AMD has launched a server processor based on the Arm
architecture (Cortex-A57) in the previous years, and its development code is “Seattle”. Which is the Opteron A1100 series. This is a complete system-on-chip (SoC) with complete functions, designed for running I/O-intensive and expanded applications. AMD believes that this server processor has lower power consumption and cost than usual x86 products, and can complement the x86 platform. AMD even has a plan called “Project Skybridge” to make its Arm processors and x86 processors pin-to-pin compatible, and users can configure the processors according to their needs.
It is a pity that due to the constraints of resources and technology, AMD, which was in trouble at the time, did not develop the Arm processor, and the K12 architecture originally planned to be launched in 2017 did not appear. According to a report by TomsHardware, AMD’s CFO Devinder Kumar recently stated that if necessary, AMD will be ready to invest in Arm processors again. Previously, AMD’s CEO Dr. Lisa Su also said that AMD is willing to design custom chips for customers, whether it is x86 or Arm architecture, and has very rich experience in the design of Arm processors.
When answering related questions, Devinder Kumar said that AMD and Arm have a very good cooperative relationship and understand the needs of customers. Of course, Devinder Kumar’s statement does not mean that AMD has plans to design Arm processors, but it can be seen that AMD can meet the needs of customers in this regard. In fact, the cooperation between AMD and Arm has not been interrupted. For example, the built-in security processors in some chips use the Arm architecture.