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AMD previews its 2014 server chip line up

Posted: 20 Jun 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Advanced Micro Devices? processors? data centres? 10G ethernet?

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) recently gave out a few details regarding its 2014 portfolio of processors for enterprise and data centre servers, previewing an Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) called Berlin and a line of two- and four-socket CPUs called Warsaw. The company also shed some light on Seattle, a 64bit ARM architecture server processor.

The latest announcement follows on from AMD announcing the general availability of its Opteron X-Series processors, formerly codenamedKyoto.

The 64bit Seattle processor based on Cortex-A57 cores comes in 8- followed by 16-core versions and is expected to run at clock frequencies of 2GHz or greater. It is expected to offer two to four times the performance of Kyoto and an improvement in compute-per-watt. AMD did not provide information about the process technology that would be used to implement the three processors.

Seattle will include 128Gb DRAM support, plus numerous off-load processing accelerators for encryption, compression and legacy networking including integrated 10G Ethernet, AMD said. AMD said it plans to sample "Seattle" in the first quarter of 2014 with production in the second half of the year.

Berlin will be the first server APU design based on AMD's Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA), which enables uniform memory access for the CPU and GPU. Designed to double the performance of the recently available Kyoto part in rack applications, Berlin will be based on the x86 core named "Steamroller." It is expected to be available in the first half of 2014.

Warsaw is AMD's next-generation offering for two- and four-socket enterprise servers. Warsaw will provide improved performance-per-watt over today's AMD Opteron 6300 family, AMD said. It is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2014.

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