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'First' accelerated processing unit launched

Posted: 21 Jan 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:AMD APU? accelerated processing unit? embedded systems?

AMD has made available the new AMD Embedded G-Series processor, which the company claims is the world's first and only accelerated processing unit (APU) for embedded systems.

Based on AMD Fusion technology, the AMD Embedded G-Series incorporates the new low-power x86 CPU based on the "Bobcat" core with DirectX 11-capable GPU and parallel processing engine on a single piece of silicon.

According to the company press release, this accelerated processor combines more compute capabilities on a single die than any processor in the history of computing and represents opportunity for major advancements in embedded systems.

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 STBs, 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.

This brand new platform continues AMD's mission to lower power, shrink physical component area, and reduce the costs of designing and producing x86 embedded systems.

"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 VP and general manager, Server and Embedded Division, AMD.

Design, development support

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 assist customers. Online resources include an embedded developer portal, AMD embedded product selection guide and customer-submitted details on available boards and complete systems.

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