Monday, October 29, 2012

AMD to build 64 bit ARM server processors

AMD has revealed that it is teaming up with ARM to develop processors for the server market.

This from ZDNet:

"AMD will transform the computing data center environment today," said AMD CEO and president Rory Read during a press conference on Monday afternoon, asserting that AMD will be the first company to offer both 64-bit ARM and x86 server processors.

Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager of global business units at AMD, remarked that data centers are being inundated with mass amounts of data, suggesting that there has to be a way to solve this problem more efficiently.

Su described that the last five years have exploded with mobile devices and new business models, which have translated into a tremendous amount of strain and heavy workloads, which are changing at unprecedented rates.

She cited a statistic asserting that global data center IP traffic will grow by more than 30 percent on a compounded annual growth rate, or 6.6 zettabytes, within five years.

"The data center is where we think the growth will be and where the innovation will be," Su said, arguing that ARM technology-based CPUs can revolutionize the data center by providing disruptive compute per dollar and compute per watt rates.

"We're going to open up the next level of computing with ARM 64, transforming the server area into a whole new opportunity," Read also commented, adding that includes differentiated IP across "an ambidextrous architecture."

interesting development from AMD, wonder if this will filter down to the desktop market

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