A1100 ARM based Opteron processor launched by AMD.

A1100 ARM based Opteron processor

AMD launched A1100 ARM based Opteron  processor for Data Center. The codename for this series is “seattle”. It is different from their X86 CPU and Accelerated processing units. It is company’s first ARM based processor. AMD is accelerating deployment and ecosystem support for ARM in the data center with hardware and software partners.

ARM based SoC is finally out and I have written about this post back in August 2014. you can check it here.

Customers can have access to 64-bit ARM processors from the silicon provider that have experience in delivering embedded products from decades. “The AMD Opteron A1100 processor brings a new choice in scalability across network infrastructure and datacenters,” said Lakshmi Mandyam, director of server systems and ecosystems, ARM.

The AMD Opteron A1100 series is the first 64-bit ARM based processor. It is ARM Cortex-A57-based platform from AMD. ARM Cortex A57 processors is found in every smartphones. And we can see how the ARM cores in the smartphones are performing for connectivity. It provides high-speed network and storage connectivity and outstanding energy efficiency.

The AMD Opteron A1100 Series SoC delivers a balanced total cost of ownership for storage, Web and networking workloads.

AMD Opteron A1100 Series SoC specifications:
  • Up to eight ARM Cortex-A57 cores with 4MB shared Level 2 and 8MB of shared Level 3 cache
  • 2x 64-bit DDR3/DDR4 channels supporting up to 1866 MHz with ECC
  • 2x 10Gb Ethernet network connectivity
  • 8-lane PCI-Express Gen 3
  • 14 SATA-3 ports

The AMD Opteron A1100 SoC is powering enterprise-class systems from SoftIron. Upcoming software lineup will take a benefit from the rich set of features from the processor. The processor is not about the cores, but also if you need to move large amount of data.

Future Implementations:

AMD is also collaborating with Silver Lining Systems (SLS). Together, they are making dense server design featuring Opteron A1100 Series. It is targeted at streaming, Web and storage workloads for cloud and hyperscale datacenters. The SLS Fabric Interconnect incorporates a low-latency, energy-efficient 60Gbps switching fabric and is available as a PCI Express® expansion card or a standalone ASIC for custom server applications.

They have been working closely with Enterprise Linux® leaders Red Hat and SUSE on operating system and application support.

The AMD Opteron A1100 ARM based Opteron processor SoC has been in advanced development with technology partners and customers for several quarters and is available in mass production quantities today.

Source : AMD

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