ARM datacentre processor from AMD

Eight 64-bit ARM cores on a chip is a big beast and AMD kicks off its ARM embedded computing offering in the second half of 2014 with exactly that.

ARM processor

ARM processor

AMD calls the chip Hierofalcon and it will have four to eight ARM Cortex-A57 cores running at up to 2GHz with TDP of 15W to 30W.

“Sometimes there’s a misconception that ARM means very low power and very low performance,” says Kamal Khouri, director of product management for AMD’s embedded division, ” but this is truly a high performance SOC taking advantage of ARM’s first 64-bit architecture.”

AMD will make the chip on a 28nm process.

Hierofalcon is primarily targeted at servers but AMD sees further application areas in military, aerospace and storage applications – “anywhere where high compute is required,” says Khouri.

As well as CPU cores, Hierofalcon also has 10Gbit Ethernet and PCI Express 3 on-board.

“Hierofalcon was architected with the data centre in mind,” explains Arun Iyengar, corporate v-p and general manager of AMD’s embedded group, “we have a server business unit for the data centre and we want to go after the storage element and the networking element.”

“We’ve been doing 64-bit for a decade,” adds Iyengar,” and the big value we are bringing to ARM is that we can do 64-bit very efficiently.”

As well as Hierofalcon, AMD is bringing out three x86-based 64-bit processors for the embedded market called Bald Eagle, Steppe Eagle and Adelaar.

Bald Eagle – for digital signage and gaming – uses up to four Steamroller cores; Steppe Eagle is the low power offering using the Jaguar core; Adelaar is for graphics.

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