AMD is unveiling is roadmap for next-generation processors for servers and embedded computing devices, and for the first time ARM-based chips are on the map.
In addition to next-generation x86 chips and discrete graphics chips for embedded devices, the company plans to start offering ARM-based chips in 2014.
AMD’s first ARM-based chips will be code-named “Hierofalcon,” and they’re 64-bit chips with up to 8 ARM Cortex-A57 processor cores and clock speeds as high as 2 GHz.
These chips are designed for servers and embedded devices rather than tablets, notebooks, or smartphones. Theoretically we could see ARM-based chips for consumer electronics from AMD in the future now that the company has started working with ARM technology. But there’s no word on if or when that’ll happen.
The Hierofalcon chips support two 64-bit DDR3/4 memory channels, 10 Gb Ethernet, and PCI Express, among other things. Samples are expected to go out in the second quarter of 2014, and mass production is scheduled to take place in the second half of the year.
Adreno is an anagram of Radeon
Except they dont have a mobile GPU, they sold that to Qualcom, Adreno was ATI/AMD mobile gpu division. They have to either licence it back or use ARM Mali.
hence why only doing servers, no high end GPU needed.
Or they could just start over.
They’re calling it a server. But with pci express and can’t it be used as a desktop?
That is so exciting to read!
They have examples from everyone else to learn from at this point so they are in an excellent position to one up…well, pretty much everybody if they play their cards right.
AMD could win huge by making the whole SOC open. This garbage with ARM being paired with closed source gpus on the SOCs is a real killer for widespread general deployment of arm. This mess is enough to make me want to root for intel on the mobile side.
i’d really like to see amd go head to head with nvidia in the arm SoC territory as well as the graphics market. their fusion desktop and laptop processors have been a huge success for them bringing the fusion platform to tablets and smartphones seems like a logical next step
Interesting change in strategy from AMD. Hope they will be better able to compete with Intel this way.
I am all for performant ARM server chips.
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