Server CPU will be the first in a category predicted to occupy 25 per cent of the market by 2019

AMD announces first eight-core ARM processor

AMD has revealed its first ARM processor, the eight-core Opteron A1100.

Designed for servers running at high performance with low power consumption, the 28nm 64-bit System-on-a Chip (SoC) will be based on ARM’s Cortex-A57 chipset design.

Aquad-core version will also be available, with other specs including speeds of 2GHz and upwards, up to 4MB or 8MB of level 2 or level 3 cache respectively, support for up to 128GB of dual channel DDR3 or DDR4 RAM and PCIe 3, SATA III and 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity. Power usage is expected to sit at around 25W.

The processors, codenamed ‘Seattle’, are to be the first in a dedicated line of ARM CPUs. AMD has previously estimated that 25 per cent of the market will consist of ARM processors by 2019.

The AMD Opteron A-series eight-core ARM processors will begin sampling in March of this year. A mATX developer kit is also expected to be released for use with the processors.

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