1/8/2003 - ServerWorks Corporation, a Broadcom (Nasdaq: BRCM) company and the leading independent supplier of high-performance SystemI/OTM integrated circuits for servers, workstations and storage platforms, announced it has shipped over 10 million multiprocessor-capable chipsets. Its 10 millionth chipset, a Grand ChampionTM HE (GC-HE) SystemI/O configuration, was included in an order delivered to NEC Solutions (America), Inc., a long-time ServerWorks customer, and will be used in an NEC Express5800/140Rb-4 four-way Intel Xeon®-based server.
ServerWorks’ SystemI/O core logic technology manages the flow of data to and from a system’s processors, memory and peripheral input/output (I/O) devices.
ServerWorks’ Core Logic Meets HP’s Demanding Requirements
ServerWorks delivered its first-generation Champion chipset in 1997. Although virtually all major server OEMs utilize ServerWorks technology in their lines today, back then its customer list included only Compaq Computer (now HP), Fujitsu and NEC.
“ProLiant customers were the first to benefit from the performance and innovation delivered by our partnership with ServerWorks,” recalls Mary McDowell, Senior Vice President and General Manager, HP Industry Standard Servers. “HP engineers continue to work closely with ServerWorks to deliver industry-first technologies such as Hot Plug Memory, which provides highly adaptable and fault-tolerant environments, as part of our strategy for enabling customers to build adaptive infrastructures that can meet rapidly changing business needs such as increased memory and bandwidth.”
ServerWorks Speeds Dell’s Time to Market
In 1999, the ServerWorksTM ServerSetTM III more than doubled the core logic’s I/O capacity to 1.2GB/second, and added support for the faster buses used in Intel’s Pentium III and Pentium III Xeon processors. Dell Computer was the first OEM to announce a server based on the upgraded core logic.
“With Dell’s direct model, we can deliver the latest technologies to the market as soon as they become available,” said Randy Groves, Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Systems Group, Dell Computer Corporation. “This enables our customers to reap the benefits of increased memory and I/O bandwidth as soon as the technology is available. ServerWorks gives us the technology we need to deliver the performance and value Dell’s customers have come to expect.”
ServerWorks’ GC-LE Boosts EMC’s CLARiiON Capacity
In 2002, EMC Corporation moved to exploit the even higher I/O capacity of the new ServerWorks Grand Champion LE (GC-LE) core logic that supports multiple PCI-X buses operating at speeds of 1 GB/second.
“EMC's CLARiiON CX family of networked storage systems delivers the best performance in the midrange. We chose the ServerWorks GC-LE chipset for our flagship CLARiiON CX600 product as it enables us to best maximize the system’s performance characteristics, taking full advantage of Intel’s processor architecture for our storage application,” observed Joel Schwartz, Senior Vice President of EMC’s CLARiiON Division.
ServerWorks Keeps Fujitsu Siemens on the Leading Edge of Intel-Based Server Technology
In 2000, Fujitsu Siemens Computers adopted ServerWorks’ ServerSet III technology for its line of PRIMERGY Intel-based servers, and began development of its Grand Champion-based Xeon line. As the technical rapport between the ServerWorks and Fujitsu Siemens engineers developed, FSC became one of ServerWorks’ strongest validation partners.
“The industry-standard segment of the server business is extremely competitive,” observed Dieter Herzog, Vice President and General Manager, PRIMERGY Servers at Fujitsu Siemens Computers. “To maintain our leading position, we must constantly add new features to each segment of our line. This helps us to build highly scalable and reliable systems, which is part of our Business Critical Computing strategy. By working closely with ServerWorks to validate their new core logic offerings, we can keep our PRIMERGY series on the leading edge of Intel-based server technology.”
IBM and ServerWorks Bring Mainframe Technology to Intel-based Servers
With the launch of its second-generation Champion 2.0 chipset in 1998, ServerWorks added IBM to its customer list.
“ServerWorks has accomplished an important milestone in the core logic chipset business, and we are delighted to help them celebrate this monumental achievement,” said Dr. Satish Gupta, Vice President of IBM eServer xSeries and IntelliStation products. “ServerWorks is a valued supplier of high- performance core logic chips for our Intel processor-based servers. Working with their engineers, IBM helped enhance their chipset development by providing IBM patented ChipkillTM and Memory eXpansion TechnologyTM (MXT) for ServerWorks chipsets for eServer xSeries.”
Microsoft and ServerWorks Work Together to Deliver Superior Value and Performance
The ServerWorks product line has evolved through three generations of Windows® operating systems, from Microsoft's Windows NT® Server 4.0, to the Windows 2000 Server family, and to the forthcoming Windows .NET Server 2003.
