AMD Unveils Details of First AMD-Based Server SoCs
“Seattle” will offer up to 16 ARM Cortex-A57 cores and significant improvements in performance and energy efficiency, AMD officials say.Advanced Micro Devices officials are laying out a server chip road map that includes the company's first ARM-based processor named "Seattle" that will begin appearing in the second half of 2014. Seattle is part of a larger effort by AMD to build Opteron server processors that meet the demands for greater system performance and energy efficiency from organizations that are building cloud environments and dealing with such trends as big data and mobility. AMD officials on June 18 unveiled upcoming x86-based server chips—dubbed "Berlin" and "Warsaw"—that will aim for greater rack density and the two- and four-socket server sets, respectively. But it's Seattle that will get a lot of the attention. ARM designs chips and then licenses those designs to a wide range of vendors, from Samsung and Qualcomm to Nvidia and Texas Instruments. ARM-designed systems-on-a-chip (SoCs) dominate the mobile device space, including smartphones and tablets, but officials now believe their low-power designs could fit well in some hyperscale servers that demand greater energy efficiency.
AMD officials last year said the company would begin manufacturing ARM-based server SoCs starting in 2014, part of the company's ambidextrous strategy of offering customers chips based on whatever architecture they demand. In a recent interview with eWEEK, Andrew Feldman, corporate vice president and general manager of AMD's Server Business Unit, said that ARM will begin seeing tremendous traction in the server space, holding as much as 20 percent of the server chip space by 2016.