Magma to Offer More than Expansion Enclosures

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Expansion chassis manufacturer combines PCIe expansion with GPUs to create first high performance computing Appliance

Magma, which manufactures high performance expansion computing solutions, today announced it will begin offering expansion chassis with integrated third party components to customers, according to Jim Medeiros, Magma worldwide strategic business manager. The MCS-3450, the first product in the Magma appliance portfolio, is a combination of the recently released high performance computing ExpressBox 3450, and gives customers a choice of up to four Nvidia K40c (active cooled) GPUs.

“We intend for our product line to make it seamless to add components, like GPUs, to workstations and servers for system integrators,” said Medeiros. “By having pre-tested configurations, Magma is decreasing integration times and reducing costs associated with delivering configured solutions.”

Magma’s appliances are pre-tested and certified configurations of third-party components in expansion chassis. The appliance family will eventually support a variety of options, such as other models of GPUs and SSDs, the MCS-3450 currently supports both workstation and server rack mounting options.

“We see the MCS-3450 as a perfect fit for many high performance computing applications, especially in media and entertainment, CAD/CAM and oil and gas exploration,” said Tim Miller, Magma president. “The size and portability of this GPU appliance will be appealing to desktop and workstation users as well as professionals in need of on-site computing horsepower.”

The MCS-3450 will be available for order at the end April and will begin shipping in May. Interested customers can contact Magma sales via ales(at)magma(dot)com and see the chassis in person at NAB from April 12-16.

About Magma

Magma develops and manufactures expansion computing solutions using Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI), Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe), and Thunderbolt Systems for servers, desktops and portable computing platforms. Magma’s line of products includes enclosed and non-enclosed solutions ranging from single slot expansion products to fault-tolerant, Reliable Available Serviceable (RAS) systems specifically designed for mission critical environments.

Magma products are platform independent and are used in a variety of industries including audio and video production, test and measurement, medical imaging, surveillance, aerospace and defense, telecommunications, data acquisition, and high performance computing. Magma’s team of experienced engineers has been developing expansion and connectivity solutions since 1987 and holds more than a dozen technology patents, making them a pioneer and leader in the market space. All Magma products are designed and assembled in the United States. For more information about Magma visit

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