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Latest Update: Wed, 14 Aug 2002

MSI™ has been an innovator in the technology industry for over 16 years. Beyond the manufacturing of motherboards and graphics cards, MSI™ also expands its product lineup to include the design and manufacturing of Server type solutions and products. Within the past two years, MSI™'s SPD (Server Product Division) has acquired specialists for research and development. MSI™ has successfully produced products that are fine-tuned to fit our customer's needs. In order to allow everyone to be more familiar with the latest developments from SPD, MSI™ will be hosting a Server Press Conference at our headquarters on August 14th 2002 from 2:00pm - 4:00pm. During the conference, it will be our honor to present the latest in Server solutions as will as MMS, the latest server management software suite developed by MSI™.
During the Press Conference, we will be demonstrating the following solutions and technologies:

MS-9211 1U Rack-Mount Server:
The MS-9211 Rack-Mount Server an Intel® Pentium® 4 processor, two DDR DIMM slots with the capability of supporting up to 2GB or DDR SDRAM, maximizing the speed of system transfers and the processing of data. The user also has the option to use either dual Intel 82551 10/100 LAN controllers or a single gigabit Ethernet paired with a single 10/100 Ethernet controller, satisfying the need for applications needing higher network throughput. Furthermore, the MS-9211 features MSI's latest MMS (MSI™ Server Management Suite) allowing network administrators to manage, service, secure and speedily resolve any system issues easily and remotely.

MMS (MSI™ Server Management Suite) Software methodology
MSI™'s MMS technology leverages off the industry standard IPMI 1.5 (Intelligent Platform Management Interface), this provides the fabric for system level management communication. The proprietary MMS software developed using IPMI is capable of allowing the Network Administrator to perform remote server management via the Internet. If a problem arises from the server, the system is capable of sending a warning signal to the network administrator no matter where he may be at that time. Beyond the warning feature, the Network Administrator can also access the remote management feature to assess the situation and determine where the issue lies. Additional features include recovery, system reboot function as well as full system configuration. These added features allow the administrator to quickly manage, assess, debug and bring the system back to full functionality in the shortest time possible. The following section describes the MMS features in more detail:

Hardware Monitoring: The most cost-effective deployment of system management that utilizes the least amount of human resource to review hardware status. Hardware Monitoring can be used at a remote location to monitor your MSI™ server. The network administrator is therefore capable of assessing the vital system information such as System Temperature, Voltage, Fan Speed, CPU temperature and much more.

OOB: (Out of Band) Allows the user the capability of managing the server's functions without being at the physical location. The essence of OOB allows repair and management features from a remote location if the system should cease to function.

Secure Mode: Can prevent unauthorized access and possible damage to the system using software protection. Secure Mode allows the Network Administrator to lock both the power and reset button, thus preventing unauthorized access to the use of the servers.

Chassis Identify: In a server room with multiple racks of servers, Chassis Identify quickly allows the Network Administrator to locate the troubled system instantly. Chassis Identify utilizes a button and LED at both the front and rear of the unit to allow easy identification within the server group.

Chassis Control: Allows the System Administrator to perform Cold Boot, Shutdown, reset (reboot) functions.

System Event Log: Capable of logging all system event information, System Event Log records hardware status, events to even system management functions. This allows the administrator to quickly check, manage and fix system abnormalities.

Abnormal Event Preset (Event Action, Fault LED, Blue Screen): Prior to an abnormal event, the System Administrator can preset the server's functions to either reboot, post a Blue Screen warning or even turn on the warning light (Fault LED) in order to alert the user.

ASR (Auto Server Restart) ASR allows the server to automatically reboot after a preset time if the system locks up or cannot function, thus reducing the overall system downtime.

Boot Option: This function allows the Administrator to choose the sequence during system POST. Detailed choices include options to boot from FDD, CD-ROM, hard drives or even a particular logical partition on a specified drive. Boot Option is a very feasible method to perform a common function that typically requires the Administrator to access the server room.

Console Redirection: Coming from the system BIOS, Console Redirection is capable of allowing server machines to be displayed on a remote terminal. This function allows the Administrator to effortlessly manage server functions remotely as though they were physically present in the server room. (Currently, Console Redirection is only available under DOS mode.)

MS-9204 2U Rack-Mount Server
The MS-9204 2U Rack-Mount Server utilizes leading edge, high performance dual Intel XeonR processors that support Hyper-Threading Technology. Hyper-Threading Technology raises the bar in the performance and quality of data transmitted within the system. The MS-9204 is designed with six DDR DIMMs capable of supporting up to 12GB of DDR200 SDRAM capacity, significantly increasing the memory bandwidth and internal communication. Furthermore the MS-9204 offers, an Ultra320 (Ultra 160) SCSI controller as well as a dual Gigabit Ethernet LAN option as standard features. For additional features, MS-9204 is even capable of supporting Intel RAIDOSR / AdaptecR ZCR (Zero Channel RAID) high-speed RAID devices.

Hermes Series Slim PC
The Hermes Series Slim PC utilizes an Intel Pentium 4 processor up to 2.3GHz, with support up to 2GB of system memory allowing an excellent platform for future upgradeability. The Hermes Series Slim PC uses proprietary CPU cooling technology to channel airflow through the side of the chassis. This method dramatically reduces the system noise level as well as maximizing in its efficiency to cool the system. During system usage, the Hermes performs in near silent operation of only 28.6Db. Being lightweight and with an ultra slim form factor of only 84(h) x 309(w) x 345 (d) mm, the Hermes series considered the smallest of its kind in the market today, taking up minimum real estate on any desk. The large expansion capabilities of the Hermes Series provides direct connections to DV cameras, laptops and other devices making it the perfect choice for Audio / Visual entertainment, perfectly suited for both the home and office users.

MSI™'s strength and reputation has already been widely established in the IT industry. With its product line stretching from Slim PC, Servers, Network appliances, Optical Devices to even IA products, MSI™'s product lines are complete and reaching maturity. Through the achievements and success of products, MSI™ wishes to transform into a total solution provider in the Technology industry. Through determination to provide superior products to our customers, MSI™ will continue to develop and manufacturer competitive products to meet the needs of all segments in the market today.

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