AMD HAS FINALLY LAUNCHED the Seattle ARM server system on chip (SoC) under the new Opteron A1100 brand.
The firm revealed the first details about the SoC in June 2013 and has now launched it in collaboration with software and hardware partners to "accelerate time-to-deployment of ARM-based systems and drive forward ecosystem support for ARM in the data centre".
AMD's processor is said to be a step forward for customers looking for a data centre-class ARM solution.
"The macro trend of convergence between networking, storage and servers is an important catalyst in this evolution," said Scott Aylor, AMD's VP and GM of enterprise solutions.
"Customers now have access to 64-bit ARM processors from the only silicon provider that has decades of experience delivering professional enterprise and embedded products."
The Seattle chip is the firm's first 64-bit ARM processor based on the Cortex A57 architecture. AMD didn't reveal at what frequency the eight cores will run, but did say that there will be 4MB of shared Level 2 and 8MB of shared Level 3 cache as well as an integrated 10Gbps Ethernet controller and "extensive offload engines", such as encryption, to increase power efficiency.
It's been long time coming so a lot rides on Seattle as AMD is the only well-established server chip vendor developing ARM-based processors. The firm is putting a lot of effort into making Seattle competitive, not just through the ARM architecture but by integrating Seamicro's Freedom Fabric and connectivity for storage.
"The AMD Opteron A1100 processor brings a new choice in scalability across network infrastructure and data centres," said Lakshmi Mandyam, ARM's director of server systems and ecosystems.
"AMD brings recognised expertise in the server and embedded markets, making them an ideal partner to deliver a 64-bit ARM processor with the impressive balance of performance and power-efficiency to address an increasingly diverse set of workloads."
The Opteron A1100 SoC has been in advanced development for several quarters and is now available in mass production quantities. µ
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