AMI Announces New MG9100 Universal Backplane Management Controller

AMI Announces New MG9100 Universal Backplane Management Controller

Mar 18, 2019 | Press Release

NORCROSS, GEORGIA: AMI, a global leader in BIOS and UEFI firmware, server and remote management tools, data storage products and more is pleased to announce its new MG9100 Universal Backplane Management (UBM) Controller, the latest addition to its family of MG9xxx Backplane Controller products.

The MG9100 UBM Backplane Controller is a low-cost, small footprint solution for enclosure management of single and dual ported NVMe SSD backplanes as well as traditional SAS/SATA backplanes through the Universal Backplane Management (UBM) protocol. A single MG9100 controller supports up to 8 drives, while a maximum of 32 drives are supported when four MG9100 controllers are cascaded together.

The MG9100 UBM Backplane Controller was designed to foster simplicity in the management of all types of server drives – SAS, SATA and NVMe – and help standardize the management of multi-protocol backplanes. It leverages the UBM protocol for backplane management with the help of two/four UBM SMBuses communicating with the UBM controller on the host, making it capable of managing hybrid backplanes with a combination of SAS, SATA and NVMe SSDs. It also features support for legacy protocols such as SGPIO (SFF-8485), BMC SMBus and Host Hot-Plug VPP or SHP SMBus as well.

The MG9100 UBM Backplane Controller comes ready to use in a space-efficient QFN-64 package with 9 mm x 9 mm pin outline, with no firmware or programming required. It supports the International Blinking Pattern Interpretation (IBPI) specification (SFF-8489), with both 2-LED and 3-LED blinking supported for up to 8 drives. Additional features include Global Activity and Global Fail Status LEDs for the backplane as well as separate LEDs for Activity, Locate and Fail states for each drive. Preloaded and downloadable custom LED blinking patterns are also available for the MG9100.

Founder, CEO and President of AMI, Subramanian Shankar, commented on this news by saying, “Today’s announcement of our latest MG9100 Backplane Controller represents an evolution in our backplane controller family, as a truly universal solution for hybrid server environments. We believe the MG9100 will be a key component to help streamline and simplify management of the IT infrastructure at large and provide flexibility and choice for end users as they select optimal drive configurations to meet the needs of specific workloads and other constraints.”

For more information on the new MG9100 UBM Backplane Controller from AMI, please visit our website at ami.com/bpc or contact our sales team at 1-800-828-9264.

About AMI

AMI is Firmware Reimagined for modern computing. As a global leader in Dynamic Firmware for security, orchestration and manageability solutions, AMI enables the world’s compute platforms from on-premises to the cloud to the edge. AMI’s industry-leading foundational technology and unwavering customer support have generated lasting partnerships and spurred innovation for some of the most prominent brands in the high-tech industry. AMI is also a critical provider to the Open Compute ecosystem and is a member of numerous industry associations and standards groups, such as the Unified EFI Forum (UEFI), PICMG, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Cybersecurity Excellence Partnership (NCEP), and the Trusted Computing Group (TCG).

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