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AMD showcases Seattle A57 part

by on06 May 2014

Eight cores running Linux

AMD has made it clear that it plans to ship Seattle 28nm 64-bit ARM based processors later this year and it has now showcased the CPU running Fedora Linux.

The company shared a few more details including some numbers. The Seattle A-series ARM based APU has up to eight A57-based cores and up to 4MB shared L2 and 8 MB shared L3 memory. Servers love L2 and L3 memory and this is why you will find some much of it on this server part.

The platform supports up to 128GB memory per CPU and of course a multi CPU capability for Seattle is a must. The platform supports DDR3 and DDR4 memory with ECC and speeds of up to 1866MHz. Seattle is ARM SBSA (Server Base System Architecture) compatible which is a spec that is needed in the server world and since AMD has quite big presence in the server market, selling Seattle-based products should not be a problem. This is the first time in years that AMD can offer something that Intel cannot and this is a great advantage that AMD might leverage on.



Running Fedora project is also a bit deal as this is a Red Hat sponsored, community-driven Linux distribution that provides a familiar enterprise class operating environment to developers and IT administrators worldwide. It’s not hard to imagine that Seattle will support all mayor Linux distributions at launch, but AMD hasn’t said anything officially about that.

Our friends at Techreport have seen a live demo of Seattle based AMD Opteron A1100 Series processor running the entire LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP), which is something that you need from a modern webserver. AMD demonstrated a WordPress blog and serving a video and this is a big deal as some 60 million websites and blogs are powered by WordPress. (Sadly we’re not one of them. Ed)

Seattle is sampling and as AMD said many times it is on schedule to launch the latter half of the year, most likely in Q4 2014.

You can get a few more details on Tech Report.

Last modified on 06 May 2014
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