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AMD previews high-performance server processor

Chip designer readies to return innovation and choice to the data centre

Norrod says AMD re-asserting its position as an innovator in the data centre.
Norrod says AMD re-asserting its position as an innovator in the data centre.

Chip maker AMD, has taken a significant step into the server and data centre market following a preview of the upcoming high-performance CPU for servers, codenamed "Naples".

Purpose-built to disrupt the status-quo and to scale across the cloud data centre and traditional on-premise server configurations, Naples delivers the highly regarded "Zen" x86 processing engine in industry-leading configurations of up to 32 cores.

AMD said superior memory bandwidth and the number of high-speed input or output channels in a single-chip further differentiate Naples from anything else in the server market today.

According to the vendor, the first processors are scheduled to be available in Q2 2017, with volume availability building in the second half of the year through OEM and channel partners.

"Today marks the first major milestone in AMD re-asserting its position as an innovator in the datacenter and returning choice to customers in high-performance server CPUs," said Forrest Norrod, senior vice president and general manager, Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom business unit at AMD.

Norrod added that Naples represents a completely new approach to supporting the massive processing requirements of the modern data centre. "This ground breaking system-on-chip (SoC) delivers the unique high-performance features required to address highly virtualised environments, massive data sets and new, emerging workloads," he said.

Matt Eastwood, senior vice president, Enterprise Infrastructure and Datacenter, IDC, said that: "It is exciting to see AMD back in the server conversation with a new CPU and a sound strategy for why it is the right processor for the modern data centre and the cloud computing era."

Eastwood pointed out that looking at the product details, it sounds like a compelling combination that will give IT buyers a new option to consider when making their next upgrade.