AMD reveals its first ARM-based processor

10 Sep 2013
Arun Iyengar introduces the new designs

AMD's new family of embedded processors includes a new design based on ARM's Cortex-A57 architecture

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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