A shock at Computex was seeing the primary public AMD Ryzen-based AM4 motherboard that may implement an Aspeed AST2500 BMC chip for added administration. Tyan was showcasing its Tomcat EX S8015 motherboard at its sales space, initially with a model containing an onboard embedded Radeon E8860 graphics chip, however sooner or later a model with a BMC will probably be obtainable.
For nearly all servers, some type of administration management is added to permit for the server to be adjusted exterior of the central system. This administration management boots a separate subsystem that may energy off/on the principle machine, handle networking, and likewise observe customers or onboard sensors for followers/thermals and report again to a central server. In addition they usually assist interfaces to work together with the principle machine instantly. Up till this level, virtually all motherboards we’ve seen have been Intel or EPYC, though we’ve suspected that some enterprise customers may need to spend money on a Ryzen system with comparable options. Tyan is the primary firm to make their Ryzen+BMC product public.
The Tyan Tomcat EX is predicated on the A320 chipset, exhibiting that it’s maybe extra for the decrease finish of the market, however does have twin gigabit Ethernet and a full set of reminiscence slots. The massive factor with the fan is the E8860 graphics within the embedded graphics model, however Tyan acknowledged the BMC model will probably be in manufacturing in September this 12 months. It’s price noting that we’d count on each variations of the motherboard to be constructed on the identical base PCB design, nevertheless this PCB doesn’t appear to have room/pads for a BMC module. We had been informed that the unit on show is an early revision, with the BMC chip to be added later someplace across the audio jacks.
We do count on different firms to make comparable motherboards in time; we might even see extra at Supercomputing later this 12 months.
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