Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Server management SoC solution provider Aspeed Technology has started delivering in small volume samples of its new baseboard management controller (BMC) chips for servers based on Intel's next-generation Whitley server platform in June, with large-scale sample delivering scheduled to kick off in the fourth quarter.
Aspeed is gearing up for the arrival of new 10nm server products next year, with its new BMC chips to be built using TSMC's 28nm process technology, according to the Taiwan-based company. Aspeed is optimistic about its performance during the latter part of 2019.
Growing BMC chip orders for servers based on Intel Purley chip architecture boosted Aspeed's sales during the first quarter. The Taiwan-based company's revenues increased 13.9% sequentially and 2.4% on year to NT$580 million (US$18.5 million) in the first quarter of 2019, when gross margin climbed to 63.6%. Net profits for the quarter came to NT$190 million.
Aspeed saw its revenues increase 13.6% on year to a record high of NT$2.15 billion in 2018, when net profit arrived at NT$686 million.
Aspeed has expanded its client portfolio to include white-box and brand server vendors, through its previous acquisition of Broadcom's Emulex Pilot chipset business. Amazon, Cisco, Facebook, Inspur, Lenovo, Microsoft and Sugon are reportedly among Aspeed's major customers.
Aspeed has also enhanced its offerings to include image processors, and introduced a six-lens SoC dubbed Cupola360 designed exclusively for 360-degree image processing in 2018. The new product line is set to start generating revenues in the first quarter of 2020 with the sales to account for over 10% of company revenues next year.
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