Say hello to Seattle with AMD's Opteron A1100 ARM SoC

— 9:23 AM on January 14, 2016

AMD introduced the first official product born from its Seattle project this morning. The Opteron A1100 system-on-a-chip will have up to eight 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57 CPU cores sharing 4MB of L2 cache and 8MB of L3 cache. It can talk to DDR3 or DDR4 ECC RAM over two 64-bit channels. The chip also has two onboard 10Gbps Ethernet NICs, eight lanes of PCIe 3.0 connectivity, and 14 SATA 6Gbps ports.

This Opteron platform is already powering Softiron's Overdrive 3000 developer platform, and it'll also serve as the foundation for an upcoming series of Softiron software-defined storage products. AMD has also partnered with Silver Lining Systems to produce dense servers with A1100 SoCs inside. Those systems are targeted at streaming, Web, and storage applications in large-scale data centers.

On the software side, business-class Linux providers Red Hat and SUSE have both teamed up with AMD to ensure that Linux and its applications can run on ARM Opterons. Red Hat VP Ranga Rangachari says "AMD has been instrumental in the testing and porting of the world's leading enterprise Linux platform to 64-bit ARM architecture." AMD says Opteron A1100 SoCs are available in mass-production quantities starting today.

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