CHIP DESIGNER AMD has announced the details of its quad-core Kyoto server chips that will go up against Intel's Atom chips.
AMD's Kyoto chips will be branded as the Opteron X series and pitched at the rapidly growing microserver market. According to AMD, its latest Opteron x86 chips not only sport the same Jaguar x86 microarchitecture found in the chips powering Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PS4 consoles, but support more RAM and have a full-fledged Radeon HD 8000 branded GPU that supports OpenCL compute.
While AMD's Kyoto has been talked about for some time, it was only when HP announced its Moonshot server two months ago that the part moved from something on paper to a chip that will end up in an actual server. AMD has now lifted the lid on a few more specifics including the initial two SKUs.
AMD will brand Kyoto as the Opteron X1150 and Opteron X2150, with the latter having a full Radeon HD 8000 series 128 core GPU on board based on the firm's Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture. Both of the firm's chips will be quad-core units with 2MB of Level 2 cache, supporting up to 32GB of ECC DDR memory.
AMD said that its Opteron X1150 chip will consume as low as 9W, while its Opteron X2150, which the firm labels as an accelerated processing unit courtesy of its GCN based GPU will go as low as 11W. The firm said both chips will use BGA packaging.
AMD made no bones about comparing its X series chips to Intel's Atom S1200 chip, more commonly known as Centerton. Andrew Feldman, corporate VP and GM of AMD's server business said the chip will also be competitive against Intel's upcoming Avoton Atom processors, but unlike Avoton Feldman stressed that Kyoto chips will be shipping almost immediately.
AMD's Opteron X series chips are hugely important for the firm as microservers are expected to take somewhere between 15 to 20 percent of the total server market in the next five years. While AMD has announced that it is working on an ARM based chip for the microserver market, Feldman was bullish about the need for an x86 part, saying that there will be a need for this product for the foreseeable future. µ