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Sun Blade T6300 Server Module Product Description

This chapter provides an overview of the features of the Sun BladeTM T6300 server module. (A server module is also known as a "blade.")

The following topics are covered:

1.1 Component Overview

FIGURE 1-2 shows the main St. Paul components and some basic connections to the Sun Blade 6000 chassis. For information about connectivity to system fans, PCI ExpressModules, Ethernet modules, and other components, see the Sun Blade 6000 chassis documentation at:


FIGURE 1-1 Sun Blade T6300 Server Module With the Sun Blade 6000 Chassis

Figure showing the Sun Blade T6300 server module with the Sun Blade 6000 chassis.

FIGURE 1-5 shows the physical characteristics of the Sun Blade T6300 server module.

TABLE 1-1 lists the Sun Blade T6300 server module features. TABLE 1-2 lists the Sun Blade 6000 chassis features that support the Sun Blade T6300 server module.

FIGURE 1-2 Front and Rear Panels and Optional Cable Dongle

Figure shows the front panel and rear panel of the Sun Blade T6300 server module.[ D ]

FIGURE 1-3 Optional Dongle Cable Connecting to the Universal Connector Port

Figure shows cable dongle with USB connector, DB-9 serial connector, RJ45 console connector and VGA 15-pin connector which is not used on this server module.

TABLE 1-1 Sun Blade T6300 Server Module Features




One UltraSPARC® T1 multicore processor:

  • 1.0 GHz, six core
  • 1.2 GHz, eight core
  • 1.4 GHz, eight core


Eight DIMM slots for DDR-2 DIMMS:

  • 1 Gbyte (8 Gbyte maximum)
  • 2 Gbyte (16 Gbyte maximum)
  • 4 Gbyte (32 Gbyte maximum)

Internal hard drives

Up to four hot-pluggable 2.5-inch hard drives with RAID 0 and RAID 1 support

  • SFF SAS 73 Gbyte, 10k rpm
  • SFF SATA 80 Gbyte, 5.4k rpm
  • SFF SAS 146 Gbyte, 10k rpm

(Filler panels are inserted anywhere hard drives are not installed.)

Universal Connector Port

One universal connector port (UCB) in the front panel. A universal cable is included with the Sun Blade 6000 chassis. The cable is also available as an optional component and has the following connectors:

  • Two USB 2.0*
  • VGA video, 15-pin female (not functional on this server module)
  • RJ45 (virtual console) (Three wire interface, no hardware handshaking)
  • DB-9, male (TTYA posix serial port)


SPARC® V9 architecture, ECC protected

Platform group: sun4v

Platform name: SUNW, Sun-Blade-T6300

Minimum system firmware 6.3.6 or subsequent compatible release

Some USB 2.0 connectors are thick and may distort or damage the connector when you try to connect two USB 2.0 cables. You can use a USB hub to avoid this problem.Hardware handshaking signals are not transmitted through the RJ45 dongle connector, only transmit, receive, and ground signals are transmitted.
TABLE 1-2 Interfaces With the Sun Blade 6000 Chassis



Ethernet ports

Up to two Network Express Module (NEM) connections in the Sun Blade 6000 chassis: 10/100/1000 Mb autonegotiating (FIGURE 1-5)

PCI Express I/O

Two x8-lane ports connect to Sun Blade 6000 chassis midplane. Can support up to two PCI ExpressModules (PCI EM). (FIGURE 1-5)

Remote management

ALOM CMT management controller on the service processor. CLI maanagement (telnet, ssh) and N1 system manager support


Power is provided in the Sun Blade 6000 chassis


Environmental controls are provided by the Sun Blade 6000 chassis

For more information about Sun Blade 6000 chassis features and controls, refer to the Sun Blade 6000 Modular System Service Manual, 820-0051.

FIGURE 1-4 Field-Replaceable Units

Figure shows the server module, DIMMs, hard drives, backplane cables, service processor, and battery.

TABLE 1-3 Sun Blade T6300 Server Module FRU List



FRU Name[1]

Replacement Instructions

Service processor card

Controls the host power and monitors host system events (power and environmental). Socketed EEPROM stores system configuration, all Ethernet MAC addresses, and the host ID.


Section 4.3.4, Removing the Service Processor

Service processor battery

Lithium battery


Section 4.5, Removing the Battery on the Service Processor


1 Gbyte, 2 Gbyte, 4 Gbyte



Section 4.3.2, Removing the DIMMs

Cable kit

Two HDD signal cables and one HDD power cable


Section 4.4, Removing the Disk Backplane Cables

Hard drive

SFF SAS, or SATA 2.5-inch hard drive in NEMO bracket


Section 3.2.2, Removing a Hard Drive

Server Module

Chassis wtih CPU, hard disk backplane, and backplane cables


New server module

FIGURE 1-5 PCI Express and Ethernet Connections Between Sun Blade 6000 Chassis and Sun Blade T6300 Server Module

Figure shows the PEM and NEM module numbers.

1.1.1 Chip-Multithreaded (CMT) Multicore Processor and Memory Technology

The UltraSPARC® T1 multicore processor is the basis of the Sun Blade T6300 server module. The UltraSPARC® T1 multicore processor is based on chip-multithreading (CMT) technology that is optimized for highly threaded transactional processing. This processor improves throughput while using less power and dissipating less heat than conventional processor designs.

The processor has six or eight UltraSPARC cores. Each core equates to a 64-bit execution pipeline capable of running four threads. The result is that the 8-core processor handles up to 32 active threads concurrently.

Additional processor components, such as L1 cache, L2 cache, memory access crossbar, DDR-2 memory controllers, and a JBus I/O interface have been carefully tuned for optimal performance.

For more information about the UltraSPARC® T1 multicore processor, refer to the coolthreads white papers at:


1.1.2 Support for RAID Storage Configurations

In addition to software RAID configurations, you can set up hardware RAID 1 (mirroring) and hardware RAID 0 (striping) configurations for any pair of internal hard drives using the on-board controller, providing a high-performance solution for hard drive mirroring.

By attaching one or more external storage devices to the Sun Blade T6300 server module, you can use a redundant array of independent drives (RAID) to configure system drive storage in a variety of different RAID levels.

1.2 Finding the Serial Number

To obtain support for your system, you need the serial number. The serial number is located on a sticker on the front of the server module (FIGURE 1-6).

FIGURE 1-6 Serial Number and MAC Address Location

Figure shows the serial number stickers on the ejector lever and the EZ label on the top front edge of the server module.

You can also run the ALOM CMT showplatform command to obtain the chassis serial number.

sc> showplatform
SUNW, Sun-Blade-T6300
Chassis Serial Number: YB0079
Slot number 2
Domain Status
------ ------
S0 OS Standby

1.3 Additional Service Related Information

Documentation for the Sun Blade T6300 server module, and related hardware and software is listed in Accessing Sun Documentation.

The following resources are also available.


1 (TableFootnote) The FRU name is used in system messages.