The expectation is that the G-series SoC, while being relevant where
graphics performance is important, will extend AMD's reach into embedded
systems. "It's not just about the silicon. It's the support for
applications," said Iyengar.
So as well as supporting such things
as DirectX 11 and error correction of external code memory the G-series
SoC offers OpenGL and OpenCL support which allow developers to make use
of graphics processing units for other functions. For example AMD
provides support for general compression/decompression of files using
the Radeon GPU as well as using the GPU for image-recognition, useful in
both security and industrial sorting applications.
additional markets that AMD hopes the G-series SoC will address include
industrial tablets, machine vision, automotive infotainment, and
in-vehicle systems, retail display and digital signage, point-of-sale,
casino and arcade gaming, IPTV, storage appliances and security
surveillance. AMD will ship the AMD G-Series SOC platform with general
availability in the second quarter of 2013.
Die shot of a version of the AMD G-series SoC. Source: AMD
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IMHO this SoC could also be a very interesting to build low end laptops and maybe servers. It supports ECC memory. That is fine for servers.
The open questions are:
1. Are standard DDR3 memory supported?
2. How much RAM does it support?
3. Is virtualization (VT-x/VT-d) supported?
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.