AMD has announced immediate availability of its Embedded G-Series processor; what the company is calling the world's first and only Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) for embedded systems. Based on AMD Fusion technology, the embedded platform incorporates an x86 CPU based on the "Bobcat" core, with a DirectX 11-capable GPU and parallel processing engine on a single piece of silicon.
This new class of accelerated processor is said to combine more compute capabilities on a single die than any processor in the history of computing, and represents opportunity for major advancements in embedded systems.
AMD claims that no solution with this level of advanced computing is available for the embedded market today. Numerous embedded systems based on the AMD Embedded G-Series are available today or expected to launch in the coming weeks from companies including Advansus, Compulab, Congatec, Fujitsu, Haier, iEi, Kontron, Mitec, Quixant, Sintrones, Starnet, WebDT, Wyse, and many others.
Expected products include graphics-intensive solutions like digital signage, internet-ready set top boxes, mobile and desktop thin clients, casino gaming machines, point-of-sale kiosks, and small form factor PCs, as well as numerous single board computers (SBCs).
Shane Rau, research director of Computing and Storage Semiconductors at IDC, expects shipments of processors for embedded systems to increase at a double digit rate each year for the next five years.
"AMD's commitment is to ensure the game-changing technologies we develop for consumers and the enterprise are also available for the vast and growing embedded market," said Patrick Patla, corporate vice president and general manager, Server and Embedded Division, AMD. "Today, we have a record number of embedded launch partners. They are using the unique advancements of the AMD Embedded G-Series APU to develop a brand new generation of highly differentiated, energy-efficient, small form-factor embedded systems that can deliver the vivid visual experience expected in our always-connected world."
AMD states it has assessed many of the trends shaping today's embedded market, including the ever-pressing need for power efficiency and a small footprint, along with high CPU performance, full feature sets, and a strong graphics solution. The embedded market is one where differentiation can be critical to the long-term success of a design.
The open development ecosystem for the AMD Embedded G-Series platform includes multiple BIOS options, support for various Microsoft Windows, Linux, and real-time operating systems, the integrated OpenCL programming environment, and source-level debug tools.
AMD provides a dedicated design support team to help customers create distinctive new products and bring them to market quickly. Online resources include an embedded developer portal, AMD embedded product selection guide and customer-submitted details on available boards and complete systems.
AMD Embedded G-Series APU Specifications:
- 1 or 2 x86 "Bobcat" CPU cores with 1MB L2 cache, 64-bit Floating Point Unit
- Up to 1.6GHz
- 9W and 18W TDP
- Array of SIMD Engines: DirectX 11 capable graphics; Industry-leading 3D and graphics processing
- 3rd Generation Unified Video Decoder
- Power management features, including C6 and power gating
- DDR3 800-1066 memory with support for 64 bit channel and 2 DIMMs
- Ball Grid Array (BGA) package
- 890mm2 physical footprint, including the AMD Fusion I/O Controller Hub
For further information, visit http://www.amd.com/embedded.
This article originally appeared on EE Times Europe.