AMD Announces Low-power G-Series 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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • tntom
    I hope it proves to be a strong market for AMD. No where is my Bulldozer.
  • Aravind Aarumugam
    Can't it run on phones?
  • Vearo
    But can it run Dwarf Fortress?
  • MxM
    "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"

    My home is not real enough?
  • Marco925
    ooh exciting, i wanna see some benchmarks
  • AMD_pitbull
    Kudos to AMD for their progressions this year. I have a good feeling you'll be seeing some fun competition coming out soon with AMD and Intel. Nvidia? Well, not sure where they'll be standing soon, as AMD's Fusion is looking like a better deal for the console markets, as well as (stated in the article) the "real world." Maybe they'll pick up VIA to grab an X86 license and jump into the fray with the big boys. Not like Intel isn't trying to do that with Radeon and Nvidia and failing terribly, so, why not jump the other way round? I'd love to see a good three-way battle going on both fronts. Prices for decent hardware would see a nice decrease (probably only 10-20%, but, that adds up fast) and performance would increase quicker. One faltering wouldn't mean less competition for that round of releases, it would just mean they get to progress that much more to keep up. Anyways, enough wishful thinking for now. BD comes out soon, and I have a feeling our wait will not be in vein :)
  • Do these APUs have the same 1080p decoding and audio bitstreaming capabilities as the E-350? If so, then they might be an excellent choice for a media streamer. Imagine XBMC on a cheap set-top box that only uses 5-7 watts.
  • dread_cthulhu
    But can it play Crysis?
  • shadow187
    9290594 said:
    Can't it run on phones?
    Phones require sub-watt operation, don't they?
  • BulkZerker
    Perfect for a NAS / Streaming box.