AVA Development Platform Offers 32 64-bit Arm Cores, 32GB RAM, 10GbE for $ 5,450
The AVA development platform was announced with the ADLink COM-HPC Ampera Altra server module for embedded applications with up to 80 64-bit Arm cores, up to 768 GB DDR4, 4 10 GbE lanes and 64 PCIe lanes Gen4.
The AVA development platform is not equipped with the high-end COM-HPC module, but still a 32-core Ampere Altra COM-HPC module equipped with 32GB DDR4 memory, NVMe M. 2 128 GB and an Intel Quad X710 10GbE LAN Card, it still makes an impressive workstation for native Arm development. We didn’t know the price last time, but now we do it like the workstation is available for pre-order for $ 5,450.
Specifications of AVA Development Platform:
- SoM – Ampere Altra COM-HPC module with Arm Neoverse N1 32-core 64-bit Ampere Altra processor up to 3.3 GHz (TPD: 60 W), 32 GB DDR4 memory
- Storage – 128 GB NVMe M.2 SSD (From photos see below: additional M.2 socket, 2x SATA ports)
- Motherboard – COM-HPC server carrier card
- Video – VGA Port
- Networking – Intel Quad X710 10GbE LAN Card, 1x Gigabit Ethernet, 1x RJ45 port for management (but disabled)
- Expansion – 3x PCIe x16 and 2x PCIe x4 slots (from photos)
- USB – 4x USB 3.0 ports and 2x USB 2.0 ports [rear I/O], 2 USB 3.0 ports [front panel] (somehow at USB 2.0 speeds e.g. 480Mbps)
- Serial – COM port (DB9)
- Miscellaneous – Power button; liquid cooling for quiet, fanless operation
- Power supply – 750 Watt power supply
- Dimensions – TBD (Standard Tower Case)
The specs are preliminary as they are based on both limited public specs and new higher resolution photos available now. It should be possible to add additional storage via M.2 NVMe sockets and SATA ports, and graphics cards or an AI accelerator via the remaining three PCIe x16 / x4 slots.
The AVA Development Platform is the first SOAFEE Reference Development Platform compliant with Arm SystemReady SR to date. This means that the system will boot all compliant Linux distributions such as CentOS, Ubuntu, and Yocto Linux, just like you can boot ISO images on just about any x86 hardware, and SOAFEE adds functional security and capabilities. real-time requirements for stand-alone workloads.
The price tag of $ 5,495 looks steep, but it should be compared to other similar workstations. GIGABYTE ThunderXStation with two 32-core Cavium ThunderX2 processors would sell for $ 13,500 (as of 2018) with 32GB of RAM and a 960GB NVMe SSD, while the Ampere eMAG would start at $ 3,300 with an Ampere eMAG 8180 32 processor. Armv8 cores @ 2.8 GHz / 3.3 GHz (
which appears to be the old name of the 32-core Ampere Altra processor Wrong!), 32GB DDR4 ECC RAM, and 240GB SATA SSD. But if I look at the price today on Avantek, such a system would cost around $ 4000 with a fancy window frame with LEDs like the plate. – AVA shape. The Intel Quad X710 10GbE LAN Card is expected to add around $ 450 to $ 500 to the price, so we’re still $ 1000 missing, or maybe I’m missing something.
Thanks to Willy for the tip.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 on a part-time basis, before stepping down as head of software engineering and starting writing daily news and reviews full-time later in 2011.