FUD Zilla reports Hierofalcon, AMD's upcoming ARM-based server chip, is expected to arrive in the second half of next year. Desigend for datacenters and networks, this chip will feature four to eight ARM A57 64-bit cores with a clockspeed of up to 2GHz and a TDP range of 15W to 30W.
Kamal Khouri, director of product management for AMD’s embedded division, told Electronics Weekly that there’s a popular misconception that ARM parts are energy efficient, but also slow. This is not the case with Hierofalcon.
“This is truly a high performance SOC taking advantage of ARM’s first 64-bit architecture,” said Khouri.
In addition to new ARM cores, the 28nm chips also feature 10Gbit Ethernet and PCI Express 3.0 on board, which means they should be a good fit for data centres. AMD VP Arun Iyengar pointed out that AMD already has a server business unit for the data centre, but the new chips should go after the storage element and the networking element.