Although AMD has maintained contact with ARM for a while, what has transpired in the last few hours has taken some by surprise. While in Sunnyvale redirect seek sources of revenue to other markets to not depend so much on the desktop, AMD has confirmed its intention to develop 64-bit SoCs based on the ARM architecture , the server market oriented. This makes the new chips belong to the Opteron family , and although we have to wait until 2014 to study them more closely, it is still a risky maneuver on what is still relatively unexplored market as the microservers .
An administration assigned to a data center is interested in reducing energy costs. It is no coincidence that the big industry players explore different methods to generate their own energy and reduce consumption of that which comes from outside sources. And one of the answers to a considerable reduction in consumption that comes, oddly enough, through technology originally designed for netbooks and other mobile devices.You’ve probably found some examples of Atom processor-based server. It is estimated that so-called ” microservers “absorb about ten percent of the server market by 2015, and apparently AMD plans to take a dominant position there, with nothing less than its own Opteron processors based on the ARM architecture .
The first thing you must do AMD after the notice is to confirm that both will continue to manufacture x86 processors for general consumption for servers. The adventure of AMD with ARM goes back to last year, but his first signs were manifested after the interest of AMD to integrate TrustZone security extensions to the APU will launch next year. This process has a very close relationship with the acquisition of server maker SeaMicro in late February, in previous years produced hardware servers with Intel (and still does, so in a way, AMD sells servers with Intel chips) . The first chips with ARM Opteron will be released beginning in 2014. also need to mention the doubts generated by this move. For one, AMD kept its chip x86 servers, which in some ways can “compete” with this new development, and damage on both fronts. There are also uncertainties about how strong will the entry of ARM server market. It is true that everyone is tempted with decent performance and lower power consumption, but their implementation is not so simple.2014 is shaping up to be a very important year for AMD . Not only looking for a strong position in the market for microservers , but also plans to have a fully heterogeneous architecture among its APU.