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Supermicro

Supermicro, Inc. manufactures server motherboards and provides services to build customized servers. They manufacture motherboards with Intel’s Sandy Bridge CPUs and have recently been involved in creating servers used worldwide. The company was founded in 1997 and is based in Silicon Valley, California, with headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan. Their products are telecommunication, cloud computing, networking, and high-performance computing.

Supermicro was founded in May of 1997 by Charles Liang and started producing motherboards from Asus by OEMing server motherboards. In 1999 they began selling the Supermicro name boards to other OEMs. With the success of their motherboards, they focused on developing their own IPMI management solution to better compete with other barebone servers. They also used this technology to create a series of white box servers for large data centers. These servers combined reduced power consumption with increased performance by combining standard Intel CPUs with Nvidia GPUs and using Solid State Drives (SSDs) instead of Hard Disk Drives (HDDs). In 2002 they extended the life of their motherboards to 5 years, increasing their potential lifespan and increasing the company’s profits. In 2006 Supermicro released a series of micro-servers: single-socket motherboards with a shared power supply and chassis. These servers were designed for web hosting and data center space saving. In late 2009 Supermicro created their first 4-socket motherboard, providing significantly higher performance than standard 2-socket servers.

Supermicro also manufactures workstations, storage systems, and blade servers. The company has also recently been involved in consulting on high-performance computing projects for the National Weather Service and Department of Defense for applying weather prediction technology to improve weapon accuracy at a distance.

Supermicro was founded in 1997 by Charles Liang and started producing motherboards by OEMing server motherboards from Asus. In 1999 they began selling the Supermicro name boards to other OEMs. With the success of their motherboards, they focused on developing their own IPMI management solution to better compete with other barebone servers. They also used this technology to create a series of white box servers for large data centers. These servers combined reduced power consumption with increased performance by combining standard Intel CPUs with Nvidia GPUs and using Solid State Drives (SSDs) instead of Hard Disk Drives (HDDs). In 2002 they extended the life of their motherboards to 5 years, increasing their potential lifespan and increasing the company’s profits. In 2006 Supermicro released a series of micro-servers: single-socket motherboards with a shared power supply and chassis. These servers were designed for web hosting and data center space saving. In late 2009 Supermicro created their first 4-socket motherboard, providing significantly higher performance than standard 2-socket servers.

In July of 2010, the company announced its acquisition by Platinum Equity, which also acquired other companies in the computer components market, such as Silicon Graphics, Inc., SeaMicro, Inc., and Digital Logix Inc. The purchase price was USD 3.3 billion (65 times trailing earnings).

In early 2011 Supermicro released a 10GbE Mini-ITX motherboard with an extensive list of features and high-performance levels without using additional network cards. They also announced a series of eATX servers using an embedded Aspeed AST2300 chip to reduce overall power consumption while providing the same level of performance as traditional x86 platforms. It iss a departure from the previous server designs where Supermicro used Intel’s Xeon family CPUs.

In April 2014, after hiring new CEO Charles Liang, who has done much to steer it away from its original course, Super Micro Computer laid off around 100 staff worldwide. As part of an initiative to reduce costs by focusing on core businesses, the company announced that it would form a joint venture in Taiwan with Taiwan-based motherboard vendor In Win.

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