AMD announces samples of its first ARM processor


Chip maker AMD has announced that it will start shipping samples of its first 64-bit ARM processors to partners, along with the requisite development tools. Expected to take place in March or April, this is understood to include samples of the new "Seattle" processor, and will include a motherboard and development software, reports Computerworld.

To date, the only large companies that are producing AMD-based server processors are AMD, IBM and Intel. According to Andrew Feldman, AMD corporate vice president and general manager in a virtual press conference early this week, "[The development tools] will allow you to begin exploring your software on a server-caliber ARM processor."

The development kits include Fedora ARM Linux equipped with what is commonly known as the LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP), as well as Java 7 and Java 8 programming languages. Standard Linux GNU tool chain is also included for developing and compiling new server applications.

AMD announced plans of its first ARM server chip mid-2013, and has said that it will ship its ARM server chips in the second half of 2014. The latest announcement is in line with the company's initial plans to sample them in early-2014. As we reported previously, AMD may well have the advantage in making servers with low power consumption due to the proprietary high speed data center fabric technology that it gained through its earlier acquisition of micro-server maker SeaMicro.

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