MaxCore™ Platform  Versatile and Dense Compute & Media Platform



MaxCore  Platform can accommodate up to 28 Intel Xeon Processor


MaxCore  Front view


PCIe-7410 Servercard


MaxCore  Back view




OPEX: Microserver




CAPEX: SBC Speech Transcoding

The MaxCore platform is a flexible appliance with scalable x86 CPU performance in combination with many off-the-shelf PCI Express cards
The Artesyn Embedded Technologies MaxCore™ platform offers a versatile and dense architecture to achieve maximum compute and media processing density. Through its use of Artesyn technology microserver cards, Artesyn media processing PCI Express cards and 3rd party PCI Express cards, it offers maximum flexibility, maximum density per rack unit (RU), and unmatched innovation in design for both datacenter and carrier grade applications.

The MaxCore Platform enables you to build an economical and application focused appliance within a short time. It accelerates time to market by leveraging the vast market of COTS PCI Express cards available which can be used interchangeably on the MaxCore platform and other platforms.

The MaxCore platform is a 3U 19" server with 15 PCIe full length slots à 150W power dissipation. Three hot-swappable power supplies deliver 2+1 redundant 2.200W and non-redundant 3.300W. One slot is equipped with a Microserver PCIe-7410 card with two 8-core Xeon D-1540 CPUs with up to 64GB DDR4 RAM per CPU, up to 4 PCIe x4 Gen3 links, one USB and RS-232 port per processor. MaxCore provides four 2.5” SATA hard-drive bays, two 10GBASE-T ports with SR-IOV support, two USB ports and BMC for remote platform management with one 1000Base-T port and two 10GBaseT ports.

A single 3U MaxCore platform, fully configured with Artesyn SharpStreamer™ add-in acceleration cards, is capable of supporting up to 616 streams of 1080p HD video, which equals over 200 streams per rack unit. Comparable server platforms claim between 90 and 110 HD video streams per rack unit, while the industry average using standard rack mount servers is 5.54 streams per rack unit. For speech transcoding, measured by G.711 to G.729 sessions, a typical standard server can support up to 4,600 per rack unit versus 31,000 per rack unit in a MaxCore platform, or 93,000 for the complete 3U system. While standard rack mount servers are ideal for smaller scale density requirements, Artesyn’s MaxCore platform is optimized for hosted cloud and high density deployments. Combined with a significant reduction in floor space and power consumption, the density and flexibility of the Artesyn MaxCore platform makes it the most cost-effective, scale-out infrastructure for video transcoding with 14 times the performance density when compared to 1U servers, up to 75 percent lower equipment cost, and over 90 percent lower power and cooling cost.

Within the world of platform infrastructure, the MaxCore platform is unique in its ability to combine CPU-attached PCI Express cards with an extremely flexible communication network between all of the CPUs. Traditional single box server architectures either provide a single multi-core server that can be combined with a small number of PCI Express based I/O cards, or they offer multiple independent server nodes with no or minimal local I/O extension. The MaxCore platform supports both architectures while breaking down the individual limits and enabling any combination in-between.

The MaxCore platform is designed with the most demanding applications in mind through its optimal cooling and accommodation for PCI Express cards that require additional power and its ability to meet NEBS environments. The MaxCore platform is also designed for maximum cost efficiency, delivering 7 times the performance density, 80% less power/heat and 90% fewer cables than traditional servers. Whether the application requires dense computing through the use of MaxCore microserver cards, multiple media processing cards, or a combination including 3rd party PCI Express cards, the MaxCore platform offers a superior architecture with flexibility in deployment.

The versatile MaxCore chassis holds 15 cards. One of the cards is designated for the Artesyn SharpServer™ dual Intel® Xeon® processor D microserver card, and 14 card slots are available for additional microserver cards or any type of PCI Express card. The MaxCore fabric employs an innovative new PCI Express switching technology which now allows many CPUs to be associated with many PCI Express cards, unlike classical server architectures that always assume a single host CPU. The MaxCore user can create several independent server domains in the same shelf or can share individual PCI Express cards between many CPUs. Configurations from a single CPU with 14 PCI Express accelerator cards to 28 CPUs with a single PCI Express I/O card can be created. Adding redundancies is also possible for the systems integrator.

Two 10GBaseT ports are directly accessible MAC devices connected to the chassis fabric. The system includes fault tolerant power supplies and cooling subsystems with those devices being hot-swappable. With just a few components in the critical system core, the MaxCore platform offers outstanding reliability.

One microserver CPU takes the role of the system host. A second CPU can take over that role in the case of a failure. That CPU function is then responsible for the MaxCore housekeeping and acts as boot and file server for the other microservers. Four SATA drive bays and two USB connectors can be configured to be owned by a redundant pair of system host CPUs. With the system host accompanied by a BMC microcontroller, the MaxCore platform can be remotely manageable like an enterprise class rack mount server.

Product Specification

3U 19" Server, 508 mm depth, option for rail mounting

15 PCIe slots, full length:
4 PCIe Gen3 x16 (each x16 link can be split into four x4 links)
11 PCIe Gen3 x8 (each x8 link can be split into two x4 links)

Microserver PCIE-7410 card with two 8 core Intel Xeon D-1540 processors, up to 64GB DDR4 RAM per CPU, up to 4 PCIe x4 Gen3 links, one USB and RS-232 port per processor

Optimal platform cooling with internal connectors for optionally supplying additional power for PCIe cards requiring more than 75W

90 - 264VAC and -48VDC support:
2 + 1 redundant 2200W total for all slots with a maximum of up to 150W per slot
Non-redundant 3300W for all slots
Hot swappable

Two 10GBASE-T ports with SR-IOV support for shared usage between multiple server cards

Two USB ports

Redundant hot swappable fan blocks, front-to-rear cooling

Air filter, replaceable

Four 2.5” SATA hard-drive bays for use by system hosts

BMC for remote platform management:
1x 1000Base-T port and sideband access to two 10GBaseT ports

Cable-less internal architecture for SharpServer microserver cards

2 years warranty



Ordering Information


MaxCore Chassis with one dual CPU microserver card


Microserver card with two 8-core Intel Xeon processor D-1540


SharpStreamer video processing card with 4 dual-core Intel Xeon (Broadwell) CPU





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