ARM-based Opteron now available in $2,999 developer kit

Seattle, AMD's first ARM-based CPU, is now available in a developer kit. The kit is based on an Opteron A1100-series chip with quad Cortex-A57 cores. The 64-bit chip is nestled in a microATX motherboard loaded with dual DDR3 memory slots, multiple PCIe slots, and eight SATA connectors. A Fedora-based Linux distro is included, as well, along with support for Red Hat's ARM Partner Early Access Program.

"Software and hardware developers as well as early adopters in large datacenters" can apply for dev kits on AMD's site. They'll need deep pockets, though. The kit is priced at an eye-popping $2,999.

AMD revealed the Opteron A1100 Series in January and demoed working silicon in May. The chip will come in four- and eight-core flavors, and it has a configurable memory controller that supports DDR3 or DDR4 RAM. Other notable features include eight PCIe Gen3 lanes, dual 10-gigabit Ethernet ports, and clock speeds up to "at least" 2GHz. Finished products are expected to ship before the end of the year.

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