Although the demand in the x86 server market is increasing, brand servers of large global companies occupy the lion’s share. With the implementation of institutional protection measures for domestic SMEs in 2016, products below 2.5GHz are now designated as ‘Competitive Products between SMEs’. Thereby, domestic SMEs’ products can be supplied mainly through public procurement. Products sold by domestic SMEs are drawing criticism for being nothing more than assemblies of foreign parts. Many claim that CPUs are Intel, board/chassis are Taiwanese and Chinese products, and foreign HDDs are used and just assembled in Korea. With that in mind, the project is implemented to replace imported products by supplying domestic Xeon server boards that can replace imported boards.
To develop a board system using the Intel® Xeon® E5 2600 V3/V4 Series Processor and Platform, which is widely used in the domestic industrial server board market, we have established a research consortium with Korea Testing Certification. The final goal of the development is PCB layout, BMC Controller Circuit, BIOS S/ W, BMC F/W software, and lastly PCB Simulation Data, which was launched in 2016.
Solution & Implementation
The main specifications of the final Xeon server board are as follows: To implement the performance of the remote control, the core of a server board, ASPEED AST2400 has been designed to support the IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface) function.
- Dual sockets for Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v3/v4 product family
- Wellsburg Platform Intel® C612
- ECC DDR4 Memory Technology up to 256GB
- BMC/IPMI System Management
- 10 x SATA III
- 4 x PCIe*16 , 2 x PCIe*8, 1 x PCIe*4
Conclusion & Benefits
SynchTech has succeeded in localizing the Xeon Server motherboard and secured server system development technology, IPMI/BMC controller design and F/W technology. We paved our foundation by expanding our ODM business using the Xeon board as a reference in the future. In addition to reducing product costs by replacing imported products, which account for most of the demand in the domestic server market, we were able to build partnerships with various companies involved in server board production and testing. In particular, our ambition is to supply Korean Xeon system to the G2B market, which accounts for most of the domestic server market.