AMD Lays Out Server Strategy and Processor Roadmap

Paul Lilly

AMD is intent on recapturing the enterprise market.

Roadmaps have a way of leaking onto the web, so rather than fight the inevitable, AMD this week decided to publicly disclose its server strategy and related processor roadmap as it attempts to gain back market share in enterprise and data center server markets. The chip designer also disclosed details of its 2014 server portfolio, including "Warsaw," "Berlin," and "Seattle" parts due out next year.

"Our strategy is to differentiate ourselves by using our unique IP to build server processors that are particularly well matched to a target workload and thereby drive down the total cost of owning servers. This strategy unfolds across both the enterprise and data centers and includes leveraging our graphics processing capabilities and embracing both x86 and ARM instruction sets," said Andrew Feldman , general manager of the Server Business Unit, AMD. "AMD led the world in the transition to multicore processors and 64-bit computing, and we intend to do it again with our next-generation AMD Opteron families."

AMD's Seattle architecture will rank as the industry's only 64-bit ARM-based server System-on-Chip (SoC) "from a proven server processor supplier," the Sunnyvale chip designer said. It's an 8- and then 16-core CPU based on the ARM Cortex-A57 architecture and is expected to run faster than 2GHz. AMD plans to sample Seattle in the first quarter of 2014 with production to follow in the second half of the year.

Berlin is an x86 part that will be available both as a CPU and APU. It has four next-generation Steamroller cores and will offer nearly 8X the gigaflops per watt of AMD's current Opteron 6386SE processors. The chip will be available in the first half of 2014.

Finally, AMD talked a little about Warsaw, an enterprise server CPU designed to reduce the total cost of ownership for two-and four-socket servers. Like Berlin, Warsaw is expected to be available in the first half of 2014.

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