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ASUS announces Cavium ThunderX-Based server platforms

New 48-core ARM-powered products for ultra-efficient data center and high-performance computing


  • ASUS two-socket servers based on 64-bit, 48-core ThunderX ARMv8 processors from Cavium
  • Delivering reliable server experience with optimized power efficiency for data center and high-performance computing (HPC)

Taipei, Taiwan (28th May, 2015) — ASUS today announced new servers and server boards based on Cavium’s (NASDAQ: CAVM) ThunderX™ 64-bit, 48-core ARM® platform and designed to deliver extreme efficiency, expandability and enhanced-usability design for premium performance in data centers, high-performance computing and enterprise, as well as small and medium business (SMB) environments.

The new ThunderX-based ASUS servers and server boards outperform the regular two-socket server applications in cloud workloads and HPC benchmarks. The ASUS ARM platforms feature premium components for premium efficiency while the system runs at its full-throttle performance.

Commenting on the partnership with Cavium, General Manager of ASUS Server Business Unit, Robert Chin, said: “ASUS has a long, trusted and proud standing in the server field. We’re honored to partner with Cavium to offer our customers optimized ThunderX ARM systems that deliver unparalleled performance and utmost energy efficiency.”

Gopal Hegde, Vice President and General Manager of Cavium’s Datacenter Processor Group remarked: “With two-socket capability, great power efficiency, and built-in hardware acceleration, customer demand for our high-performance ThunderX ARM processors continues to grow. We are delighted to be working with ASUS, and we look forward to supporting this industry leader on a number of innovative new server designs.”

Ultra-efficient performance and maximum applications combined
The ThunderX product family delivers best-in-class 64-bit ARMv8 datacenter and cloud processors. These high-performance processors support both single- and dual-socket configurations, have high memory bandwidth and capacity, and include integrated accelerators for optimal workload performance.

The ASUS ThunderX-based server platform provides a great variety of applications in compute, storage, networking and security. The platform is optimized for applications, like Ceph, cloud, big data and scale-out web workloads.

Optimized layout, unobstructed airflow, maximum cooling and flexible fan controls
The supreme efficiency, performance and durability of the new ThunderX ARM servers and server boards are carefully optimized for high-density rack-mounted configurations, enabling the best possible thermal performance. ASUS server internals are also free from messy cabling, proving a clear and direct airflow channel for superbly-efficient heat dissipation.

ASUS servers and server boards have flexible fan controls, with a choice of automated or manual operation. In automatic mode, the highly-accurate temperature sensor detects the CPU’s workload and adjusts the fan speeds accordingly. In manual mode, the administrator is free to decide the fan speed to meet demand.

ASUS two-socket ARM servers and server boards will be available from Q4 2015.  Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

About ASUS
ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets, smartphones and wearables. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,326 awards in 2014 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 13,600 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 4,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2014 was approximately US$14.5 billion.

Asus Contact Broc Lai
Product Marketer

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.

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