“Over the past five years, Windows-based servers have become a key part of the world's IT infrastructure,” said Tom Phillips, General Manager of the Microsoft Windows Hardware Group. “Throughout this period, ServerWorks has closely worked with Microsoft with core logic solutions that enable Windows-based servers to deliver industry leading performance and value. Working with ServerWorks, our joint innovation means better server customer solutions, which has made Microsoft Windows Server products the ideal platform for high-volume servers and server appliances.”
NEC and ServerWorks – A Valued Partnership
The ServerWorks and NEC partnership dates back to 1994. NEC’s semiconductor division serves as ServerWorks’ foundry for all its SystemI/O products.
“ServerWorks is a valued NEC partner,” said Kazuhiko Kobayashi, Senior Vice President at NEC Solutions. “They deliver the technology NEC needs to stay at the forefront of our markets, and we look forward to many more years of shared business success.”
NetApp Continues to Reach High Levels of Performance with ServerWorks’ Core Logic
The memory capacity and I/O bandwidth of the ServerSetTM III generation allowed Intel-based server technology to enter new market segments, including I/O-intensive storage solutions and network switching. In the fall of 2000, Network Appliance Inc. became the first storage solutions provider to incorporate ServerWorks’ core logic into its product line.
“Network Appliance meets stringent enterprise customer demands by consistently delivering high-performance, scalable storage solutions that combine appliance simplicity with robust functionality. ServerWorks core logic products have been critical building blocks in providing best-in-class reliability, performance and cost. No less importantly, ServerWorks has been a valued partner in all phases of product delivery,” said Jerry Lopatin, Vice President of Platform and Storage Engineering at Network Appliance.
ServerWorks Helps Stratus Achieve “Five Nines” Availability
In 1999, Stratus Technologies came to ServerWorks with an unusual set of technical requirements. The company had delivered fault-tolerant systems based on proprietary processor technology for years, but wanted to address the far larger Intel-based server market. Stratus needed to replicate each Intel processor in the system, and operate those replicated processors in lock-step, in order to detect, and immediately correct, any anomalous behavior. Its approach placed unique requirements on the system core logic. Stratus has now successfully delivered two generations of its Intel-based ftServer systems, based on ServerWorks’ ServerSet III and Grand Champion technology.
“When we first approached ServerWorks, we weren’t sure any third-party core logic solution could ever satisfy our unique requirements,” noted Stephen Kiely, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board at Stratus. “ServerWorks came through for us, and enhanced their standard product in ways that allowed us to create the industry’s first and only fault-tolerant Windows® servers. The results have been spectacular; the measured 99.9998 percent availability of our ftServer line exceeds the 99.999 percent goal we set for ourselves at the start of the program. If you do the math, this corresponds to less than 5.25 minutes downtime per year.”
About ServerWorks and Broadcom
ServerWorks Corporation is the leading independent supplier of high-performance system input/output (I/O) integrated circuits for servers, workstations and storage platforms. ServerWorks’ SystemI/OTM silicon solutions are used pervasively by leading original equipment manufacturers. Its circuits act as the essential conduits for moving high-bandwidth data in and out of servers, to and from the external I/O, the main system memory and the system processors. ServerWorks, a wholly owned subsidiary of Broadcom Corporation, is located in Santa Clara, Calif., and may be contacted at 408-922-3100 or at www.serverworks.com.
Broadcom Corporation is the leading provider of highly integrated silicon solutions that enable broadband communications and networking of voice, video and data services. Using proprietary technologies and advanced design methodologies, Broadcom designs, develops and supplies complete system-on-a-chip solutions and related hardware and software applications for every major broadband communications market. Broadcom’s diverse product portfolio includes solutions for digital cable and satellite set-top boxes; cable and DSL modems and residential gateways; high-speed transmission and switching for local, metropolitan and wide area networking; home and wireless networking; cellular and terrestrial wireless communications; Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) gateway and telephony systems; broadband network processors; and SystemI/OTM server solutions. These technologies and products support its core mission: Connecting everything®.
Broadcom is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and may be contacted at 1-949-450-8700 or at www.broadcom.com.
Broadcom®, the pulse logo, Connecting everything®, ChampionTM, Grand ChampionTM, ServerWorksTM, the ServerWorks logo and SystemI/OTM are trademarks of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. The IBM eServer brand consists of the established IBM e-business logo with the following descriptive term server following it. IBM eServer, xSeries, IntelliStation, Chipkill and Memory eXpansion Technology are either trademarks or registered of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries. Intel® is a trademark of Intel Corporation. Windows® and Windows NT® are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
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