Advanced Micro Devices widely known as AMD will ship its delayed “Seattle” chips in UK based SoftIron Servers. With this move, AMD hopes to take on data center market with its ARM architecture.
In June 2013, the firm revealed the first details about the SoC (server system on chip) and said that it was working in collaboration with software and hardware partners to accelerate time to deploy ARM based systems.
AMD planned to ship its Seattle chips in mid 2015. But due to lack of supportive software and slow adoption of ARM servers made the company delay its move.
Now, the Sunnyvale based company says that its Seattle will get support from Linux based operating systems, middleware and KVM and XEN Hypervisors.
AMD disclosed to the world yesterday that its Opteron A1100 smartly called as Seattle will feature in the “Overdrive” servers of SoftIron. AMD is also working with Beaconworks on a storage system loaded with Seattle and Foxconn backed Caswell on a network function virtualization system.
AMD Opteron 64 bit A1100 ARM processors are based on Cortex A57 architecture and are eligible to power web servers, networking appliances and storage arrays.
As per the available details with us, Opteron A1170 server chips will run with a clock speed of 2.0 GHz while the A1150 will have clock speed of 1.7 GHz. Both the chips will draw 32 watts of power and have a 4MB of L2 cache and 8MB of L3 cache respectively.
Both the chips will support DDR3 and DDR4 memory and will have eight PCl- Express Gen3 lanes, two 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports and 14 SATA 3 storage ports. They will also have a co-processor which will handle authentication and encryption.
The Opteron A1100 server processors will be priced in the range of $150 USD and will deliver performance equivalent to Intel’s Atom server chip.