Samsung Targets High Performance Entry-Level Windows NT Servers;
New Low-Cost Platforms Based on 500MHz to 633MHz Alpha Processors
LAS VEGAS, USA - April 6, 1998 - Samsung Semiconductor Inc. (SSI) today
introduced a series of entry-level server solutions based on its KP21164 family
of Alpha processors, with performance ranging from 500MHz to 633MHz.
The new SMB-UXB entry-level server platform series comes with 64MB of main
memory, 2MB or 4MB level-3 cache, power supply, Entry-level Server Tower Chassis
and a choice of 500MHz, 566MHz or 633MHz KP21164 Alpha Processor.
These new Alpha-based platforms are ideal for the SOHO and Web community and
will be distributed through existing Samsung channels to the VARs and system
integrators who serve these markets.
Samsung also introduced its new SMB-UX motherboards and processors designed for
final assembly by system OEMs. All SMB-UXB/UX motherboards come with integrated
Ultra-II Symbios SCSI and 10/100Mbs Ethernet controllers, and are priced from
$1,099 to $3,610, suggested retail.
The board-level solutions offer 13.5 SPECint95 / 20 SPECfp95 to 18 SPECint95 /
27 SPECfp95. Ideally, OEMs and VARs can fully equip and sell an entry-level
Windows NT server that is 1.5 to 2.5 times faster than a Pentium Pro 200MHz-
-based server starting from less than $2,995 with more than 30% margin. The
boards also feature six PCI slots and can accommodate 1.5GB of main memory using
256MB DIMMs while many other entry-level servers can only accommodate 512MB of
"Samsung's goal is to provide the ideal, highest performance/price entry-level
server platform under Windows NT for the SOHO and Web community," said Y.J. Kim,
Director of Alpha Marketing at Samsung in San Jose, Calif. "By doing so, we can
provide Windows NT in high performance platforms at a range of price points
based on Alpha."
Samsung also encourages companies to move up the value chain to use Digital
Equipment's AlphaServers for mission critical departmental or enterprise-level
computing, Kim said. "Today, most server applications under Windows NT are
native on Alpha, and these SOHO and Web community users will benefit
tremendously by using these entry-level Alpha platforms."
SMB-UXB/UX Platform Features
All UXB and UX motherboards feature:
- On-Board Integrated Ultra Wide SCSI -- Symbios Logic 53C875 with Narrow, Wide
and Ultra Wide Support
- On-Board 10/100 Mbs Ethernet -- Digital 21143 Controller with 10/100Mbs UTP
with RJ45 connector
- SDRAM Memory
- 32MB to 1.5GB of Memory
- Six 168-pin unbuffered SDRAM DIMM Sockets
- PCI Support (33MHz)
- One 64-bit PCI Slot
- Five 32-bit PCI Slots
- PCI-to-ISA bridge
- Level-3 Cache subsystem supports:
-- 128-bit data path
-- Synchronous SRAMs
-- 2MB or 4MB Cache
- Windows NT 4.0 or later and LINUX support
Performance and Product Offerings
- SMB-UX2B/UX2 with KP21164 500MHz, 13.5 SPECint95 / 20.0 SPECfp95
- SMB-UX2B/UX2 with KP21164 566MHz, 15.5 SPECint95 / 23.0 SPECfp95
- SMB-UX2B/UX2 with KP21164 633MHz, 17.0 SPECint95 / 25.0 SPECfp95
- SMB-UX4B/UX4 with KP21164 633MHz, 18.0 SPECint95 / 27.0 SPECfp95
Pricing and Availability
All SMB-UXB server platforms will be available from May 1998. Samsung is
currently taking orders for May delivery. Suggested retail prices for quantities
of 1,000 are as follows:
- SMB-UX2B with KP21164-500CN(2MB Level-3 Cache on board) = $1,499
- SMB-UX2B with KP21164-566CN(2MB Level-3 Cache on board) = $1,905
- SMB-UX2B with KP21164-633CN(2MB Level-3 Cache on board) = $3,265
- SMB-UX4B with KP21164-633CN(4MB Level-3 Cache on board) = $3,610
Samsung also updates its UX/BX Motherboard and Processor Bundle Pricing targeted
for Alpha System OEMs. Samsung is currently taking UX/BX orders for the May
delivery. The distributor suggested retail prices for quantities of 1,000 are as
- SMB-UX2B with KP21164-500CN(2MB Level-3 Cache on board) = $1,199
- SMB-UX2B with KP21164-566CN(2MB Level-3 Cache on board) = $1,605
- SMB-UX2B with KP21164-633CN(2MB Level-3 Cache on board) = $2,965
- SMB-UX4B with KP21164-633CN(4MB Level-3 Cache on board) = $3,310
The current LX Motherboard and Processor Bundle Pricing targeted for Alpha
Workstation System OEMs has been reduced and OEMs should contact Samsung sales
representatives or distributors for the latest pricing information. Samsung
Semiconductor's distributors in the United States are:
- All American, http://www.allamerican.com
- Bell Industries, http://www.bellind.com
- Jaco Electronics, http://www.jacoelectronics.com
Samsung Semiconductor is a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, an
$18.8 billion dollar division of the $92.7 billion, Korean-based, Samsung Group.
Samsung's Semiconductor Division is the seventh largest semiconductor
manufacturer and the leading producer of memory products in the world. Samsung
Semiconductor's North American headquarters are located in San Jose, California.
Samsung was the first company to introduce the 64-Megabit DRAM and the first
fully functional 256-Megabit DRAM in 1994. In November 1996, Samsung had the
world's first working silicon for the 1-Gigabit DRAM. Samsung's System LSI
products include ASICs, microcontrollers, power devices, media products and the
Samsung and the Samsung logo are trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Digital and Alpha are trademarks of Digital Equipment Corporation.
Pentium II Processor is a trademark of Intel Corporation.
Windows NT is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
All other brand or product names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of
their respective holders.
Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.
Y.J. Kim, 408/544-4510
B.H. Suh, 82-331-209-4637