The 80-core Arm development kit from Ampere supports Nvidia RTX GPUs and costs equivalent to high-end conventional computers. The kit is intended for edge computing hardware and software prototypes, although it has many other uses.
Ampere releases an 80-core Arm dev kit for Nvidia RTX GPUs.
In a cardboard box, the Altra Dev Kit comprises a feature-packed motherboard, a SoC on a daughterboard, three heatsinks, and a VGA to HDMI connection. 32-core kits cost $2,003 and 80-core kits $2,621. Ampere’s 128-core SoC is sold out.
Four Ampere data center SoCs use Arm Neoverse N1 architecture. 32-core models run at 1.7 GHz, while 64-core models run at 2.2 GHz. 80-core and 128-core versions may achieve 2.6 GHz. Each model features 64 PCIe 4.0 lanes and 768 GB of DDR4 ECC memory across six channels. Ampere and IPI sell these systems to consumers for development and testing.
32 GB Memory variant costs $3,250
Ampere also sells the Altra Development Platform, a prebuilt tower with a tempered glass panel and five RGB fans that resembles a gaming Computer. The 32-core, 32 GB Memory variant costs $3,250, while the 128-core, 128-GB RAM version costs $5,658.
Ampere data center SoCs support Windows and consumer Nvidia RTX GPUs out of the box. Ampere’s edge computing chief Joe Speed showed on Twitter that the Development Platform’s discrete GPU can be upgraded to an RTX GPU. Arm processors may be used for AAA gaming with RTX GPUs. In China, Nvidia streams mobile games using these processors and A16 GPUs.
The Ampere Altra Dev Kit offers developers and fans a chance to push edge computing and beyond with its tremendous capabilities and support for Nvidia RTX GPUs.