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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.

To read the original ars technica article, click here.

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.

To read the original InfoWorld article, click here.

February 10, 2014
Forbes: AMD's Kaveri APU With Radeon R7 Graphics Targets Mainstream, Power-Efficient Computing

AMD officially launched their next generation Kaveri processor today, finally realizing a long term vision of the company to fully integrate CPU and GPU resources on a single, monolithic chip architecture with a shared memory resource. Kaveri marks a number of firsts for AMD, though they’ve released many integrated APUs (Application Processing Unit) in the past.  For starters, Kaveri is the first APU from AMD to incorporate the company’s GCN  (Graphics Core Next) architecture that is found in their “Hawaii” series of GPUs for desktop gaming (Radeon R9 290 series).

To read the original Forbes article, click here.

February 10, 2014
PCWorld: AMD ships Kaveri, seeks apps partners for even more improvements

Advanced Micro Devices officially began shipping its Kaveri chip architecture on Tuesday, claiming better price and performance than the Intel Core i5 chips released in the middle of 2013. And if you use AMD’s optimized APIs, company executives said, then they’ll do even better.

To read the original PCWorld article, click here.

February 10, 2014
SemiAccurate: A technical look at AMD’s Kaveri architecture

At long last, the saga of AMD’s Kaveri CPU has come to a conclusion with the release of the first chips in the family. Lets take a look at the details we have about the new device, what it does, and how it is different.

AMD held a tech day before CES to explain a bit about the chip but the actual tech part was woefully lacking. Apologies in advance for the huge gaps in the story, there was literally no time to get answers to the long list of questions we had about Kaveri. That said what we do know looks fairly interesting but it is more nuance than overt architectural changes. Fortunately those little changes can mean a lot, especially once software takes advantage of the changes.

To read the original SemiAccurate article, click here.

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