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AMD APU cuts embedded apps' power use, footprint

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:APU? G-T16R? G-Series processor?

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) has expanded its Embedded G-Series processor family with the AMD Embedded G-T16R accelerated processing unit (APU) that targets very low power, small form factor and cost-sensitive embedded designs needing a combination of x86 compatibility and graphics capability.

The APU is described as sipping power, with just 2.3W on average or 4.5W thermal design power use.

The APU suits green embedded products for the industrial control, point-of-sale, medical appliance and transportation markets. It can help industrial customers create greener factories based on more power-efficient factory hardware. Also, embedded designers can develop applications like point-of-sale order entry stations and tablets, medical bedside terminals and even solar-powered traffic control devices using the AMD G-T16R.

The new AMD Embedded G-Series APU also offers embedded product designers a seamless upgrade path for legacy applications because it fits into small form factor boards by implementing a two-chip platform, the APU and its companion controller hub. It offers legacy I/O card support based on a full 32bit PCI interface and an ISA bus solution with DMA support. It also supports a full range of display technologies, with analog VGA and LVDS support for legacy applications and DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort interfaces for the latest display technology.

Embedded G-Series support
There are already more than 50 standard form factor motherboards available supporting the AMD Embedded G-Series platform, ranging from the small Qseven computer-on-modules to the versatile and widely available MiniITX form factor. This enhanced compatibility provides OEMs with a variety of board options to design into their system solutions. The platform consists of both the APU and its companion controller hub, which have a total combined footprint of just 890mm2.

The AMD Embedded G-T16R APU is designed to help reduce product development and life cycle costs through a common scalable platform design that spans the entire AMD Embedded G-Series. AMD's unique approach enables one design to serve multiple product configurations, simplifying the supply chain, helping reduce operational complexity and enabling better platform economics. The AMD G-T16R APU is also available at extremely accessible price points, allowing designers to easily incorporate it into cost-sensitive embedded applications.

For users of the AMD Geode LX processor family, the AMD G-T16R APU offers a cost-effective upgrade path, consuming about seven percent less power and three times the performance of the 2.45 watt AMD Geode LX processor, while reducing the overall chip footprint by 58 percent. Support for the latest DDR3 memory helps reduce memory costs for legacy applications while enabling higher memory speed and capacity.

The AMD Embedded G-T16R APU supports Windows Embedded Compact 7, Green Hills INTEGRITY and Express Logic ThreadX operating systems, allowing applications that leverage these popular embedded and real-time operating systems to easily migrate to the new platform.

Along with the announcement of the new AMD G-T16R APU, AMD is also extending the planned availability for the entire AMD Embedded G-Series processor family through 2017, resetting the five-year clock for both existing and new designs.

A variety of AMD customers have announced small form factor motherboards designed around the legacy I/O and low power support of the AMD G-T16R APU, including Advantech's PCM-3356 PC/104 CPU module; Aewin's PM-6161 PC/104 board; Arbor's EmETX-a55E0 ETX CPU module; aValue's ECM-A50M 3.5" embedded motherboard; Axiomtek's CM100 COM Express module; and MEN Mikro Elektronik's SC24 computer-on-module.

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