AMD launching new 64-bit ARM chip for data centers

AMD revealed the Opteron A1100 SoC has already gone through advanced development stages with select customers for several quarters.

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AMD is bolstering its chip portfolio with a new ARM processor designed for data center needs across developing server and embedded networking markets.

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Previously code named "Seattle," the generically-named A1100 System-on-Chip (SoC) falls within the Opteron processor family dedicated to networking, servers and storage.

AMD boasted that the A1100 is its first 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57-based platform as its makers prepare the chip for software-defined networking and storage functions as well as Web and networking workloads.

To meet high-speed network demand needs, AMD highlighted the implementation of up to eight ARM Cortex-A57 processors, dual 64-bit DDR3/DDR4 channels, dual 10Gb Ethernet network connectivity options and 14 SATA-3 ports, among other specs.

AMD revealed the Opteron A1100 SoC has already gone through advanced development stages with select customers for several quarters.

Among some of the collaborations already underway include open software development involving Red Hat and SUSE and a partnership with storage and compute company Silver Lining Systems to integrate SLS fabric with the chip for handling workloads directed toward cloud and hyperscale data centers.

Nevertheless, the A1100 SoC is available in mass production quantities, starting today.

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