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APU speeds up graphics-intensive apps

Posted: 25 May 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:APU? heterogeneous platform? DirectX 11-capable?

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has released the embedded R-Series accelerated processing unit (APU) platform that combines the Piledriver CPU architecture with discrete-class, DirectX 11-capable AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series graphics in a heterogeneous platform. The platform targets mid- to high-end graphics-intensive applications such as digital signage, casino gaming, point-of-sale systems and kiosks, as well as parallel-processing-intensive applications spanning medical imaging and security/surveillance.

The AMD Embedded R-Series APU integrates dedicated resources that enable exceptional performance with shared resources to help reduce power consumption and die space. Because of its scalability, the new APU provides developers with the flexibility to leverage the same board design and software stack for a variety of applications. And with its discrete-class graphics integrated into the processor, applications that previously required a separate graphics processor or card now can be delivered on a wide range of form factors. Developers working with the AMD Embedded R-Series APU can implement remote management, client virtualization and security capabilities to help reduce deployment costs and increase security and reliability of their AMD R-Series based platform through AMD DAS 1.0 featuring DASH 1.1, AMD Virtualization and Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 support.

Improved multimedia
Multimedia enhancements available for the AMD Embedded R-Series APU include a video compression engine that provides a dedicated hardware encoder for video to quickly and efficiently encode video for applications like video conferencing or surveillance; a Secure Asset Management unit that allows for GPU-assisted encryption/decryption of content, enabling less CPU overhead and lower power when dealing with protected content; enhancements to the Unified Video Decoder that extend the capabilities of the AMD Embedded R-Series APU platform to include dual, high-definition decode and stereoscopic 3D.

For applications that benefit from multiple displays, such as casino gaming or video walls in digital signage, the AMD Embedded R-Series APU supports connection to four independent displays, which can be utilized to display four independent video feeds or a single video feed distributed across a four-panel display. By adding a discrete AMD Radeon Embedded graphics card to the system, the number of independent displays can increase up to 10.

A variety of AMD customers are announcing market-ready products incorporating the AMD Embedded R-Series APU Platform today including:

  • Advantech-Innocore - System solution for high-performance casino gaming applications
  • Axiomtek - High-performance MiniITX motherboard
  • Congatec - High-performance COM Express module
  • DFI?High-performance COM Express module
  • iBase - System solution for high-performance digital signage applications
  • J&W IPC - Custom form factor embedded motherboard with support for up to 10 DisplayPort displays
  • Quixant - System solution for high-performance casino gaming applications
  • SHENZHEN XINZHIXIN - High-performance MiniITX motherboard

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