AMD Appears Well-ARMed For Future Data Center Solutions

AMD said it will design 64-bit ARM technology-based processors in addition to its x86 processors for multiple markets, starting with cloud and data center servers. AMD’s first ARM-based processor will be a highly-integrated, 64-bit multicore System-on-a-Chip (SoC) opti-mized for the dense, energy-efficient servers populating the world’s largest data centers. The first ARM technology-based AMD Opteron processors are targeted for production in 2014 and will also integrate AMD’s SeaMicro Freedom super-compute fabric.

AMD’s new design initiative addresses the growing demand to deliver better performance-per-watt for dense cloud computing solutions. Just as the company introduced the indus-try’s first mainstream 64-bit x86 server solution with the Opteron processor in 2003, AMD is now the only processor provider bridging the x86 and 64-bit ARM ecosystems. According to the company, these new offerings will enable new levels of flexibility and drive opti-mal performance and power-efficiency for a range of enterprise workloads.

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