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Tyan® launches the Thunder K8S S2880, a Dual AMD Opteron™ processor-based platform optimized for Rackmount Servers

Thunder K8 S2880 Delivers 64-bit Computing to the Server Market

Fremont, CA, April 28th, 2003 - Tyan® today introduced the Thunder K8S (S2880), an AMD Opteron™ processor-based platform targeted for rackmount and pedestal servers.  Tyan, a leader in innovative motherboard design in multiple market segments, unleashes the two-way platform that delivers AMD64 technology for today's most rigorous server applications.

The Thunder K8S S2880 optimizes the AMD Opteron™ processor's key features, such as 64-bit CPU processing coupled to an integrated memory controller to reduce memory and front side bus bottlenecks.  Also, the HyperTransport™ technology chip-to-chip interconnections increase overall performance by providing high bandwidth and minimizing latency.

The Thunder K8S S2880 offers unique features designed specifically for rackmount and pedestal servers.  It is the first dual AMD Opteron™ processor platform that offers both Serial ATA and SCSI options for high storage capabilities, while dual Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports heighten network connectivity and bandwidth on a PCI-X bus.   In addition, its low profile I/O ports and its six strategically placed front-to-back aligned memory slots supporting up to 12GB allow maximum airflow across the platform for effective system cooling.

The solution also offers PCI-X 133/100 riser card support, integrated VGA graphics with 8MB local memory, IPMI v1.5 remote management for convenient yet powerful control, and simultaneous 32-bit and 64-bit computing across various operating systems for flexible IT transitioning.

"The Thunder K8S S2880 affirms Tyan's position as a first-to-market technology leader in the server marketplace," said Don Clegg, Vice President, Sales and Strategic Programs at Tyan.  "This dual AMD Opteron™ processor platform satisfies the rigorous demands of server customers seeking AMD's evolutionary 64-bit technology."

"AMD Opteron processor server customers will benefit from the scalable, reliable Tyan Thunder K8S S2880 platform for dual processor solutions," said Rich Heye, vice president and general manager of AMD's Microprocessor Business Unit. "The integration of Tyan's design with AMD Opteron processor technology will provide a high-performance platform delivering optimized 32-bit performance today, while providing a simplified migration path to the power of 64-bit computing."

The Thunder K8 S2880 is currently sampling, and will reach mass production in May.