Today, AMD joined the RapidIO.org community as a regular member along with our technology partner, ARM. AMD is proud to participate as a member of RapidIO.org, a non-profit organization controlled and comprised of leading electronics and technology companies.
As a member, AMD will be participating in RapidIO.org’s recently initiated “ARM 64-bit Coherent Scale Out over RapidIO” task group, and I look forward to leading AMD’s participation in the various RapidIO.org working groups.
The “ARM 64-bit Coherent Scale Out over RapidIO” initiative represents a significant development in the ARM ecosystem as it seeks to broaden its reach into higher-end systems. The objective of the task group’s specification development effort is to offer a standardized coherent interconnect that interoperates with the existing RapidIO ecosystem to provide a heterogeneous coherent processor cluster scale out capability over a RapidIO unified fabric. With a limited scale out scope, it does not seek to compete with established server and HPC interconnects such as Ethernet, Infiniband or our own Freedom™ Fabric. Rather, it complements these interconnects as it drives interoperability between 10s-100s of coherent devices.
RapidIO addresses needs in markets that the AMD server and embedded business units have prioritized: data center & high performance computing, communications infrastructure and industrial automation. RapidIO offers high reliability, increased bandwidth and low latency in an intra-system unified fabric, as well as chip-to-chip, board-to-board and shelf to shelf peer to peer connectivity. This technology is an established, scalable and high-performance fabric specifically developed to address the needs of equipment designers in the markets in which key AMD server and embedded customers reside.
Our new membership and forthcoming participation in RapidIO.org aligns well with our continued work to solidify AMD leadership in the ARM 64-bit server and embedded market place.
Greg Shippen is Fellow and Chief Architect, Embedded Solutions Business Unit at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites, and references to third party trademarks, are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.