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As usual, a lot has changed in just a short time since our last update. Here are some of the highlights from industry news.

First and foremost, the #RaspberryPi 3 has continued to be the most popular ARM single board computer. It now includes WiFi and Bluetooth, and the official Raspbian operating system has been upgraded to include support for the new features. While it has a 64-bit processor, for the time being it still uses a 32-bit operating system.

Just a few days ago, we got some detail on the Cavium ThunderX2 processor that is forthcoming. This is an enterprise-grade processor that will have 54 cores and support up to 100gb of ethernet bandwidth. It will deliver 2x to 3x the performance of the current ThunderX processor, and should be able to compete head-to-head with Xeon’s in many workloads.

Finally, the Pine64 has been shipping in volume now, with most Kickstarter backers having received their boards. The Pine64 is based on a 64-bit Allwinner A64 processor, which is not the most powerful around, but it sets a new low-price for 64-bit ARM hardware. At just $15 for the entry level Pine64, the price of 64-bit #ARM hardware has dropped from $3,000 to $15 in the course of about 1 year. Talk about rapid innovation!

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ARM Server Linux Update, March 2016

It has been a few months since our last #ARM Server update, and as usual, a lot has changed in just a short time!

The biggest and most important news is the launch of the #RaspberryPi 3, freshly upgraded to a quad-core 64-bit ARM processor from Broadcom, whereas all previous Raspberry Pi’s have been based on 32-bit processors. With 8 million units sold, the Raspberry Pi is by far the most popular ARM single board computer, so the move to a 64-bit processor will potentially add millions of units to the 64-bit ARM ecosystem.

In January, the AMD Opteron A1100 officially launched, which is also a 64-bit model. It is available in 3 different SKU’s with varying core count and speeds, and AMD is arguably the biggest name to launch an ARM Server SOC thus far.

The LeMaker Cello is a new board based on the 96Boards Enterprise Edition specification, utilizing one of the AMD Opteron processors. It has gigabit ethernet, DDR3 memory, SATA, and USB 3.0, so connectivity and data throughput should be excellent.

Finally, as part of the latest 96Boards Reference Software Platform, both Debian and CentOS are now supported for install, and a single 4.4 Kernel run the DragonBoard, HiKey, and HuskyBoard.

So there you have it. Just a few short months, and lots of change has happened in the ARM Server ecosystem (as usual)!

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LeMaker Bass 96Boards compliant 64-bit #ARM development board - http://www.mikronauts.com/lemaker/lemaker-bass-preview/ … via @Mikronauts

LeMaker joins Linaro Community Boards Group:  https://www.linaro.org/news/linaro-announces-lemaker-as-a-member-of-the-linaro-community-boards-group/ …  Potential 96Boards BananaBoard? 

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Fresh batch of hosted 64-bit ARM servers available!  https://www.mininodes.com/product/64-bit-arm-mininode/  #ARM #Debian #linux  

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Following up on last weeks tutorial, instructions for running #Confluence  on an #Ubuntu  ARM server are now posted!  https://www.mininodes.com/how-to-install-confluence-on-an-ubuntu-arm-server/
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