What is OpenBMC?

OpenBMC is designed as a complete open sourced Linux distribution, with flexibility to be customized to support different SoC or boards. Proprietarily built by firmware providers, traditional BMC are close-sourced, meaning it does not have the flexibility to be modified on open platform. OpenBMC, on the other hand, is easier to be customized on open environment, thus shortens the developing process. End users can leverage their own security model rather than vendor provided models with unknown vulnerabilities. In this way, they can use generic Linux tools to configure and monitor boards and devices through OpenBMC.

OpenBMC features

  • Open source code
  • Customizable features
  • Easy to build, lower cost
  • Active community, constant improvement
  • Communicating through D-BUS, simplify IPC (Inter Process Communication) channel

  • OpenBMC can be used in many functions:

  • Power Control
  • Remote Console
  • Thermal Management
  • Sensors
  • System Status Management
  • Event Logs
  • More functions could be developed

  • Why Choose Portwell?

  • The Portwell OpenBMC development kit has been validated and tested by Meta Platforms, Inc. (formerly Facebook, Inc.).
  • The Portwell OpenBMC development kit integrates the advanced AST2600 ASPEED server management processor.
  • COM express CPU-upgradable modular design provides a future proof framework with various of I/O and scalability.
  • Portwell has been a major worldwide supplier of specialty computing application platforms.
  • Portwell has the experience and capability providing engineering resources and dedicated project support for OEM/ODM fully customization services.

  • The Portwell OpenBMC Development Kit

    The Portwell OpenBMC Development Kit is built with Meta’s (Meta Platforms, Inc. and formerly known as Facebook, Inc.) latest OpenBMC framework, and designed with the Portwell PCOM-B657VGL Type 6 COM Express Basic (125mm x 95mm) module and carrier board in microATX form factor, featuring the 11th generation Intel® Core™ processors, DDR4 memory support (both ECC and non-ECC), and integrated high performance Intel UHD graphics to provide up to 65% higher multi-thread computing performance and up to 70% faster graphic performance with the support of PCIe x16 Gen 4 interface, compared to predecessor. And more specifically, the enhanced graphics feature supports up to four 4K displays simultaneously.


  • Baseboard with ASPEED’s AST2600 Advanced PCIe Graphics & Remote Management Processor supporting advanced Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) features

  • Built with Meta’s (Meta Platforms, Inc. and formerly known as Facebook, Inc.) latest OpenBMC, an open software framework to build a complete Linux image for a Baseboard Management Controller (BMC)

  • Datasheet


    Kit Part Number : 21-F91414-000 “Portwell COMe OpenBMC Carrier Board w/ AST2600”

    The kit includes:
  • OpenBMC carrier board
  • PCOM-B657VGL kit (11th Gen Intel® Core™ Processor (codenamed Tiger Lake), up to 64GB DDR4 ECC/non-ECC memory, Heatsink)
  • BMC chip preloaded with OpenBMC
  • Power supply
  • OpenBMC Quick Start Guide
  • Optional accessory: BMC image programmer

  • Please contact robertf@portwell.com for details.

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