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ARM-based developer kit takes on large-scale data centres

Posted: 31 Jul 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Opteron? developer kit? A1100-Series?

The Opteron A1100-Series developer kit from AMD features the company's first 64bit ARM-based processor, codenamed 'Seattle.'

AMD is the first company to provide a standard ARM Cortex-A57-based server platform for software developers and integrators. Software and hardware developers as well as early adopters in large data centres are eligible and can apply on AMD's website.

"The journey towards a more efficient infrastructure for large-scale data centres is taking a major step forward today with broader availability of our AMD Opteron A1100-Series development kit," said Suresh Gopalakrishnan, general manager and vice president, Server business unit, AMD. "After successfully sampling to major ecosystem partners such as firmware, OS, and tools providers, we are taking the next step in what will be a collaborative effort across the industry to reimagine the data centre based on the open business model of ARM innovation."

With this announcement, AMD becomes the only provider of 64bit ARM server hardware with complete ARMv8 instruction set support to foster the development of the ecosystem for efficient storage, Web applications, and hosting.

The AMD Opteron A1100 Series processor supports four and eight ARM Cortex-A57 cores; up to 4MB of shared L2 and 8MB of shared L3 cache; configurable dual DDR3 or DDR4 memory channels with ECC at up to 1,866MT/s; and up to four SODIMM, UDIMM, or RDIMMs. It also boasts of eight lanes of PCI Express Gen 3 I/O, eight Serial ATA 3 ports, two 10G Ethernet ports, ARM TrustZone technology for enhanced security, and crypto and data compression co-processors.

The AMD Opteron A1100 development kit is packaged in a microATX form factor and includes an AMD Opteron A1100-Series processor with four cores, two registered DIMM with 16GB of DDR3 DRAM, PCI Express connectors configurable as a single x8 or dual x4 ports, eight serial-ATA connectors, and compatibility with standard power supplies.

Complete developer kits are available for $2,999.

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