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ARM’s 64-bit ‘Seattle’ server SoCs on track for a fourth quarter launch

AMD’s CEO Rory Read confirms chips are shipping in Q4 during a recent earnings call.


Less than a week after AMD passed the technological milestone of demonstrating its APU-based Opteron chip “Berlin” running HSA-code, AMD announced that its ARM-based Opteron chips, codenamed “Seattle”,  will be launching in the fourth quarter of 2014.

“We’ve reached a significant milestone in our ambidextrous strategy,” said CEO Rory Read during an earnings call on Thursday. “We have introduced Seattle, our first 64-bit ARM server processor and the industry’s first at 28nm technology, positioning AMD as the only SoC provider to bridge the x86 and ARM ecosystems for server applications.”

AMD’s Opteron A1150 is based on a 64-bit ARM Cortex A-57 core and comes with either four or eight cores, 4MB of L2 cache and up to 8MB of L3 cache, eight PCI-Express Gen 3 lanes, two 10 GB/s Ethernet, and eight SATA 3 ports. . AMD says the chip will come with memory controllers that support both DDR3 and DDR4, the next-generation RAM standard that will be phased in over the next two years.

“We’re catching it just as the wave is forming,” Read said during the call. “This is going to be an important market over the next three, five, 10 years.”


Lisa Su was also on the call and talked up the interest many customers had in Seattle, but couldn’t put a figure on the potential revenue it would bring the company.

“Relative to revenue, it’s probably too early to tell what’s going to happen in 2015. but I’d say the interest in the platform is quite high,” she said. “I think the important thing for us and what we’re working with the customers on is platform development and software development and ensuring that we get some of the ecosystem there.”

While AMD plans to have Seattle power future SeaMicro servers, SeaMicro servers running on the chip won’t be immediately available when the chip first launches and Su wouldn’t specify an exact date when they’d be available.

“One of the advantages of having a systems business is that we can do co-development between our chip development and our systems development. So it will be quite important for us to have Seattle in SeaMicro systems,” she said. “The Q4 statement though was a chip statement.”

More details on Seattle will be available closer to its launch.

Source: AMD

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