“SynQuacer™ E-Series is a software development environment compliant with Linaro’s 96Boards open hardware specification. This has been built jointly by Socionext Inc., Linaro and GIGABYTE. It contains one “SC2A11”. “SC2A11” is a multi-core chip with 24 cores of ARM® Cortex-A53. It is possible to construct a high integrated and low power consumption server system. It is so highly efficient chip that it supports from cloud computing to edge computing, which is the key to IoT era.
By providing this software development environment, we are accelerating the development of ARM ® based software. We expect the new development environment to help the expansion of ARM®-based software in a broad range of applications including IoT gateway, edge computing and server.”
See Edge Server SynQuacer™ E-SeriesCould this be the ARMed server board I’ve long been awaiting? It has DIMM slots. It has one gigabit/s NIC. I’d like two, but it has PCI-e. It has SATA. This could be it.
Price/availability exists and we have pictures… The two downsides I see are that the chip uses the aged A-53 core (24 of them in one chip will waste some power but at least it’s not Intel inside) and $1250 USD (shipping not included) and only 32-bit memory access! Do I really need this? It would be pretty cool for software development as intended but it’s still not quite right to replace my aged Beast. I like the general shape of it but it’s still a bit rough.
UPDATE – At the same event, RockChip 960 Enterprise Edition was unveiled. This is nice except that it’s limited to 1 gB port, 4 lanes of PCI-e and 4gB RAM. It has dual SATA and is likely priced about ⅓ as much as the Socionext board. It’s good to have choices.