AMD reveals embedded roadmap for new x86 processors and first ARM chips

AMD confirmed earlier this year that the processor maker will branch out into creating chips using ARM designs in addition to its x86 processor business. This week, AMD offered up a roadmap of its future embedded processor plans, which include releasing its first ARM chips in 2014.

AMD's plans list "Hierofalcon," a 64-bit system-on-a-chip solution which will have eight ARM Cortex-A57 CPUs and an expected clock speed of 2GHz. It's expected to enter full production by the second half of 2014. However, most of its embedded processors will still be based on the x86 design. That includes "Bald Eagle," the code name for a processor that can be used as both an APU and CPU. It's supposed to have up to four of the company's Steamroller CPU cores. It's due for release in the first half of 2014.

Another x86 APU that the company will have out in the first half of next year is "Steppe Eagle." The system-on-a-chip solution will have enhanced Jaguar CPU cores along with its "AMD Graphics Core Next GPU architecture." Finally, AMD will release the "Adelaar" discrete graphics chip in 2014 which will have 2GB of memory and offer support for DirectX 11.1 and OpenGL 4.2. It will be in devices that run both Windows and Linux.

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The only thing AMD processors are truly lacking is IPC. They should focus on improving their chips and power usage/requirements instead of creating all this useless hype.

AMD making ARM chips is interesting, does this mean that the CPU is ARM as stated but we can expect the GPU part of the SoC to be all AMD Radeon based? If it's how I think it is then we could be talking some good graphics performance for their ARM chips, should give the other ARM makers a run for their money.

GP007 said,
AMD making ARM chips is interesting, does this mean that the CPU is ARM as stated but we can expect the GPU part of the SoC to be all AMD Radeon based? If it's how I think it is then we could be talking some good graphics performance for their ARM chips, should give the other ARM makers a run for their money.

Yep, thats the plan! Then its AMD vs Qualcomm and to see who has progressed further!

steamroller will bring amd cpu performance close to intel once again. if it wasnt for their risky move of making the decoder front ends shared between cores, that eventually turned out to be a disaster, they could have been close a long time ago. they are finally changing it back to individual decoders for individual cores,therefore bringing single threaded performance back up to par. lets see what happens.

doesn't matter. ADM has given up on the performance market and it is going for the tablet market and phone where intel is less strong and where ARM has so far been lacking competition. pretty much everybody has written AMD out of the high performance market where intel doesn't even need to bring Broadwell and Skylake architectures on time for their tick-tock cycles because Ivy-Bridge and Hasswell pretty much nuke ADM back to the stone age.

Hardly. Do you remember the Pentium 4 days, when AMD was king? When they practically defined the x64 spec? They had a bad streak to but to say that they've been permanently written off shows some major shortsightedness - especially when you consider they're practically a drop in replacement for many people.

Did you read the same roadmap as I did, because I don't see anything that indicates "steamroller will bring amd cpu performance close to intel once again". These are all low-power chips for tablets/laptops, there's nothing for people who want a high-performance CPU. Yes, these are good chips for portable devices, but they're certainly not high-performance chips for desktops.

im talking about single threaded performance in the steamroller core,which is going to be used in some of these chips.