AMD unveiled its server processor roadmap this week and it included the company's first ARM-based server CPU, code-named "Seattle." The chip is a key element in AMD's strategy to compete against rival Intel and to put the company back on the road to growth and profitability.
"This will be a game-changing product for the industry," said Andrew Feldman, vice president and general manager of AMD's Server Business Unit. The Seattle processor, AMD said, will set a new standard in performance-per-watt as the industry's premier ARM server processor. The processor will come in eight-core and 16-core versions that run at 2 GHz or higher with 128 GB DRAM support.
The Seattle CPU is part of the broader 2014 server processor road map, which also includes a new x86 APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) and an x86 large-core processor. But the company will need a stronger channel presence with system builders and solution providers to get that technology to a wider customer base.