The slide above gives an example of the new agile/flexible AMD as it applies to the datacenter. Again, we're not seeing ARM, but we are seeing that AMD is willing to be flexible around ISA. In other words, AMD won't be married to x86 if the customer doesn't want it. If I had to guess, it sounds like AMD is talking about offering ARM based SoCs in the datacenter if a customer should want one. 

HSA will also play a role here. It seems like AMD views its flexibility around IP integration in combination with its GPU architecture as its main advantages in the datacenter. Should GPU compute prove to be widely useful in enterprise applications remains to be seen. Clearly highly parallel workloads lend themselves very well to GPUs.


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  • tipoo - Thursday, February 2, 2012 - link

    If AMD is considering complimenting their processors with ARM alternatives, I bet they are kicking themselves in the butts for selling off their ARM portfolio. Still, this will be interesting to watch. They obviously aren't getting ahead of Intel in the PC processor space any time soon, but with all their chip building experience I think they could take the ARM instruction set and make something much more powerful than current ARM processors with it. Still bound by the same manufacturing nodes as other ARM players, but with lots more experience in the higher performance range.
  • inighthawki - Thursday, February 2, 2012 - link

    I would love to see my next phone have an AMD APU in it. :P
  • denndenn - Thursday, February 9, 2012 - link

    Wonder if they can bring back the Mips processor as I think the end of road may be here for x86

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