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AMD Launches APU for Embedded Systems

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Embedded systems using AMD's new APU are available today or expected to launch in the coming weeks.

Wednesday AMD officially launched its new AMD Embedded G-Series processor, the world's first and only Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) for embedded systems. Based on AMD Fusion technology, the new processor combines a low-power, x86 "Bobcat" CPU with a DirectX 11-capable, discrete-level GPU on a single piece of silicon.

"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."

The new APU's specifications are as follows:

  • 1 or 2 x86 "Bobcat" CPU cores with 1MB L2 cache, 64-bit Floating Point Unit
  • Up to 1.6 GHz
  • 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

Wednesday AMD said that this new class of accelerated processor combines more compute capabilities on a single die than any processor in the history of computing. There's also no other solution available for the embedded market today that can match the APU's level of advanced computing. Devices using the new APU are expected to include small form factor PCs, single board computers, mobile and desktop thin clients, internet-ready set top boxes and more.

"Each APU supports single or dual-independent high resolution displays and exceptional multi-media capability with hardware decode support for H.264, VC-1, MPEG2, WMV, DivX and Adobe Flash," the company said. "When paired with the A50M I/O controller hub with support for advanced interfaces such as 6Gb/s SATA, Generation 2 PCI Express, and HD Audio, the AMD G-Series platform delivers a low power, value oriented solution for applications requiring a better balance of CPU and multimedia performance."

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.

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    Ciuy , January 19, 2011 6:43 PM
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    megamanx00 , January 19, 2011 6:52 PM
    Interesting, but they really need Llano and Bulldozer out now.
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    burnley14 , January 19, 2011 6:55 PM
    This is really exciting. With such a low TDP I'd imagine that lots of devices are going to get a lot more powerful now, instead of the traditional escalation of desktop CPU power while everything moves at a snail's pace.
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    enewmen , January 19, 2011 7:30 PM
    Please keep all the Fusion news and articles coming!
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    CoryInJapan , January 19, 2011 8:29 PM
    otacon72AMD is so far behind now they will never catch up. Llano won't be out until Q3 from everything I've read and the only release date for Bulldozer is 2011. Several articles claim Bulldozer is already a generation behind SandyBridge. AMD was left in the dust when Core 2 came out. Thumb me down all you

    You may be true to an extent...but this sounds more like an intel fan boy who is biased and exaggerates the truth.
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    stingstang , January 19, 2011 8:58 PM
    Score one for AMD. The smartest move for them now is to whore the living hell out of that, and sell it to every company with the hint of a pulse. Do that, and BEFORE Intel starts their own line of processors, and they may have a chance.
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    suryasans , January 19, 2011 9:50 PM
    Meh, crap.
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    Immoral Medic , January 19, 2011 9:55 PM
    Even though I love the ATI side, somehow I don't see these beating sandy bridge.
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    Anonymous , January 19, 2011 10:30 PM
    It's not meant to "beat" Sandy Bridge - this is targeted at an entirely different market. AMD currently can't compete in the $150+ CPU price range, so why shouldn't they press their advantage in low-cost, low-power parts?

    This embedded board could be useful for HTPC/streamers, firewalls, and NAS devices.
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    Simple11 , January 19, 2011 10:51 PM
    Thank you Josh G. He's right, as I looked for a HTPC, all systems I looked at were Atom+ION/2 combos. VIA had a good combo but lacked in conservative values. Even for a carPC the Atom+ION was the best choice, but all this here looks good on paper. Looking forward to see it put to the test.
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    gto127 , January 19, 2011 11:16 PM
    "AMD is so far behind now they will never catch up. Llano won't be out until Q3 from everything I've read and the only release date for Bulldozer is 2011. Several articles claim Bulldozer is already a generation behind SandyBridge. AMD was left in the dust when Core 2 came out. Thumb me down all you"
    I'm not sure how credible this is but Xbit has info that this may not be the case. Supposedly someone is claiming that bulldozer beats everything by a good margin. Here is link.
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    zodiacfml , January 19, 2011 11:28 PM
    I get myself a tablet with this.
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    helldog3105 , January 19, 2011 11:42 PM
    I don't about that link to xbitlabs but I somehow doubt looking at the architecture for the Bulldozer that it will be faster than Sandy Bridge. It may be as fast or close to as fast, but I highly doubt it will be faster.
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    sseyler , January 19, 2011 11:43 PM
    It's amazing what a tiny little piece of silicon is capable of.
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    zaho0006 , January 19, 2011 11:45 PM
    As simple and josh pointed out this is not meant to compete with Sandy bridge. Based on the benchmarks that I have seen this should double the graphics performance of atom/ion combos while gaining battery life and getting away from optimus graphics switching.

    This would be outstanding for HTPC's, and may even give netbooks some gaming potential, especially given their lower resolutions.
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    Anonymous , January 20, 2011 12:16 AM
    As much as I'd like to root for AMD, I don't think they will retake the performance lead anytime soon. Intel would have to make mistakes, and so far they haven't. (Though the lower end Sandybridge should have come with the better GPU since the higher end ones would likely be used in systems with discrete graphic cards)
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    retirepresident , January 20, 2011 12:39 AM
    HP Pavilion dm1z series
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    ProDigit10 , January 20, 2011 4:24 AM
    I guess what most people want is a sandy bridge processor within a netbook sized laptop.
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    xrodney , January 20, 2011 6:03 AM
    mayankleoboy1in embedded systems you really dont need parallel processing. almost all of the work is done in a serial processing. i dunno whats the market segment they want to capture.regarding bulldozer, it will have a tough time competing with intel. its late to the scene and wont be able to compete with the intel die shrink.but i love competition.

    In most of systems embedded or not parallel processing is big plus. You don't need quad or octa core, but dual should be minimum with exception of single task devices but those wont need apu anyway, will get better with arm.
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    rhino13 , January 20, 2011 12:03 PM
    I can compliment a fusion procesor with a nicer graphics card, but somehow I'm still stuck with an AMD CPU.
    If AMD's CPUs could keep up with their GPUs we'd really have something here.
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