ARM 64-bit developer kit on the way from AMD

Posted on 2014/08/02

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The news: AMD Announces the Availability of 64-bit ARM Opteron Developer Kits

It sure sounds cool: 4 or 8 cores, 16GB of DDR3 RAM, PCI-Express 3, SATA 3, 10Gb Ethernet, microATX form factor and full Linux distribution (Red Hat) already running on it.
I feel a little disappointed about a couple of things:

  • I didn’t find an official photo or video about the platform; there’s this one but it looks like a stock image of something else, while this one seems the real deal, but it’s not detailed enough.
  • Not even one USB? well we can always add it via PCI-E, but it’s a developer’s board, not something you put in a production environment.
  • The price is $3000. I get that it’s not for everyone. I just feel it’s a pity.

Anyway the Opteron-A1100 tells me that more ARM products are getting closer, such as efficient personal servers or workstations.
Also, it hints to the possibility of 64-bit ARM System-on-Chip with integrated AMD (was ATI) graphic processor, basically a Tegra competitor, that can be the heart of tablets, laptops and big smartphones.

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