The miserly AMD APUs.
AMD today announced the immediate availability of two new solutions for those looking for extreme low power with x86 "Bobcat" CPU cores and DirectX 11-capable graphics.
The two new embedded G-Series APUs T40R and T40E have thermal design power (TDP) ratings of 5.5 and 6.4 watts, respectively, which is up to a 39 percent power savings compared to earlier versions. The very low power consumption and small 361mm² package is ideal for compact, fanless embedded systems like digital signage, kiosks, mobile industrial devices and many of the new emerging industry-standard small form factors.
"We have seen many of our embedded customers deploy fanless systems even with our 15W TDP processors in the past. Today we take the ground-breaking AMD Fusion APU well below 7W TDP and shatter the accepted traditional threshold for across-the-board fanless enablement," said Buddy Broeker, director, Embedded Solutions, AMD. "System designers can now unleash their creativity without being constrained by heat or size issues."
A fanless solution is crucial for many small embedded systems where the added cost for an active cooling system can be prohibitive or for environments where silent operation is a key requirement. Additionally, many embedded products are deployed in harsh environmental conditions where the presence of a fan represents a potential failure point for the system.
You likely won't be running these at home in your own personal rig, but there's now a better chance that you'll run into AMD's new Fusion chips out the real world without even knowing it.