AMD Unveils Ambidextrous Computing Roadmap

Announ짯ces 64-bit ARM Core Archi짯tec짯tu짯re Licen짯se and Future K12 ARM-based Core; Pin-Com짯pa짯ti짯ble x86 and ARM Pro짯ces짯sors; Demons짯tra짯tes AMD Opte짯ron A멣eries 64-bit ARM Ser짯ver CPU Code짯na짯me 쏶eat짯tle

SAN FRANCISCO May 5, 2014 AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announ짯ced a road짯map of near- and mid-term com짯pu짯ting solu짯ti짯ons that harness the best cha짯rac짯te짯ristics of both the x86 and ARM짰 eco짯sys짯tems, cal짯led 쏿mbi짯dex짯trous com짯pu짯ting. The cor짯ner짯stone of this road짯map is the announce짯ment of AMD셲 64-bit ARM archi짯tec짯tu짯re licen짯se for the deve짯lo짯p짯ment of cus짯tom high-per짯for짯mance cores for high-growth mar짯kets. Today셲 announce짯ment also pro짯vi짯des a for짯ward-loo짯king glim짯pse into AMD셲 deve짯lo짯p짯ment plans to deli짯ver tru짯ly unmat짯ched ambi짯dex짯trous com짯pu짯ting and gra짯phics per짯for짯mance using a shared, fle짯xi짯ble infra짯struc짯tu짯re to enable its cus짯to짯mers to bla짯ze new paths of inno짯va짯ti짯on for the embedded, ser짯ver and cli짯ent mar짯kets as well as semi-cus짯tom solutions.

Befo짯re today, AMD was the only com짯pa짯ny in the world to deli짯ver high per짯for짯mance and low-power x86 with lea짯der짯ship gra짯phics. AMD now takes a bold step for짯ward and has beco짯me the only com짯pa짯ny that can pro짯vi짯de high-per짯for짯mance 64-bit ARM and x86 CPU cores pai짯red with world-class gra짯phics, said Rory Read, AMD pre짯si짯dent and CEO. 쏰ur inno짯va짯ti짯ve ambi짯dex짯trous design capa짯bi짯li짯ty, com짯bi짯ned with our port짯fo짯lio of IP and exper짯ti짯se with high-per짯for짯mance SoCs, means that AMD is set to deli짯ver ambi짯dex짯trous solu짯ti짯ons that enable our cus짯to짯mers to chan짯ge the world in more effi짯ci짯ent and powerful ways.

The mar짯ket for ARM- and x86-based pro짯ces짯sors is expec짯ted to grow to more than $85 bil짯li짯on by 2017[1]AMD is uni짯que짯ly posi짯tio짯ned as the only com짯pa짯ny deli짯ve짯ring dif짯fe짯ren짯tia짯ted solu짯ti짯ons capa짯ble of addres짯sing the breadth of this mar짯ket.  This is the first time a major pro짯ces짯sor pro짯vi짯der has crea짯ted the IP path to allow others to levera짯ge inno짯va짯ti짯on across both ARM and x86 ecosystems.

AMD셲 ambi짯dex짯trous com짯pu짯ting road짯map includes:

쨌         쏱ro짯ject Sky짯Bridge This design frame짯work, available start짯ing in 2015, will fea짯ture a new fami짯ly of 20 nano짯me짯ter APUs and SoCs that are expec짯ted to be the world셲 first pin-com짯pa짯ti짯ble ARM and x86 pro짯ces짯sors. The 64-bit ARM vari짯ant of 쏱ro짯ject Sky짯Bridge will be based on the ARM Cortex짰-A57 core and is AMD셲 first Hete짯ro짯ge짯neous Sys짯tem Archi짯tec짯tu짯re (HSA) plat짯form for Android; the x86 vari짯ant will fea짯ture next-gene짯ra짯ti짯on 쏱uma+ CPU cores. The 쏱ro짯ject Sky짯Bridge fami짯ly will fea짯ture full SoC inte짯gra짯ti짯on, AMD Gra짯phics Core Next tech짯no짯lo짯gy, HSA, and AMD Secu짯re Tech짯no짯lo짯gy via a dedi짯ca짯ted Plat짯form Secu짯ri짯ty Pro짯ces짯sor (PSP).

쨌         K12 A new high-per짯for짯mance, low-power ARM-based core that takes deep advan짯ta짯ge of AMDARM archi짯tec짯tu짯ral licen짯se, exten짯si짯ve 64-bit design exper짯ti짯se, and a core deve짯lo짯p짯ment team led by semi짯con짯duc짯tor archi짯tect Jim Kel짯ler.  The first pro짯ducts based on K12 are plan짯ned for intro짯duc짯tion in 2016.

At ARM we are dedi짯ca짯ted to working with part짯ners who revo짯lu짯tio짯ni짯ze and trans짯form expe짯ri짯en짯ces ever짯y짯whe짯re from sen짯sors to ser짯vers, said Simon Segars, CEO at ARM. AMD셲 mar짯ket reach and pro짯ven expe짯ri짯ence in lea짯ding indus짯try tran짯si짯ti짯ons to 64-bit com짯pu짯ting in cli짯ent and ser짯ver envi짯ron짯ments, com짯bi짯ned with ARM셲 low power exper짯ti짯se and ser짯ver base sys짯tem archi짯tec짯tu짯re (SBSA) stan짯dard, will deli짯ver new capa짯bi짯li짯ties and dri짯ve inno짯va짯ti짯on across mul짯ti짯ple high growth markets.

AMD today also publicly demons짯tra짯ted for the first time its 64-bit ARM-based AMD Opte짯ron꽓 A멣eries pro짯ces짯sor, code짯na짯med 쏶eat짯tle, run짯ning a Linux envi짯ron짯ment deri짯ved from the Fedo짯ra Pro짯ject.  The Fedo짯ra Pro짯ject is a Red Hat-spon짯so짯red, com짯mu짯ni짯ty-dri짯ven Linux dis짯tri짯bu짯ti짯on, pro짯vi짯ding a fami짯li짯ar, enter짯pri짯se class ope짯ra짯ting envi짯ron짯ment to deve짯lo짯pers and IT admi짯nis짯tra짯tors world짯wi짯de.  This Fedo짯ra Pro짯ject-based Linux envi짯ron짯ment enables com짯pa짯nies to tran짯si짯ti짯on to ARM-based ser짯vers wit짯hout the need to inte짯gra짯te enti짯re짯ly new tools and soft짯ware plat짯forms to their IT envi짯ron짯ments. This demons짯tra짯ti짯on repres짯ents a signi짯fi짯cant step for짯ward in expan짯ding the foot짯print of ultra-effi짯ci짯ent 64-bit ARM pro짯ces짯sers within the data center.

Today셲 news was dis짯c짯lo짯sed at a press con짯fe짯rence and web짯cast held at the Ritz-Carl짯ton in San Fran짯cis짯co.  A replay of the web짯cast will made available at appro짯xi짯m짯ate짯ly noon Eas짯tern tomor짯row at

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