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AMD will sample its first ARM SoC this quarter

Opteron A1100 series chips have eight cores
Wed Jan 29 2014, 15:12
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CHIP DESIGNER AMD is preparing to sample its 64-bit ARM based server processors codenamed Seattle, which will be the company's first stab at a system on chip (SoC) design for data centre products.

Named the Opteron A1100 series, the SoC line is built on the same design as ARM Cortex A57 processors and has eight cores.

"AMD is collaborating with industry leaders to enable a robust 64-bit software ecosystem for ARM based designs from compilers and simulators to hypervisors, operating systems and application software, in order to address key workloads in web tier and storage data center environments," the firm said in an investor relations press release.

"The AMD Opteron A Series development platform will be supported by a broad set of tools and software including a standard UEFI boot and Linux environment based on the Fedora Project, a Red Hat sponsored, community driven Linux distribution."

The AMD Opteron A1100 series processors also support up to 4MB of shared L2 and 8MB of shared L3 cache and dual DDR3 or DDR4 memory channels with ECC running at up to 1,866Mtps.

Sample shipments of the silicon will begin with partners this quarter along with a development platform, AMD said.

AMD posted some rather impressive financial results for the fourth quarter of 2013, exceeding its estimates thanks to strong sales of AMD powered Sony and Microsoft games consoles.

AMD reported fourth quarter revenues of $1.59bn, up 28 percent year over year and up nine percent from the third quarter.

The firm's fourth quarter operating income was $121m, compared to $79m in the third quarter and $22m in the fourth quarter of 2012, which it claimed was due to increased revenue from semi-custom system on chip (SoC) sales for Sony's Playstation 4 (PS3) and Microsoft Xbox One games consoles. µ


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