There's Still No Sign Of AMD's Low-Cost ARM Development Boards
Written by Michael Larabel in Arm on 24 August 2016 at 01:45 PM EDT. 74 Comments
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For more than the past year I've been very much looking forward to AMD's Opteron ARM-based development boards. Sadly, these boards -- namely the HuskyBoard and LeMaker Cello -- are silently absent.

The 96Boards HuskyBoard was originally talked about for the end of 2015, but that never happened. In March was the LeMaker Cello announcement as a $299 ARM development board powered by AMD's A1120 SoC while HuskyBoard details have been scarce.

The LeMaker Cello was supposed to ship by the end of Q2'2016 and now approaching the end of Q3 there still is no information. From one ARM board distributor I contacted, they've been given "the silent treatment" from LeMaker over the status of the Cello.

The product page still states, "The LeMaker Cello main board is scheduled to ship in Q2 of 2016."


For the HuskyBoard, it's no longer listed on the 96Boards site under their enterprise boards. The HuskyBoard page is still there though and it says, "This board is not yet in mass production, but an alternative version created by LeMaker and called the Cello Board is available for pre order with shipments expected by the end of Q2 2016."

I haven't heard anything at all from AMD nor my other industry contacts about what is the state of these boards. The only other A1100 product right now I'm aware of is SoftIron's Overdrive 1000. That AMD A100 ARM board with four Cortex-A57 cores and dual RDIMM 8GB DDR4 memory and two USB 3.0 ports is expected to be shipping in September -- assuming it too isn't delayed. The price on that SoftIron product is $599 plus taxes and shipping. Did I somehow miss something and everything is quiet from contacts or is there simply no movement yet from products based on AMD's ARM SoCs?
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