February 13, 2014
The WSJ: AMD Makes Good on ARM Chip Shift

Advanced Micro Devices since the early 1980s has doggedly stuck to the x86 chip architecture that IntelINTC +0.61% invented, which powered the original IBMIBM +0.89% PC and most that followed. On Tuesday, it made good on a pledge to back an additional horse in the computing race.

The Sunnyvale, Calif., company used a conference in Silicon Valley to unveil a chip for server systems that is based on technology licensed by ARM HoldingsARM.LN +1.35%, which has become the mainstay of smartphones and tablets. AMD is one of a number of companies planning to move such chips into servers, on the theory that their low cost and low power consumption can bring big economic benefits.

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February 13, 2014
AnandTech: It Begins: AMD Announces it's First ARM Based Server SoC, 64-bit/8-core Opteron A1100

Around 15 months ago, AMD announced that it would be building 64-bit ARM based SoCs for servers in 2014. Less than a month into 2014, AMD made good on its promise and officially announced the Opteron A1100: a 64-bit ARM Cortex A57 based SoC.

The Opteron A1100 features either 4 or 8 AMD Cortex A57 cores. There's only a single die mask so we're talking about harvested die to make up the quad-core configuration. My guess is over time we'll see that go away entirely, but since we're at very early stages of talking about the A1100 there's likely some hedging of bets going on. Each core will run at a frequency somewhere north of 2GHz. The SoC is built on a 28nm process at Global Foundries.

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February 13, 2014
cnet: AMD's first ARM processor is 8-core and 64-bit

Advanced Micro Devices is trying to make an impression with its first ARM processor.
And it may succeed. The AMD Opteron A1100 series -- targeted at servers -- can integrate 8 processor cores and will be one of the first ARM chips to be 64-bit.

AMD is tapping the Cortex-A57 processor design, the "highest performing processor," according to ARM.
Sample shipments of the silicon will begin this quarter along with a development platform, AMD said Tuesday.

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February 13, 2014
ars technica: AMD reveals its first ARM processor: 8-core Opteron A1100

AMD announced plans to build ARM server CPUs back in 2012. Today the company took a big step toward making those chips a reality, announcing that an 8-core ARM System-on-Chip would begin sampling in March.

Codenamed "Seattle," the processors will be branded Opteron A-series and built on a 28nm process. The first of these will be the A1100. This will have four or eight cores based on ARM's Cortex-A57 design. This is a high performance, 64-bit ARM core, and it will run at clock speeds of at least 2GHz. The chips will have up to 4MB of level 2 cache and 8MB of level 3 cache, with both caches shared across all the cores. They'll support dual-channel DDR3 or DDR4, with up to 128GB RAM. The chips will also include a bunch of connectivity: eight PCIe 3 lanes, eight SATA 3 ports, and two 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports. Rounding out the SoCs, they'll also include dedicated engines for cryptography and compression. The whole thing has an expected power usage of 25W.

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February 13, 2014
InfoWorld: AMD debuts first ARM processor

ARM's emerging challenge to the x86 architecture in the server space just picked up some serious momentum as AMD announced it will start shipping sample 64-bit ARM processors, along with associated development kits, to partners in the upcoming months.

"What we are talking about is the industry's only 64-bit ARM server from a proven server processor company," said Andrew Feldman, AMD corporate vice president and general manager, in a virtual press conference Monday announcing the pending chips.

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