AMD to make ARM-based server processors
AMD will supply ARM-based processors for servers in 2014, says AMD CEO Rory Read. The ARM-based chips will be complementary to its x86-based server processors.
“We look to disrupt the industry,” says Read, “we look forward to drive the industry to where it needs to go.. We’re the first company to offer both 64-bit ARM and x86 server processors. Dense serving is the key to our long-term strategy and growth.”
ARM’s V8 64-bit processor is expected to be announced very soon. There is already a server being sold in the US on sale which uses ARM-based chips – Boston Viridis – which gets its chips from Calxeda.
AMD will put “hundreds or thousands” of ARM-based processors together using the ‘Freedom’ clustering technology acquired from SeaMicro which was bought earlier this year.
AMD did not rule out extending its use of ARM cores to other business areas.