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AMD Unveils Opteron 64-Bit ARM-Based Developer Kits

AMD has launched the Opteron A1100-Series developer kit that features a 64-bit ARM-based processor. Interested hardware, software developers and large datacenters are eligible to apply. The kit is available for $2,999, a company press release states.

The Opteron A1100 Series processor supports 4 and 8 ARM Cortex-A57 cores, up to 4MB of shared L2 and 8MB of shared L3 cache, configurable dual DDR3 or DDR4 memory channels, up to eight lanes of PCI-Express Gen 3 I/O as well as crypto and data compression co-processors. It also has ARM TrustZone technology for enhanced security.

The development kit is packaged in a microATX form factor and includes:

  • Opteron A1100-Series processor with four cores
  • two registered DIMM with 16GB of DDR3 DRAM
  • PCI Express connectors configurable as one x8 or two x4 ports
  • eight Serial-ATA connectors
  • Compatibility with standard power supplies
  • Standard Linux GNU tool chain, including cross-development version
  • Platform device drivers
  • Standard  UEFI boot environment

“The journey toward a more efficient infrastructure for large-scale datacenters is taking a major step forward today with broader availability of our AMD Opteron A1100-Series development kit,” said Suresh Gopalakrishnan, general manager and vice president, Server Business unit, AMD. “After successfully sampling to major ecosystem partners such as firmware, OS and tools providers, we are taking the next step in what will be a collaborative effort across the industry to reimagine the datacenter based on the open business model of ARM innovation.”

For more information, visit AMD.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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