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Despite struggling as of late against its larger competitor, AMD took a much anticipated step today in announcing the development of chips based on ARM’s forthcoming 64-bit v8 architecture for server applications. Through the combination of multiple 64-bit ARM cores and SeaMicro’s (the server company acquired by AMD earlier this year) Freedom fabric, AMD plans to offer server processors under the Opteron brand that will complement its x86-based products.

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Now this was alittle unexpected. But awesome.
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I hope they start making mainstream SoCs. I'd love to see one with GCN integrated.
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Despite struggling as of late against its larger competitor, AMD took a much anticipated step today in announcing the development of chips based on ARM’s forthcoming 64-bit v8 architecture for server applications. Through the combination of multiple 64-bit ARM cores and SeaMicro’s (the server company acquired by AMD earlier this year) Freedom fabric, AMD plans to offer server processors under the Opteron brand that will complement its x86-based products.

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Now this was alittle unexpected. But awesome.

A little bit, but not entirely.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2013133/amd-expected-to-unveil-arm-based-server-on-monday.html
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Awesome indeed. I've no idea how these processors will compete against Intel's products in compute-heavy applications, but I get the feeling that if the power envelope is small enough, clustering these things together for Web farms or scale-out NAS will be a seriously smart move.

It's starting to look like the age of the Transputer again: "many hands make light work". biggrin.gif
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Intel already has a very tight grip on the mainstream to high end desktop market so there's no point for AMD to keep developing chips for that (especially since they are still a ways in terms of performance/power-consumption ratio). ARM servers should help the low end market with keeping their websites up without breaking the bank (or electric bill). I think ARM will have the scalability to compete with Intel's x86 chips though I don't know how it's power consumption and performance would scale.

The next steps towards maximizing performance would be HSA and new ARM software.
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Good for them. Have a hard time caring about this stuff but if it helps AMD get back on their feet it sounds good to me.
    
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Good job ARM and AMD. Lets hope it will be very succesfull and they will expand their partnership. ARM wants into laptop and desktops as well.
 
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I'm hoping for 10Ghz ARM 12core APUs. biggrin.gif
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I wonder how well ARM scales up to high power CPUs. I also wonder how well a 130w ARM chip would do against a 130w x86 chip in the gaming and game server environments. If ARM outperforms x86 on that scale and with that workload we could have a real winner in the gaming space. If that happens then I would definitely go for an ARM chip.

Maybe AMD will finally be able to pose a threat to Intel, and in turn make them actually move processor tech along.
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