Tyan - First Dual AMD Motherboard?
Well it looks like Tyan may have the first Dual AMD Motherboard (the S2462) in the motherboard market. Tyan have been displaying the motherboard to select media at Comdex in Las Vegas. The release of the S2462 is scheduled for late first quarter, 2001. The revolutionary motherboard is targeted at the high-end workstation and the server market. Most of the specs on the board are still under strict NDA so we will not go into too much detail. But I can say that this board is sweat!
The chipset is 100% NDA so we can't discuss it. The board does looks like it will be using DDR Ram, the RAM of choice for most of the industries newest motherboards. The S2462 is built on an 8 layer PCB. Most manufacturers won't touch anything above 4-6 layers because the layout is just too complex, and the yields low. The fact that Tyan has managed to develop an 8 layer PCB at almost 100% yields in this revision will provide a much greater level of stability compared to the standard 4 - 6 layer motherboard.
A Preliminary Look at the Thunder K7 - The World's First Dual AMD
Tyan has long been known to be working on a dual AMD solution. The Thunder K7
(Model No. S2462) as this mysterious board is known is expected to be released
sometime in early quarter two of this year. According to a recent announcement
on Akiba, a Japanese computer information magazine, the Thunder K7 is
estimated to enter the retail market for around 118,000 Yen, or about $950
While that may seem like quite a hefty price
tag, the revolutionary motherboard is targeted at the high-end workstation and the server market, and not
the consumer market.
Regardless, what you get for your money is impressive: The Thunder K7 is
build-up from an astounding 8-layer PCB and is based on the AMD 760MP chipset
which supports 200MHz / 266MHz FSB.
The board has two socket 462 ZIF slots, one 4X AGP Pro slot, five 64/32 bit -
33MHz 6 volt PCI slots and four 184-pin DDR RAM slots for up to 4GB of
PC1600/PC2100 compliant memory.
Tyan's S2462 Dual AMD motherboard had dual channel master mode supporting upto four
IDE devices with DMA 100/66/33. An Integrated LAN option gives the board two
3Com 3C920 Lan Controllers for 10/100Mbps support per controller. Integrated
SCSI capabilities comes from an Adaptec AIC-7899W controller which
yeilds two 160M SCSI channels for support of upto 15 LVD devices per
channel. Other ports include; one floppy, one serial, one parallel, four USB and
PS/2 for keyboard and mouse.
Graphics come from an integrated ATI RAGE XL graphics accelerator with a 4MB
SDRAM frame buffer. Aside from the AMD 760MP chipset, the dual AMD
Thunder K7 incorporates an IDG-2 North Bridge and Viper South Bridge along
with a Winbond W83827HF Super I/O ASIC.
The BIOS on the Thunder K7 is by Phoenix. The 2MB flash BIOS has one
interesting feature which allows for multiple boot configurations. Hardware
monitors include three fan headers, 2 intrusion detector headers, and processor
temperature and voltage monitoring.
Power comes to the Extended-ATX board via 24-pin and 6-pin power connectors.
The S2462 is a large board and measures about 12" x
While these are still just
the preliminary specifications, they will no doubt generate a lot of interest in
Tyan over the next few months before the dual AMD motherboard is officially