Calxeda Joins the Open Compute Project; Announces Support for OCP Common Slot Specification

Santa Clara, CA -- 01/16/13
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Also Demonstrates Project Knockout Contribution to Open Vault and Announces Joint Technology With Avnet Embedded in the Americas at Open Compute Summit

Santa Clara, CA, January 16, 2013 – Calxeda, a leader in the low power server market, is pleased to announce it is an official member of the Open Compute Project as it exhibits this week as a sponsor of the Open Compute Summit (OCS, http://opencompute.org/summit-2013/). Calxeda is also one of the first silicon partners to announce support for the Open Compute Project’s newly released common slot architecture specification. Calxeda also demonstrated for the first time, Project Knockout, its ARM® server motherboard design contribution to the Open Compute Project’s Open Vault storage solution. To highlight these and other innovations, Calxeda is teaming with Avnet Embedded in the Americas, a division of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), showcasing ARM-based server solutions in OCS booth #B5.

“We are honored to have the Open Compute Project single out our contribution to Open Vault today at OCS,” said Karl Freund, VP Marketing, Calxeda. “Project Knockout injects more compute in customers’ storage tier, putting efficient processing close to the data. We are also excited about our collaboration with Avnet, which is producing some amazing rack-level solutions, optimized for performance and TCO, and exploiting the Calxeda Energycore™ Fabric, the only on-die fabric switch on the market.”

Open Compute Project Chairman Frank Frankovsky recognized Calxeda for their contributions in his keynote at the Open Compute Summit today, and showed Project Knockout on stage.

“Partners like Calxeda are critical to bringing creative new design options to the Open Compute Project community and we applaud their technical contributions to the project,” Frankovsky said. “Not only is Calxeda an important supporter of OCP’s new common slot specification, but today they are also showing their unique Project Knockout board, which is ready to be evaluated by the OCP community.”

Project Knockout is Calxeda’s ARM-based server motherboard design for the Open Vault storage platform. By installing the Project Knockout board into Open Vault, end users can eliminate the need for a separate server to control the disks in Open Vault.

Calxeda and Avnet are also showcasing work targeting the data center space. The two companies are working jointly to deliver ARM-based contributions to the Open Compute Project that will leverage Avnet’s data center technologies. The co-developed solutions are expected to be available to the OCP community Fall 2013 and are demonstrated by both companies for the first time this week at OCS booth B5.

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