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AMD G-Series APUs Powering a Real-time Operating System

Since the release of AMD’s “APU”, or Accelerated Processing Unit, it has been applied to a multitude of applications from low powered media PCs to budget gaming PCs.  A new application is being formed now which is integrating the APU platform into RTOS software.

RTOS stands for Real Time Operating System which is a form of an OS which is said to be far more consistent when compared to a general purpose OS such as Windows.  This consistency reduces “jitter” and time between I/O operations.  RTOSs are applied in situations where timing and latencies are essential.  An example of this could be web server where timings must be consistent to server consistent data.

Recently, Green Hills Software, the largest independent vendor of embedded software has teamed up with AMD to embed its INTEGRITY RTOS technology into AMD APUs.  This solution is fantastic for many applications that require a low-power yet high reliability in a system.  This could mean in the future we may see AMD APUs powering servers with far higher efficiency than we see today.

“The INTEGRITY board support package for the AMD Embedded G-Series APU supports the AMD DB-FT1 Development Board and will enable AMD customers to build a strong software foundation based on market proven Green Hills technology,” says Chris Smith, vice president of marketing at Green Hills Software. “With its advanced separation kernel architecture, INTEGRITY has achieved numerous certifications for industry safety and security standards, leading to its widespread adoption in the embedded market.”

  • esrever
    Good for AMD.
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  • amk-aka-Phantom
    In other words, AMD again can't find any use for their junk in real computers and decides to boast the fact that they're powering some niche stuff.
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  • shloader
    Damn, dude... I rather like my Llanno Laptop and HTPC.
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  • illfindu
    "real computers"? its arguable that servers are the real computers many companys like hp have much larger server branches then they do desktop. If you look at 2011 as a quick example first off pc sales where down and server sales where UP 9.5 million server units where sold and 359 million pc units where sold when you consider that a server is Easily 5-6x more expensive then a desktop your looking at a huge part of a company's sales. Before there is allot of complaining about my 5-6x comparison we are not talking what YOU could make a server for or you'r pc consider that MANY people still buy there pc at best buy for between 400-700 dollars and company regularly buy OS sever licenses alone for 1000$. This could be a big move for amd to steal a big part of the server market.
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  • JeTJL
    Is it me or is it that Intel, AMD and all the other chip manufactures making up cryptic names for their products? Like A-series A4-3400 or Core i5-2500k or something? I'm starting to have a hard time differentiating from AMD's A,Z,G,E,C.
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  • illfindu
    whats worse then that JeTJL is the mobile chips i5-2430m are you kidding me? I care about this stuff and i end up having to look it up how any normal laymen on the street could have any clue is beyond me.
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  • I fail to see the relevance of the web server comparison. Go take a look at datacenters around the globe and see what OS their web servers run on. MS Server or RHEL/SLES.
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  • Are we better off today than we were twenty years ago? I guess the answer lies in if we rule the technology or the technology rules us.
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  • tomfreak
    so when can I get x86 version of raspberry pi?
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  • punnar
    with everything seems to be goin cloud based, this is a very good move for amd.
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