AMD’s first ARM processor is 8-core and 64-bit

Advanced Micro Devices is trying to make an impression with its first ARM processor.

And it may succeed. The AMD Opteron A1100 series — targeted at servers — can integrate 8 processor cores and will be one of the first ARM chips to be 64-bit.

AMD is tapping the Cortex-A57 processor design, the “highest performing processor,” according to ARM.

Sample shipments of the silicon will begin this quarter along with a development platform, AMD said Tuesday.

The chip supplier is highlighting the 64-bit aspect of the processor.

“AMD is collaborating with industry leaders to enable a…64-bit software ecosystem for ARM-based designs from compilers and simulators to hypervisors, operating systems and application software,” AMD said in a statement.

This also marks a break from its traditional x86 (Intel-compatible)-only strategy, on which the company was built.

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