AMD Is Working On A Low-Cost, ARM 64-bit Opteron Development Board

Written by Michael Larabel in AMD on 25 June 2015 at 10:16 AM EDT. 21 Comments
Some AMD news this week that got me even more excited than the Radeon R9 Fury X launch is word that they are developing a low-cost ARM development board for release later this year. This affordable development board will feature a quad-core AMD Opteron A1100 Series processor.

AMD has some representatives in Boston this week at the Red Hat Summit for showing off their AMD Opteron A1100 "Seattle" ARM processor. So far the 64-bit ARM A1100 development kits have just been available in a limited capacity, but it was announced they're working with Linaro on a low-cost development board that will use one of their quad-core versions of the processor.

The AMD announcement reads, "How would you like an affordable and compact 160x120mm board to jump start your development efforts with AArch64? AMD and Linaro have been collaborating to develop a 96Boards Enterprise Edition (EE) specification that is ideal for the individual developer. Targeting the server and networking markets, the board will feature a 4-core AMD Opteron A1100 Series processor with two SO-DIMM memory slots, PCIe, USB, SATA, and Gigabit Ethernet capabilities. Popular operating systems such as CentOS, Fedora, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server for ARM Development Preview are targeted for use with this particular board. Additional software downloads, updates, and a forum for software developers will be available via the 96Boards web site. The board is slated to be available in 2H 2015 from distribution partners worldwide and it will be supported through the Linaro Enterprise Group’s site."

This is quite exciting and is better than the other AArch64 96Boards thus far. I certainly can't wait to get my hands on this quad-core 64-bit ARM Opteron development board! It's also nice it will feature SO-DIMM slots for upgradeable system memory.

More details as they become available.
Related News
About The Author
Michael Larabel

Michael Larabel is the principal author of and founded the site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience. Michael has written more than 20,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and automated benchmarking software. He can be followed via Twitter, LinkedIn, or contacted via

Popular News This Week