 nm technology.

The company states that their memory modules are compatible with the JEDEC standard pinout, timing and row/column/bank addressing. In addition to the latter, the company has made available devices including x8 (1Gx8) configuration in FBGA 78 ball package, a x16 (512Mx16) type in FBGA 96 ball package, a x32 (256Mx32) configuration in FBGA 136 ball package, as well as providing DDR3L low-voltage 1.35V versions, all of which are currently available on the market.

Given the 8 GB device, the company has released its first 16 GB DDR3 240 Pin unbuffered DIMMs and 204 Pin SO-DIMMs on the market, while also having them available in 72 Bit width for EEC error correction. The latter modules are said to be compatible with processors and micro-controllers from AMD, Cavium, Freescale, Tilera and others.

While not all processors used in desktop PCs are compatible with the high-capacity memory, Intel has offered support for the Atom C2000 series and Atom E3800 series with a new BIOS version available to download now. Also, ASUS has confirmed support for the latter memory on its X79-DELUXE, RAMPAGE IV BLACK EDITION and other ASUS X79 motherboards. Other manufacturers, such as ASRock, Supermicro, AIC and Portwell have already verified and approved the IM 16 GB DDR3 memory modules for a variety of their motherboards based on ADM, Tilera, Intel’s C2000 series and other processors.

I’M Intelligent Memory apparently has noticed the potential embedded markets, networking and telecommunication applications, as well as PCs and laptops, allowing all to reach a memory capacity previously untouched by any manufacturer out there.

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Transcend Announces its Latest M.2 Solid State Disk Series

Transcend has just announced its latest M.2 Solid State Disk lineup featuring a next generation SATA III 6 GB/s MTS, up to 512 GB and ultra compact dimensions.

The company states that the latest M.2 SSD lineup comes in three M.2 form factors, namely Type 2242 for the MTS400, Type 2260 for the MTS 600 and Type 2280 for the MTS800 respectively. While all three variations have the same width and thickness, the height can be deduced from the SSD’s type. Therefore, the MTS400, MTS600 and MTS800 measure in at 42/60/80 mm x 22 mm x 3.5 mm.

In terms of specifications, the MTS400 offers up to 256 GB, while the MTS600 and MTS800 offer up to 512 GB respectively. The storage solutions feature a powerful Transcend TS6500 controller, a DDR3 DRAM cache, as well as read speeds of up to 560 MB/s and write speeds of up to 310 MB/s.

Transcend has also stated that the M.2 SSD lineup comes with full support for the SATA Device Sleep Mode, or DevSleep, in addition to Intel’s Smart Response Technology (ISRT). Having both technologies present, Transcend is looking to provide a battery saving and fast booting hard disk solution. This is achievable by completely powering off the SATA interface when it is no longer required, while also having an outstanding response time of 20 ms, offering instant-on capabilities.

Other features present in the M.2 SSD lineup consist of TRIM and NCQ support, built-in EEC, wear levelling and intelligent block management, as well as enhanced S.M.A.R.T. commands, power shield mechanism and excellent shock resistance.

The company is said to offer a three-year warranty for all M.2 SSDs, while the price range varies depending on capacity. Therefore, the 32 GB version is said to have been priced at $39, the 64 GB version at $59, the 128 GB at $99 and the 256 GB at $169. As stated previously, the MTS600/800 also comes in the 512 GB version, which the company associated a price of $319.

AMD Unveils The FirePro S10000 12GB Edition GPU Accelerator

AMD announced the new FirePro S10000 12GB Edition graphics card, designed for big data high-performance computing workloads for single precision and double precision performance. The new accelerator is the first in the industry to come with 12GB of onboard memory.

“Our compute application customers asked for a solution that offers increased memory to support larger data sets as they create new products and services. In response, we are announcing the AMD FirePro S10000 12GB Edition graphics card to meet that additional memory demand with support for OpenCL and high-end compute and graphics technologies,” said David Cummings, senior director and general manager of professional graphics at AMD.

AMD FirePro S10000 12GB server graphics card is based on two Tahiti graphics processing units with 12GB of GDDR5 memory with ECC and outputs 5.91 TFLOPS of peak single-precision and 1.48 TFLOPS of double-precision floating-point performance. The board features ECC memory and DirectGMA support allowing developers working with large models and assemblies to take advantage of the massively parallel processing capabilities of AMD GPUs based on the latest AMD Graphics core next architecture.

The AMD FirePro S10000 12GB Edition graphics card is a compelling solution for a variety of scenarios and markets, including finance, oil and gas, computer aided engineering, genetic sequencing, computational fluid dynamics, structural mechanics, numeral analytics, reservoir simulation, seismic processing, molecular dynamics, satellite imaging, explicit crash test simulation and so on.

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