Server Motherboard

Server Motherboard Solutions from Texas Instruments

Block Diagram

Click on the colored blocks to view or sample recommended solutions


Design Considerations

A server computer is a computing system designated to run a specific application or applications for extended periods of time and often with minimal human interference. Although servers can be built from commodity computer components, dedicated servers use specialized hardware for optimal reliability. Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) are virtually nonexistent in servers so it is unnecessary to install expensive video adapters, as well as audio interfaces, joystick connections, and many USB peripherals typically found in Notebook or Desktop PCs. To keep systems cool, reliable fans or even centralized air conditioning are used. To ensure no loss of data is experienced during a power failure, special redundant uninterruptible power supplies are needed.

Trends in Server Computing:

Multi-processing: The performance focus in processors for servers has shifted away from simply increasing linear execution (i.e. boosting the clock speed) toward developing multi-threading techniques with multi-core processors. Historically, servers have utilized multiple processors (with single cores) to boost performance but in recent years processors now have embedded multiple processing cores into each processor enabling the server to execute more than one stream of code simultaneously. As processing cores increase, it is logical the number of threads should also increase to take advantage of the enhanced processing power of these multi-core systems.

Power Consumption and Thermal Considerations: An added benefit to multi-core processors is that the power required to operate these newer processors does not increase linearly with the number of cores available on a single monolithic integrated circuit. In fact, today’s dual-core and quad-core processors are comparable in power consumption to their predecessors. This is great news for the hardware engineers who are tasked to dissipate heat away from the processors.

Architecture Innovations: As with any computing system, a bottleneck in the processor, memory or I/O can severely degrade the overall performance. Along with multi-core and multi-thread enhancements, processors today have the ability to execute certain 124-bit instructions resulting in a significant performance boost. For memory improvements, fully-buffered DIMMs (FBDIMMs) reduce latency resulting in shorter read/write access times. High-speed interface standards such as PCI-Express, HyperTransport, Serial ATA, SAS, and USB ensure the information fed into the server is fast enough for the processing power of the server.

Virtualization: Virtualization is a new software technology that allows hardware in a single operating system of a host server to run multiple operating systems and multiple applications on the same computer at the same time, increasing utilization and flexibility.

    

Reference Designs

Description Part Number Company Tool Type
CC1101EM 315 and 433MHz Reference Design CC1101EM433_REFDES Texas Instruments Reference Designs
CC1101EM 868 and 915MHz Reference Design CC1101EM868-915_REFDES Texas Instruments Reference Designs
CC2500 Reference Design (62 mil layer spacing) CC2500_REFDES_062 Texas Instruments Reference Designs
CC2500EM Reference Design CC2500EM_REFDES Texas Instruments Reference Designs
Multiphase Synchronous Buck Converter, Four phase 12V Input to 1.5V at 80A PMP3054 Texas Instruments Reference Designs

Product Bulletin & White Papers

Product Bulletin (1)

Title Abstract Type Size (MB) Date Views
PDF 193 KB 08 Nov 2013 1300

White Papers (4)

Title Abstract Type Size (MB) Date Views
PDF 202 KB 21 Feb 2013 1942
PDF 207 KB 06 Feb 2013 3265
PDF 1.09 MB 12 Nov 2012 1536
PDF 652 KB 09 Oct 2012 1135

News Releases & Authored Articles

Visit the News Center

Similar End-Equipment Solutions

TI End-Equipment

All TI End-Equipment Solutions

Support and Community

Wikis

Visit the TI Wiki

Other Support