Taiwanese motherboard and system manufacturer Tyan has released two sets of products. The first is a complete refresh of more than 17 platforms and 2 new products that use AMD's six-core Istanbul processor. The second is the Tyan YR (Yellow River) family targeting customers who want to build out their own internal clouds.
Tyan's Istanbul products are being shown this week at Computex in Taipee and will go on sale in July. Like other motherboard manufacturers, one of the reasons cited by Tyan for being able to get Istanbul product into the market quickly is socket compatibility with AMD's existing 4-core Shanghai processors.
For those customers who want to upgrade from Shanghai or who have motherboards and barebones systems that have not yet been fitted with Shanghai processors can download a BIOS update from Tyan that will support Istanbul. For Tyan channel partners, this reduces the problem of overstocking and having to try and match Shanghai and Istanbul solutions in their sales channel.
The product line consists of a mix of motherboards and barebone systems often used by white label server vendors. The new motherboards come in 2 and 4 socket versions while the barebones systems have 2, 4 and 8 socket support. This is the first 8-socket barebones server from Tyan and comes in a 5U chassis with four power supplies.
All the 4 and 8 socket motherboards are included in Tyan's push into the Cloud computing platform market providing highly dense computing for internal Cloud development. This Cloud initiative, called Yellow River, consists of a mix of AMD Istanbul and Intel Nehalem systems.
At Computex, Tyan is showing four of its YR product family and like other vendors, they are putting multiple systems into a single chassis for shared power and cooling. Tyan is claiming that its new YR170-B520M is the lowest power consuming platform in the world but, even through the product is showing at Computex, there are no product specs available to state what the power consumption is.
Of the four products on show, two are single socket and two are dual socket.