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AMD teases new 64-bit ARM chips before April

Advanced Micro Devices this week said it will be sampling 64-bit ARM System-on-a-Chip (SoC) products to customers this quarter and is "on track to launch one of the industry's first 64 -bit ARM server SoCs in 2014."

The chip maker is targeting the dense server market with its upcoming 64-bit ARM chips, president and CEO Rory Read said.

"Our unique position offering both x86 and ARM solutions combined with our years of experience in the server market and industry-leading fabric technology differentiates us as we bring an expanding set of solutions to this important market," Read said in a statement.

AMD, the second-biggest maker of x86-based microprocessors behind Intel, partnered with ARM in October 2012 to develop a new line of Opteron server chips using the 64-bit version of the ARM instruction set. The company currently makes microservers for dense server deployments, but they use Intel's low-power, 64-bit Atom processors.

AMD made those comments while reporting revenue of $1.59 billion (£960 million) and profits of $89 million (£54 million) for the final quarter of 2013. The chip maker grew its revenue nine per cent sequentially and 38 per cent year-over-year, despite the continued slump of the PC market, helped considerably by booming sales of new gaming consoles using AMD chips, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, released last year by Microsoft and Sony.

"We completed our restructuring, creating a more efficient business model with significantly lower operating expenses," Read said. "We accelerated our business, generating strong revenue growth and a return to profitability in the second half of the year by successfully ramping our strong and diverse set of new products.

"As we move forward, we will continue to strategically transform AMD as we diversify our portfolio and drive a larger percentage of revenue from the semi-custom, ultra-lower power client, embedded, dense server, and professional graphics high-growth markets."

AMD also began shipping new desktop APUs formerly code named Kaveri in December, as well as introducing its next-generation, Radeon R9 discrete GPUs earlier in the year.