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GIGABYTE Technology Announces Expansion of their ARM Server Portfolio based on Cavium's ThunderX2™ Workload Optimized Processor Family

Range of 1U and 2U High Density Server Platforms for Hyperscale Cloud and High Performance Computing Applications

TAIPEI, Taiwan, May 29 2017 – GIGABYTE Technology, a leading producer of high performance server hardware, and Cavium, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for enterprise, data center, cloud, wired and wireless networking - today announced availability of high performance ARM server platforms based on Cavium's second generation 64-bit ARMv8 ThunderX2 product family.

GIGABYTE, with its award-winning product portfolio, has been long recognized in the industry as a leader in design and innovation. With a broad offering of commercially-available ARM-based server solutions, GIGABYTE continues to demonstrate engineering expertise in system level integration that manages intensive compute I/O, large memory configurations and power optimization. Through its world-wide presence, GIGABYTE is uniquely positioned to accelerate the adoption and deployment of ThunderX2 based systems into the cloud and hyperscale data center applications.

GIGABYTE has announced multiple platforms optimized to utilize the ThunderX2 SoC. The R181 (1U) series utilizes a single socket ATX form factor motherboard with multiple PCIe x16 Gen3 and SATA connectors for expansion modules, along with high memory capacity. R181 is an ideal solution for applications that need cost effective high performance compute platforms.

GIGABYTE’s H216 series is a 2U server platform that can support 4 dual socket ThunderX2 compute nodes, with 1TB memory capacity per sled and multiple PCIe x16 slots. The chassis itself supports dual redundant power supplies and 24 2.5” HDDs. The H216 is designed to address the requirements of the most demanding applications in high performance computing and public/private cloud applications.

All platforms integrate IPMI-based management and are supported by GIGABYTE’s proprietary remote management application.

“GIGABYTE’s second generation line of ARMv8 server offerings, enabled by Cavium’s ThunderX2 processors, provides best-in-class high performance ARM solution for the Data Center, the Cloud and for Telcos,” said Etay Lee, General Manager of GIGABYTE Technology. “ThunderX2 SoCs deliver performance competitive with the latest high end server processors. GIGABYTE has developed highly integrated system solutions enabling an efficient and cost effective path to high density Hyperscale class data center design using the industry’s best ARMv8 server class processor. Our innovation, reliability and flexibility deliver time-to-market advantages to customers developing next generation data center & cloud solutions." 

“The Cavium ThunderX2 multi-core ARMv8 product family is well suited to address the high compute demands of next generation data center and cloud infrastructure,” said Rishi Chugh, Director Product Marketing for Cavium’s Data Center Processor Group. “By using Cavium’s ThunderX2 class processors, GIGABYTE is able to offer a wide variety of high-performance, high volume 1U and 2U systems in single and dual socket configurations as well as reference platforms that fully utilize core differentiators such as integrated SATA port integration, high memory bandwidth & capacity along with multiple PCIe Gen3 x16 ports. Together, we are delivering the performance, scalability and reliability necessary for businesses to handle increasingly complex data intensive workloads in a highly virtualized cloud based environments.”

The ThunderX2 product family is Cavium's second generation 64-bit ARMv8-A server processor SoC for Datacenter, Cloud and High Performance Computing applications. The family integrates fully out-of-order high performance custom cores supporting single and dual socket configurations. ThunderX2 is optimized to drive high computational performance, delivering outstanding memory bandwidth and memory capacity. The new line of ThunderX2 processors includes multiple workload optimized SKUs for both scale up and scale out applications and is fully compliant with ARMv8-A architecture specifications as well as ARM's SBSA and SBBR standards. It is also widely supported by industry leading OS, Hypervisor and SW tool and application vendors.

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About GIGABYTE Technologies
GIGABYTE was founded in 1986, from there establishing our uncontested position in continuous technological innovation. By focusing on key technologies and achieving strict quality standards, GIGABYTE has been regarded as an innovative and trusted motherboard leader globally. To keep pace in a rapidly changing world, we offer a comprehensive product line covering Motherboards, Graphics Cards, PC Components, PC Peripherals, Laptops, Desktop PCs, Network Communications, Servers and Embedded Products. GIGABYTE Technology is dedicated to enabling a full-range digital life, responding promptly and effectively to market needs and desires.

About Cavium
Cavium, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), offers a broad portfolio of infrastructure solutions for compute, security, storage, switching, connectivity and baseband processing. Cavium’s highly integrated multi-core SoC products deliver software compatible solutions across low to high performance points enabling secure and intelligent functionality in Enterprise, Datacenter and Service Provider Equipment. Cavium processors and solutions are supported by an extensive ecosystem of operating systems, tools, application stacks, hardware reference designs and other products. Cavium is headquartered in San Jose, CA with design centers in California, Massachusetts, India, Israel, China and Taiwan. For more information, please visit: http://www.cavium.com.

GIGABYTE Contact:
Vincent Wang, 
Director of Datacenter Sales Division, 
GIGABYTE Technology
Telephone: +886 8912 4000 ext. 1269
Email: vincent.wang@gigabyte.com

Media Contact
Angel Atondo 
Sr. Marketing Communications Manager,
Cavium, 2315 N. First Street,
San Jose CA 95131, 
Telephone: +1 408-943-7417
Email: angel.atondo@cavium.com 




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