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05 Oct 17. General Micro Systems Inc. (GMS) today announced the S402-LC/SW, a fully sealed, low-cost, and small-size rugged conduction-cooled family of servers for harsh military/defense/aerospace environments as well as industrial and commercial platforms. Based on Intel’s highest-performing Xeon® E5 server processor, the self-contained system comprises a server, optional router and multi-port switch plus network attached storage (NAS) that provides extremely high performance and reliability in a fully ruggedized, conduction-cooled system about the size of a 12-inch laptop.
The highly integrated server system is the result of more than 40 years of GMS electro-mechanical engineering. The system consolidates multiple separate system functions onto a single internal computer board, yielding a single-chassis multi-functional server system at a price point that is unheard of for deployable rugged defense systems. Designed for cost and space reduction, the S402-LC/SW server system is the smallest rugged enterprise-class server ever deployed.
Developed for the low-cost and reduced-size needs of the U.S. Army’s Product Manager Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle Systems (PdM MRAP VS) and with the Army’s Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD), the S402-LC/SW is a compact standalone or networked “mobile battlefield data center” that is designed to operate over -40° C to +85° C with no fans required.
The meticulously value-engineered S402-LC/SW server system replaces several separate systems previously used by the Army in an MRAP mine-clearing vehicle—including a larger, previous-generation GMS SO302 server, Ethernet switch, and mass storage. The S402-LC/SW meets the challenge of combining multiple chassis and functions into a single, small, conduction-cooled server to fit into a very tight space in the vehicle—at a price point roughly one-third of the previous separate chassis and functions. The S402-LC/SW is the successful result of achieving that goal: a commercially available version of the Army’s new “mobile battlefield data center” server.
“No one else has this kind of server—absolutely no one,” said Ben Sharfi, CEO and chief architect of GMS. “Our S402-LC/SW is unlike anything on the market, giving military and industrial customers the same high-performance computing that consumers get with Apple’s highest-performing desktop computer. The S402-LC/SW is a fully sealed, enterprise-class mobile data center that is ready for battlefield duty, and small and rugged enough for the most demanding environments. Most importantly, it saves the Army lots of money.”
• Advanced packaging and size reduction combines three chassis into one at lower cost
• Fully sealed low-cost and small-size rugged conduction-cooled chassis
• Intel® Xeon E5 v4 CPU with up to 18 cores
• Greatest size, weight, and power efficiency (SWaP-E) on the market today
• Hyper-Threading on each core for total of 36 logical cores
• Supports up to 256 GB of DDR4 memory with ECC
• Up to four removable 2.5″ SATA or NVMe SSD; up to two fixed mSATA and M.2 SSD
• Up to 4x 10GbE and 13x 1GbE for real-time sub-30 ms video-over-IP latency
• Add-in I/O via XMC, PCIe-Mini, GMS SAM I/O™
The S402-LC/SW is ideal for defense, mil/aero, industrial, and commercial platforms that need maximum performance density in an exceptionally small space.
The 11.75″ x 7.75″ x 2″ chassis can mount nearly anywhere in battlefield platforms used on the ground, in the air, or on the sea. It can also be mounted on telephone poles and powered by solar panels. Because of its server-class performance, significant networking options, exceptional I/O capabilities and removable storage, the S402-LC/SW is also ideal for demanding industrial and commercial platforms.
High-Density S402-LC/SW With Removable Drives, Built-In Real