Arm SystemReady SR Certified Ampere Altra Development Platform Released for $3,999

ADLINK has just announced the availability of the Arm SystemReady SR-certified Ampere Altra development platform featuring the company’s Ampere Altra COM-HPC module with 32 to 80 64-bit Arm Neoverse N1 cores, 32 GB to 128 GB of RAM.

An adaptation of the earlier AVA development platform expected to sell for $5,450, the Ampere Altra development platform got a price reduction to $3,999 at launch for a system with a 32-core CPU and 32 GB of DDR4. The system targets software developers who want to build cloud-to-edge applications using industry-standard Arm hardware.

Ampere Altra Development Platform Specifications:

  • SoM – Ampere Altra COM-HPC Module with Ampere Altra 32-80 Core 64-bit Arm Neoverse N1 Processor up to 1.7/2.2/2.6GHz (32/64/80 Cores, TPD: 60W @ 175 W), 32 GB to 128 GB DDR4 ECC memory
  • Storage – 128GB NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Motherboard – COM-HPC Server Base Support Board
  • Video – VGA port
  • Audio – 3.5mm audio jack
  • Networking
    • 1x Gigabit Ethernet
    • 1 RJ45 console port for BMC
    • Optional Intel Quad X710 10GbE LAN card
  • Expansion – 3 PCIe x16 slots
  • USB – 6x or 4x USB 3.0 ports [rear I/O]2 USB 2.0 ports [top panel]
  • Serial – COM port (DB9)
  • Various
    • Main power switch, power button
    • LED button to switch between the LED lighting modes of the 5 ARGB system fans, which consist of 12 colorful and off lighting effects
    • Optional liquid cooling for quiet, fanless operation
  • Power – 750 watt power supply
  • Dimensions – Standard Tower Enclosure

ADLINK ammeter arm workstationAmpere Altra Development Platform Specifications

Arm SystemReady SR compliance ensures out-of-the-box support for operating systems out of the box, and the machine has been successfully tested with Ubuntu Server 20.04.3, Windows PE (10.0.22000.1), VMware ESXi-Arm Fling v1.8, Fedora Server 35, FreeBSD 13.0-RELEASE, CentOS stream 9 and Debian 11.2. Arm SystemReady SR is intended for servers and workstations and has no waivers (for hardware/firmware/OS hacks) like the Arm SystemReady ES or SystemReady IR certifications do for less powerful systems. Documentation can be found on the Wiki.

The Ampere Altra development platform can be purchased from the IPI Wiki store for $3,999 with much of the cost reduction, compared to the AVA development platform, coming from the lack of the Quad board -10GbE (default). ADLINK told CNX Software that the 32GB RAM, 32-core model currently sold is in mass production, and more powerful models are expected in late Q2 2022 for $5,399 with 64 cores and 64GB of DDR4, and $6,299 with 80 cores and 128 GB of DDR4.

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