Another Tyan motherboard has earned Intel's "Intel Qualified Server Board" badge. After the Tyan Tempest i5400XT, which received the validation in November 2007, Tyan says its Tempest i5400PL is now validated as part of the pilot Qualified Server Board Program.
The i5400PL is based on Intel's 5400A chipset, and it can accommodate a pair of LGA771 Xeon 5100, 5200, 5300, or 5400 processors with front-side bus speeds of up to 1333MHz. The board also has eight FB-DIMM memory slots, two PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots, one PCIe x8 slot, and two PCI-X slots. Other connectivity features include dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, six 300MB/s Serial ATA ports, eight Serial Attached SCSI ports, and S/PDIF audio input and output.
In Tyan's words, the Intel Qualified Server Board certification means "a tested, proven and reliable Server platform that meets certain product support requirements specified by Intel." Intel itself adds that the certification ensures a given board meets "system-level thermal requirements" and supports "market-leading operating systems" from the likes of Microsoft and Red Hat. Intel says that server buyers can also cut costs by picking memory and peripherals from a list of compatible components provided by the hardware maker—in this case, Tyan.