AMD Opteron 64-bit ARM-based developer kits now available

AMD Opteron 64-bit ARM-based developer kits now available

Summary: Chipmaker AMD has announced that the AMD Opteron A1100-Series developer kit, which features AMD's first 64-bit ARM-based processor, codenamed "Seattle," are now available.

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Chipmaker AMD has announced that the AMD Opteron A1100-Series developer kit, which features AMD's first 64-bit ARM-based processor, codenamed "Seattle," are now available.

This makes AMD is the first company to offer a standard ARM Cortex-A57-based server platform for software developers and integrators.

The AMD Opteron A1100 Series processor supports:

  • 4 and 8 ARM Cortex-A57 cores
  • Up to 4 MB of shared L2 and 8 MB of shared L3 cache
  • Configurable dual DDR3 or DDR4 memory channels with ECC at up to 1866 MT/second
  • Up to 4 SODIMM, UDIMM or RDIMMs
  • 8 lanes of PCI-Express® Gen 3 I/O
  • 8 Serial ATA 3 ports
  • 2 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • ARM TrustZone technology for enhanced security
  • Crypto and data compression co-processors

The AMD Opteron A1100 development kit is packaged in a microATX form factor and includes:

  • An AMD Opteron A1100-Series processor with 4 cores
  • 2 Registered DIMM with 16 GB of DDR3 DRAM 
  • PCI Express  connectors configurable as a single x8 or dual x4 ports
  • 8 Serial-ATA connectors 
  • Compatibility with standard power supplies
  • Standard UEFI boot environment 
  • Linux environment based on Fedora technology from the Red Hat-sponsored Fedora community
  • Standard Linux GNU tool chain, including cross-development version
  • Platform device drivers 
  • Apache web server, MySQL database engine, and PHP scripting language for developing robust Web serving applications
  • Java 7 and Java 8 versions to enable developers to work in a 64-bit ARM environment

Complete developer kits are available for $2,999.

"The journey toward a more efficient infrastructure for large-scale datacenters is taking a major step forward today with broader availability of our AMD Opteron A1100-Series development kit," said Suresh Gopalakrishnan, general manager and vice president, Server business unit, AMD.  "After successfully sampling to major ecosystem partners such as firmware, OS, and tools providers, we are taking the next step in what will be a collaborative effort across the industry to reimagine the datacenter based on the open business model of ARM innovation."

Software and hardware developers as well as early adopters in large datacenters are eligible and can apply on AMD's website.

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  • Note to Natalie Gagliordi:

    THIS is an expensive dev kit.
    Joe_Raby
  • Now that these are available...

    can we please start talking about why Windows Server for ARM is not a thing (at least in gestation) yet?

    I mean, this thing is basically a regular server platform with just a different processor architecture. Form factor, expansion ports, and even firmware, are now all in line with standard x86 Windows-certified server hardware.

    A single article on the topic would be appreciated.
    Joe_Raby
  • W Server/Arm

    Not it is news on the part of MSFT, but Windows Server on ARM it could change many things in the firmament IT, MSFT should already be pronounced.
    luis river
    • Windows Server for ARM IS in the MSFT kitchen cooking!

      Does anyone honestly believe that Windows 8.x RT for ARM is being kept alive only for the sake of the Surface and other Tablets?
      It's providing a base to develop the required tools to build the server version sooner or later.
      WSkinny
  • Why is this news so low on the site??

    I read this magazine every day, and this article was posted yesterday, yet I did not see it yesterday on my usual quick browse and today I find it down on the third "view more" page.
    Not fair.
    WSkinny