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AMD reveals its first ARM-based processor

Arun Iyengar introduces the new designs

By Darien Graham-Smith in San Francisco

Posted on 10 Sep 2013 at 00:39

AMD has announced a new generation of processor designs for embedded systems – including the company’s first ARM-based product.

At a press conference in San Francisco, Arun Iyengar, director of the company’s Embedded Solutions Group, introduced the new low-power “Hierofalcon” system-on-a-chip, due to arrive in mid-2014.

The design is based on ARM’s Cortex-A57 architecture, with either eight or sixteen cores, and will be manufactured on a 28nm process

The design is based on ARM’s Cortex-A57 architecture, with either eight or sixteen cores, and will be manufactured on a 28nm process. With a focus on datacentre and communications applications, the SoC will compete with Intel's new series of x86 microserver chips, codenamed Avoton.

AMD's new embedded line-up also includes two conventional x86-based processors with on-die graphics, due for introduction in early 2014. The new Steppe Eagle SoC is the continuation of AMD’s low-power G-Series of APUs, while Bald Eagle builds on the high-performance R-Series.

More imminently, the company plans to introduce a new standalone GPU for embedded applications, codenamed Adelaar, at the end of this year. The design includes 2GB of onboard GDDR5 and will be offered as multi-chip module or as a PCI-E expansion board.

Iyengar reaffirmed AMD’s commitment to deriving 50% of its revenue from “non-PC” markets by around 2015, but stressed that the embedded market would be only one part of this. “It includes things such as the dense server, it includes embedded and it also includes new form factors,” he noted.

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SoCs

SoC's have never looked so exciting...hi CPU and GPU raw power in low energy ultra compact format.

Be interesting to see how these blossom in the coming years. Stuxnet in your Fridge anyone?

By Gindylow on 12 Sep 2013

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