VIA Unveils Cluster Server Platform Based on Dual VIA VT310-DP Mini-ITX Mainboards for Ultra High Density Servers

Two highly energy efficient dual processor mainboards provide 64 x 1GHz processors in a 16U server drawing up to 1kW of power, moving clusters out of expensive server rooms and into offices and classrooms everywhere

Taipei, Taiwan, 19 October 2005 – VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today launched the VIA Cluster Server Platform, an ultra energy efficient high density server reference design powered by the dual VIA Eden-N processor-based VIA VT310-DP Mini-ITX mainboards, at China’s leading technology show, eMEX this week.

The VIA Cluster Server Platform reference design comprises low profile 1U units each with two VIA VT310-DP Mini-ITX mainboards, enabling each 1U unit to operate as two individual server nodes. Leveraging the superb power-performance ratio and thermal properties of the fanless 1GHz VIA Eden-N processors, the VIA Cluster Server Platform draws up to a very low 1 kilowatt from a standard AC power outlet, making it the performance per watt leader of its class and extending high density computing into much wider applications than traditional cluster server solutions.

“The ever-increasing demand for processing power in education, business and other organizations that are increasingly cost, space and power conscious has generated a need for more innovative high density server solutions,” commented Eric Chang, Special Assistant to the CEO, Strategic Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “Our energy efficient, cost effective Cluster Server Platform packs a powerful processing punch into a really small space, putting massively parallel computing into the hands of whole new markets.”

The VIA VT310-DP Mini-ITX in a 1U unit of the cluster reference design permits two 3.5″ IDE/SATA hard drives to be installed with the mainboards, enabling high density local storage for applications such as data mining. Combined with relevant middleware, the reference design empowers all cluster configurations, including high performance, high availability and load balancing designs.

The VIA PadLock Security Engine integrated into each VIA Eden-N processor features a quantum based random number generator and military-grade AES encryption, providing developers with the tools to secure data stored and transmitted in real-time with little penalty to processor utilization.

Through the ultra low power consumption of VIA VT310-DP Mini-ITX mainboards, the VIA Cluster Server Platform enables high density server solutions that require no power or cooling infrastructure changes, and also makes redundant the need for system and processor fans for near-silent operation, bringing the benefits of a cluster server solution without the traditional high implementation, operation and maintenance costs.

VIA will display its innovative cluster reference design from today at the VIA booth A16, Hall 3A of the eMEX technology show, held in the Suzhou Jiang Su Province of China.

The reference cluster design is available to OEMs and system integrators looking to develop affordable high density server solutions.

For further information please see the VIA website at:
http://www.via.com.tw/en/initiatives/spearhead/clusterserver/

About the VIA VT310-DP Mini-ITX mainboard

To meet the growing demand for economic, efficient and secure server solutions, VIA has introduced the VIA VT310-DP Mini-ITX mainboard. The first dual processor mainboard produced by VIA, the VIA VT310-DP Mini-ITX is the performance per watt leader of its class and through its comprehensive set of on-board features enables economic and efficient implementation into a variety of server scenarios.

The VIA VT310-DP Mini-ITX mainboard is powered by two of the worlds smallest x86 processors, the VIA Eden-N, that have been designed for ultra low power consumption and operating temperatures. Embedded into each VIA Eden-N processor is the VIA PadLock Security Engine that empowers real-time encryption/decryption of data using the military-grade AES algorithm at speeds of up to 22 Gbps. Also included with the engine are dual quantum based random number generators to provide an unshakable foundation for the encryption process. Integrated security offered by the VIA PadLock Security Engine ensures speeds and efficiency many times of what is possible with software only, and unlike software only approaches, has negligible impact on processor performance.

Included with the VIA VT310-DP Mini-ITX mainboard is a comprehensive set of tools that reduce the requirement for add-on cards to create a complete server solution. Enabled by the VIA CN400 North Bridge and VIA 8237R South Bridge, these tools include support for DDR400/33/266 memory, acceleration for MPEG-4/2 encoding and decoding, support for IDE, and dual SATA with inbuilt RAID 0/1/0+1 data redundancy. Also included is USB support, dual 10/100 Ethernet connections and a single Gigabit Ethernet connection.

More information on the VIA VT310-DP Mini-ITX mainboard may be found on the VIA Embedded Platform website at:http://www.viatech.com/product/epia_dp_spec.jsp?motherboardId=321

About eMEX

eMEX is the leading expo of the China 3C electronic industry held annually in the Suzhou Jiang Su Province of China. The event, which highlights new technology primarily from Chinese electronic manufacturers runs this year from October 19 to 22.
http://www.goemex.com/emex2005/en/default.asp

About VIA Technologies, Inc.

VIA Technologies, Inc. (TSE 2388) is the foremost fabless supplier of market-leading core logic chipsets, low power x86 processors, advanced connectivity, multimedia, networking and storage silicon, and complete platform solutions that are driving system innovation in the PC and embedded markets. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, VIA’s global network links the high tech centers of the US, Europe and Asia, and its customer base includes the world’s top OEMs, motherboard vendors and system integrators. www.via.com.tw

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