Fact Sheet: AMD to Offer 64-bit ARM Processors
October 29, 2012
- AMD will transform data center computing by becoming the first company to offer both 64-bit ARM and x86 server processors, starting with the server market.
- Just as AMD introduced the industry’s first mainstream 64-bit x86 server solution with the AMD Opteron™ processor in 2003, AMD will be the only processor provider bridging the x86 and 64-bit ARM ecosystems to enable new levels of flexibility and drive optimal performance and power efficiency for a range of enterprise workloads.
- AMD is uniquely positioned based on deep 64-bit processor knowledge, years of server development experience, and industry-leading AMD SeaMicro Freedom™ supercompute fabric to offer the most flexible and complete processing solutions for the modern data center.
- AMD will integrate the AMD SeaMicro Freedom fabric across its leadership AMD Opteron x86- and ARM technology-based processors to enable hundreds or even thousands of processor clusters to be linked together to provide the most energy-efficient solutions.
- AMD’s first ARM-based server CPU is targeted for production in 2014.
- AMD remains committed to the x86 architecture.
- AMD will provide a compute ecosystem filled with choice, offering solutions based on AMD Opteron x86 processors, server-class APUs that leverage Heterogeneous Systems Architecture (HSA), and new 64-bit ARM-based solutions.
Why ARM, Why Now?
- AMD and ARM share a common vision of where the industry is going and the opportunities to disrupt the status quo. Our two companies have been working together for some time on what we are announcing today, and there is a lot more that we can do together.
- Cloud computing is the killer app, and the data center is the backbone of cloud services. Within the data center, dense computing is the fastest growing server segment and is increasingly dominated by small and highly parallelized workloads that are not ideal for traditional server architectures.
- This move clearly represents AMD’s commitment to the data center and the next phase of AMD’s strategy to provide the most flexible solutions for mega data centers.
Top Questions and Facts
Q: Will AMD exclusively offer ARM-based processors moving forward?
A: No. AMD remains committed to x86. We intend to continue to offer choice and offer customers the best architecture for their workloads.
Q: Will your ARM-based server CPUs be branded as AMD Opteron products?
Q: Will AMD increase its investment in software developers as part of its new server strategy?
A: Yes. AMD recognizes that adoption of ARM along with x86 and taking advantage of heterogeneous compute capabilities that utilize CPU, GPU, and hardware workload acceleration is even more of a software effort than it is a hardware effort.
Q: How long has AMD had an ARM 64-bit license?
A: AMD has been working with ARM for more than a year now on a variety of different projects.
Q: Why server first? Why not try to bring a client solution to market quickly to take advantage of Windows RT?
A: The dense and cloud server markets represent the most immediate growth opportunity for AMD to offer a differentiated solution based on our unique IP and experience. Large data center annual CAPEX spend is growing at 33.3 percent (Capital IQ), and AMD has unique IP and an ability to provide customers with disruptive technologies and choice in this space.
Q: Will you offer ARM-based CPUs for client as well?
A: We view ARM as a strategic partner and expect that our relationship will continue to grow over time. Today we are focused on the immediate opportunity for ARM in the server space where we believe AMD can provide a unique leadership solution.
Q: Are your current OEM partners supportive of this new server strategy?
A: Our intention to build ARM-based server processors is very much customer driven and our customers see the benefits in being able to offer their customers choice.
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