AMD “Hierofalcon” Octa-core ARM Cortex A57 Embedded Processors to Ship in H1 2015

AMD started using the ARM license(s) by embedding ARM Cortex A5 cores into some of their x86 processors to add TrustZone security, followed up with Opteron A1100 ARM Cortex A57 processors for servers, and now they’ll soon ship AMD Embedded R-Series SoCs featuring up to 8 Cortex A57 processors. The processors, codenamed “Hierofalcon”, target embedded data center applications, communications infrastructure, and industrial solutions.

AMD R-Series "Hierofalcon" SoC Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)
AMD R-Series “Hierofalcon” SoC Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

AMD Embedded R-Series SoC will have the following key features:

  • Up to 8 ARM Cortex A57 cores with 4MB L2 cache (total)
  • Cache Coherent Network with 8MB L3 cache
  • Memory – 2x 64-bit DD3/4 channels with ECC up to 1866MHz; up to 128GB per CPU
  • I/Os:
    • Two 10GbE KR
    • 8x SATA 3 (6Gb/s) ports
    • 8 lanes PCIe Gen 3 (1×8, 2×4 or  1×4+2×2 configurations)
    • SPI, UART, I2C interfaces
  • System Control Processor – ARM Cortex A5 for TrustZone technology and 1Gb Ethernet port for system management
  • Crypto co-processor
  • Freedon Fabric
  • Manfacturing Process – 28 nm
  • Package – 27 x 27 mm SP1 BGA

The SoC is probably mostly targeting headless applications since there’s no embedded GPU, but you could still probably add a graphics card via PCIe if needed.

Hierofalcon SoCs are not exactly new since they were reported last year, but AMD Annual Report 2014 sheds some light to when solutions will be available:

In October 2014, we began sampling our first 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57-based AMD Embedded R-Series SoC, codenamed “Hierofalcon.” The AMD Embedded R-Series SoC platform is designed for embedded data center applications, communications infrastructure and industrial solutions and is expected to ship in the first half of 2015.

Via WCCFTech

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4MB L2 and 8MB L3 cache
nice

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@webadmin. You should turn on lightbox addon for pictures 🙂

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Same die as Seattle, just a tad more embedded version, but of course all you do is stick an Radeon on it, and there is pretty much the most FLOSS-like ARM system.

Hopefully there will be boards using that SoC similar to the Gigabyte’s X-Gene 1 boards.

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Still 28nm process.
Let’s hope AMD has some plans for finfet…

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@nobe
Unfortunately Skybridge will be 20nm, so you need to wait for the K12 to get your 16nm FF fix. 🙂

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Wake me up when I can actually buy an ARM SOC made by AMD. So far all they have is announcements.

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This could be used in 96Boards Enterprise Boards, which should be out in Q2, sub-300 USD. Would be quite decent.

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@davidlt
I would buy one immediately for software development. Pity I’m not that optimistic. 🙂

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On the topic of changes to the site, reconned using a responsive CSS framework like bootstrap.
It’s difficult to read the article and connects without zoning in and it on s mobile currently.
Thanks