AMD to offer processor chips having both x86 and ARM processor cores, and the ecosystem is called as “ambidextrous computing.”
AMD shares the market research data where it says the market for ARM- and x86-based processors is expected to grow to more than $85 billion by 2017 . AMD is uniquely powerful and capable enough to handle such opportunity.
AMD has shared the below roadmap of its ambidextrous computing:
“Project SkyBridge” – This design framework, available starting in 2015, will feature a new family of 20 nanometer APUs and SoCs that are expected to be the world’s first pin-compatible ARM and x86 processors. The 64-bit ARM variant of “Project SkyBridge” will be based on the ARM Cortex®-A57 core and is AMD’s first Heterogeneous System Architecture (“HSA”) platform for Android; the x86 variant will feature next-generation “Puma+” CPU cores. The “Project SkyBridge” family will feature full SoC integration, AMD Graphics Core Next technology, HSA, and AMD Secure Technology via a dedicated Platform Security Processor (PSP).
“K12” – A new high-performance, low-power ARM-based core that takes deep advantage of AMD’s ARM architectural license, extensive 64-bit design expertise, and a core development team led by Chief CPU Architect Jim Keller. The first products based on “K12” are planned for introduction in 2016.
“At ARM we are dedicated to working with partners who revolutionize and transform experiences everywhere from sensors to servers," said Simon Segars, CEO at ARM. "AMD's market reach and proven experience in leading industry transitions to 64-bit computing in client and server environments, combined with ARM's low power expertise and server base system architecture (SBSA) standard, will deliver new capabilities and drive innovation across multiple high growth markets."
ARM 64 bit core based AMD's Seattle chip run Linux environment derived from the Fedora Project.