AMD unveils 64-bit ARM-based dev kit

64-bit ARM cores an industry first in AMD Dev kit.

SUNNYVALE, CA. AMD has released the AMD Opteron A1100-Series Developers kit based on the company’s first 64-bit ARM-based processor, the quad-core AMD Opteron A1100-Series processor (formerly codenamed Seattle). The kit is the first standard server platform based on ARM Cortex-A57 cores, and equips software engineers with complete ARMv8 instruction set support for the development of hosting, storage, and Web applications.

The AMD Opteron A1100 development kit comes in a microATX form factor and includes two 16 GB DDR3 DRAM DIMMs; a configurable one x8 or two x4 PCI Express connector; 8 SATA connectors; a Fedora-based Linux environment and standard Linux GNU toolchain; Apache web server, MySQL engine, and PHP scripting language; Java 7 and 8 for work in the 64-bit environment; as well as device drivers and a UEFI boot environment. The processor itself is equipped with two 10 GbE ports, ARM TrustZone technology for enhanced security, and crypto and data compression co-processors to handle demanding server workloads.

"The journey toward a more efficient infrastructure for large-scale datacenters is taking a major step forward today with broader availability of our AMD Opteron A1100-Series development kit," says Suresh Gopalakrishnan, Vice President and General Manager, Servers, AMD. "After successfully sampling to major ecosystem partners such as firmware, OS, and tools providers, we are taking the next step in what will be a collaborative effort across the industry to re-imagine the datacenter based on the open business model of ARM innovation."

AMD is accepting applications for the Opteron A1100 Series 64-bit ARM Developers kit, which is also includes access to the RedHat ARM Partner Early Access Program for datacenter developers. For more information, visit