AMD presents first ARM-based server processor

AMD provides first samples of the ARM-based server processor Seattle customers and partners. In addition, a developer kit is available including an Opteron A1100 processor and a motherboard. By 2019, the market share of ARM server processors should be 25 percent.

The first ARM-based server chip was presented by AMD at the Open Compute Summit . The structure width of the AMD Opteron A110 series (codenamed Seattle) is 28 nanometers. The company is now providing first samples for partners and customers. It also provides a developer kit.

Andrew Feldman, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of AMD's server division, said in his keynote address that the company wanted to become the market leader for server ARM CPUs. In addition, Seattle heralds a new era of data management. "This is not a process that is completed after a generation. There will be one generation after another and each one will be better and more closely connected to the associated software and hardware. "

The AMD Opteron A1100 processors are populated with four or eight cores based on ARM's 64-bit Cortex A57 core. The developer kit has equipped AMD with a Micro ATX motherboard and an A-1100 processor. The motherboard has four memory slots and can be equipped with up to 128 GB of DDR3 RAM. It also has PCI Express ports that can be configured as single x8 or dual x4 slots. Furthermore, it has eight SATA ports.

AMD also wants to make the new AMD Open CS 1.0 Common Slot design available to the Open Compute Project , which supports open hardware concepts. The design is intended for the Opteron A processors and compatible with the new common-slot specifications that system integrators can now work with.

AMD's Opteron A-Series development platform also includes several tools and applications, including a standard UEFI boot environment and a Linux environment based on the Fedora project . The Linux environment supports Apache Web Server, the PHP scripting language, the MySQL database engine, and Java 7 and 8, so developers can work in the 64-bit ARM environment.

According to Feldman, ARM CPUs will play a crucial role in future data centers. Their share of the server market could reach 25 percent by 2019. "In the history of computers, smaller and cheaper CPUs have always won." Companies can significantly reduce energy costs with ARM servers. The small specialist Boston, for example, has powered an ARM server with a bicycle as a showcase .