AMD Announces Availability of their $3,000 Opteron A1100-Series 64-bit ARM Development Kit

AMD Opteron A1100 Server SoCs, codenamed “Seattle”, come with four to eight ARM Cortex A57 cores, and earlier this year, the company unveiled both the processors and a development kit. You can now apply for “AMD Opteron A1100 Series 64-bit ARM developers kit”, and if you’re selected, you’ll “just” need to pay $2,999 to receive the board and related tools. The kit targets software and hardware developers, as well as early adopters in large datacenters.

AMD_Opteron_A1110_Development_BoardAMD Opteron A1100 Board hardware specifications:

  • SoC – ARM Opeteron A1000 with 4 ARM Cortex-A57 cores
  • System Memory – 2x Registered DIMM with 16 GB of DDR3 DRAM (upgradeable to 128GB)
  • Storage – 8 Serial-ATA connectors
  • Connectivity – Not mentioned, but there seems to be an RJ45 port on the pic, and another SFP cage, both probably 10 Gbit Ethernet since it’s the speed supported by Opteron A1100.
  • Expansion slots – PCI Express connectors configurable as a single x8 or dual x4 ports
  • Dimensions – Micro ATX form factor (244 × 244 mm)
  • Power – Compatibility with standard power supplies

The kit also includes a standard UEFI boot environment, a Linux environment based on “Fedora technology from the Red Hat-sponsored Fedora community”, a standard Linux GNU (cross and native) toolchains, device drivers, apache web server, MySQL database engine, and PHP scripting language for developing robust Web serving applications, and Java 7 & 8.

Thanks to Peter, via AMD.

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8 Replies to “AMD Announces Availability of their $3,000 Opteron A1100-Series 64-bit ARM Development Kit”

  1. Wow, that’s expensive! Is the high price in place because AMD only has only a few board available?
    And who’s going to *buy* this? As I can imagine Canonical/Ubuntu will get them for free from AMD.

  2. It’s a prototype development board so it’s pricey. Anyway, I’m looking forward to real AMD/ARM64 boards made by Tyan/Supermicro. That should definitely be cheaper around the Intel Xeon level I hope…

  3. @Sander
    It’s just for companies that plan to develop software or hardware based on AMD ARM Opteron, and those who want to evaluate the platform in their datacenter.

    ARM64 boards now probably all run in the several thousand dollars, including Juno.
    Hardware affordable to individuals (several hundred dollars) will probably launch early next year, starting with Qualcomm/Mediatek phones, and maybe AllWinner tablets.

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