With the recent launch of the 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable, codenamed Sapphire Rapids” we have servers from a number of server makers. AIC has stepped into the fray with a new line of servers to kick off its next generation of servers.
AIC Launches 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Servers
AIC is a very interesting company since it is an OEM to a number of other companies. As such, its designs tend to feature reusable motherboards that are flexible enough to cover a number of different application scenarios. Here are AIC’s new servers for this generation:
- The AIC SB201-HK is the company’s mainstream 2-socket 2U platform. We can see the full set of 32x DDR5 DIMM slots, 24x 2.5″ NVMe bays up front, risers, and dual OCP NIC 3.0 slots along with a rear storage option for boot devices.
- The AIC SB102-HK is the company’s 1U platform based on the same motherboard. This is unique insofar as it is a 12x 2.5″ NVMe bay 1U. We have not seen as many companies do 12x 2.5″ bays in this generation so some will want that extra front storage density.
- For the density-optimized markets, AIC has the HP202-KT. One can see this is a 2U 4-node (2U4N) platform. Each node has up to 3x PCIe Gen5 x16 connections available to NICs or other cards. There are 12x 3.5″ bays up front to help aid in cooling.
Usually, the motherboards that AIC designs for these density-optimized solutions, like this “Kratos” platform, end up being used in many of the company’s other products to drive volumes.
Our sense is that this is an initial push for AIC. We will likely see more models arrive for storage, GPU, and hosting markets in the future. Something that is fun is that AIC lists support for both the Sapphire Rapids-SP and Emerald Rapids-SP generations. Emerald Rapids is the company’s next-generation Socket E2 (LGA4677) part. It is good to see that AIC is already designing for the socket-compatible next-generation.
We recently looked at this AIC SB407-TU. That design is a 60-bay top-loading storage server.
In the near future, we should have more AIC server reviews. In the meantime, if you want to check out more on the new Sapphire Rapids line, check out our article linked above or video here:
AIC’s next three servers should be Facelift, Dirt, and Tripod. Platform updates can be SAP and Jar of Flies.