CHIPMAKER Intel has released a bunch of motherboards and chassis designs for its Xeon E5-2600 range in a bid help system builders.
Late last year Intel announced it would increase the number of motherboards and chassis it provides to the channel after years of cutting back. Yesterday at the firm's Solutions Summit, CIO Diane Bryant introduced over 100 different SKUs based on eight motherboard ranges and four chassis.
Intel's Xeon E5-2600 supporting motherboards all have two sockets and range from the S2600CR with 80 PCI-Express generation 3 lanes targeted at workstations to the high performance computing (HPC) Washington Pass S2600JF board. Intel said that four S2600JF boards can be stacked in a 2U chassis, resulting in an impressive eight processors with up to 64 cores.
Intel was playing to the channel crowd with its latest motherboards and chassis, with Bryant saying, "We are not thinking of the channel as just a small business win, but using it to get to these large businesses as well."
Although Dell, HP, IBM and other very large system builders typically use their own motherboard and chassis designs, smaller outfits need Intel to come up with the goods as they lack the resources to invest in developing cooling-optimised motherboard and case combinations. Intel will be hoping the love it is giving to the channel with these reference designs will result in better reliability from Intel servers that do not neccessarily carry big-name OEM badges. µ