Tuesday, April 23, 2013
AMD Targets Embedded Markets with New Embedded G-Series
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AMD today announced the new AMD Embedded G-Series
System-on-Chip (SOC) platform, a single-chip solution based
on the AMD next-generation "Jaguar" CPU architecture and AMD
Radeon 8000 Series graphics.
The company also unveiled plans to eventually release SOCs with both x86 and ARM cores, in the following years.
AMD claims that its new Embedded G-Series SOC platform is
offering up to 113 percent improved CPU performance compared
to the prior generation AMD Embedded G-Series APU, and up to
a 125 percent advantage compared to the Intel Atom when
running multiple industry-standard compute intensive
benchmarks. For embedded applications, the new platform also
includes support for DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 4.2x and OpenCL
1.22 that enables parallel processing and high-performance
graphics processing, yielding up to a 20 percent graphics
improvement over the previous AMD Embedded G-Series APU and
greater than 5x advantage over Intel Atom when running
multiple industry-standard graphics-intensive benchmarks.
"We have built a treasure trove of industry-leading IP in
processors, graphics and multimedia along with the
infrastructure to combine these building blocks into
unsurpassed embedded SOC solutions," said Arun Iyengar, vice
president and general manager, AMD Embedded Solutions. "With
a 33 percent smaller footprint, low power consumption and
exceptional performance, the new AMD Embedded G-Series SOC
sets the bar for content-rich multimedia and traditional
workload processing that is ideal for a broad variety of
The first AMD G-series SoC includes a quad-core x86 processor based on the "Jaguar" 64-bit core, the Radeon 8000 graphics processor and an I/O hub that covers such I/O links as SATA, USB 2.0., DisplayPort and PCIe Generation 2. The 28nm chip also includes 2MB of shared memory in L2 cache.
The processor family offers great performance per watt
in the low-power x86-compatible product category with 9W -
25W options. It includes enterprise-class Error-Correction
Code (ECC) memory support, dual and quad-core variants and industrial temperature range of -40°C to +85°C.
The discrete-class graphics integrated into the AMD Embedded
G-Series SOC power applications that previously required a
separate graphics processor, while the addition of new CPU
architecture for the Embedded G-Series SOC platform allows
deeply embedded or "headless" systems, which are used in
environments without a screen, monitor or input device and
do not require a graphics solution.
The AMD Embedded G-Series SOC supports Windows Embedded 8
and Linux, and is designed for myriad embedded applications
including industrial control and automation, digital
signage, electronic gaming systems, SMB storage, IP-TV,
medical and network appliances, set-top boxes and more. AMD
will ship the AMD G-Series SOC platform with general
availability in the second quarter of 2013.
Models available at launch include:
- GX-420CA SOC with AMD Radeon HD 8400E Graphics, Quad-core,
25W TDP, CPU freq. 2.0GHz, GPU freq. 600MHz
- GX-415GA SOC with AMD Radeon HD 8330E Graphics, Quad-core,
15W TDP, CPU freq. 1.50GHz, GPU freq. 500MHz
- GX-217GA SOC with AMD Radeon HD 8280E Graphics, Dual-core,
15W TDP, CPU freq. 1.65GHz, GPU freq. 450MHz
- GX-210HA SOC with AMD Radeon? HD 8210E Graphics,
Dual-core, 9W TDP, CPU freq. 1.0GHz, GPU freq. 300MHz
- GX-416RA SOC Quad-Core, 15W, CPU Freq. 1.6GHz, No GPU
Pricing ranges from $49 - $72 for the SKUs.
Developers working with the AMD Embedded G-Series SOC can
implement remote management, virtualization and security
capabilities to help reduce deployment costs of their AMD
Embedded G-Series SOC-based platform through AMD DAS 1.0
featuring DASH 1.1; AMD Virtualization technology and
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 support.
AMD also today outlined a key part its turnaround strategy for the next three years. By 2016, the company plans to make as much as half of its money from processors deigned for games consoles and ultra low-power processors for tablets.
The company also revealed that it may license future mobile-class processors from ARM. AMD's first ARM-based system-on-chip is expected to be called the G-Series A and will be designed for the "embedded" market, although AMD has not yet confirmed that. This line of products could allow AMD to compete in the sub 3-watt market.
If AMD can preserve a graphics advantage while using ARM designs to push even further into true mobile territory, it could steal some business off Intel .
AMD has already partnered with ARM for data center and security technology.