AMD sets date for ARM Opterons

* Updated. AMD said that Freedom Fabric is not yet supported.

AMD has revealed additional details about its upcoming server-class Opteron microprocessors code-named “Seattle” with ARMv8 micro-architecture.

The company said it will ship samples of the chips to software makers this quarter.

Suresh Gopalakrishnan, corporate vice president and general manager of the AMD server business unit told Xbit labs that the move could give AMD a foot in the door of the data centre market.

He said that the ARM-based AMD Opteron A-Series processor will brings the experience and technology portfolio of an established server processor vendor to the ARM ecosystem and provides the ideal complement to our established AMD Opteron x86 server processors. He said that, apparently without taking a breath.

AMD Opteron A1100 “Seattle” system-on-chips will be commercially available in the second half of 2014.

AMD this quarter will ship the software development kits to select software developers in the next few months.

Opteron A1100 System on a Chip will have eight ARM Cortex-A57 64-bit processing engines with up to 4MB shared L2 cache and 8MB shared L3 cache.

The system-on-chip has shedloads of offload engines including server caliber crypto and data compression co-processors. It also has a server-class dual-channel memory controller that can use up to 128GB of DDR3 or DDR4 ECC memory.

AMD Opteron A1100 SoC has eight PCI Express 3.0 lanes, two 10Gb/s Ethernet ports, Freedom fabric as well eight Serial ATA-3.0 ports. The chips will use AMD’s 28nm process technology.