AMD has officially announced availability of the Opteron A1100-Series developer kit, the first product to ship with its Seattle 64-bit ARM-based processors.

Now available for ordering, the micro-ATX server system includes a single AMD Opteron A1100 processor packing four 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57 cores alongside 16GB of DDR3 memory. PCI Express connectors on the board are configurable as a single eight-lane or two four-lane ports, and eight SATA connectors provide mass storage. Software is provided by Red Hat, using a customised version of the Fedora Linux operating system pre-loaded with an ARM Cortex-A57 GNU toolchain, platform device drivers, Apache, MySQL, PHP and both Java 7 and Java 8.

'The journey toward a more efficient infrastructure for large-scale datacentres is taking a major step forward today with broader availability of our AMD Opteron A1100-Series development kit,' claimed Suresh Gopalakrishnan, general manager and vice president of AMD's server business unit, at the launch. 'After successfully sampling to major ecosystem partners such as firmware, OS, and tools providers, we are taking the next step in what will be a collaborative effort across the industry to reimagine the datacentre based on the open business model of ARM innovation.'

The software side of the equation forms part of Red Hat's ARM Partner Early Access Programme, announced alongside AMD's developer board. 'The Red Hat ARM Partner Early Access Programme continues Red Hat’s efforts to drive open standards and best practices within the 64-bit ARM ecosystem, enabling tighter collaboration with leading innovators in the ARM ecosystem,' claimed Red Hat's Jim Totton. 'By providing our participating partners with the tools, resources and support needed to build a common development platform, we can help facilitate partner-driven 64-bit ARM solutions that are based upon Red Hat technologies.'

The server development kit, which AMD is targeting at software, hardware and datacentre development customers, is priced at $2,999. AMD has yet to confirm plans to launch a version based around its higher-end Cortex-A57 Seattle implementation, which features eight cores and support for dual-channel DDR4 memory. More details, and an application form to enquire about a purchase, are available on the official website.
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