Yesterday, at the Embedded Systems Conference, AMD announced a new embedded Radeon GPU
, the E6760. Unlike its previous offerings in this segment, the E6760 is capable of driving up to six displays and supports OpenCL. "The AMD Radeon E6760 GPU provides customers with superior business economics through long lifecycle management and product stability,” said Richard Jaenicke, director of Embedded Client Business for AMD. “Embedded system designers faced with power and density constraints now have a solution that delivers the advanced 3D graphics and multimedia features they require in this performance-driven market.
The embedded systems market is enormous; it encompasses ATMs, arcade/3D games, to industrial applications. While the needs of these systems are typically modest, AMD is trying to upsell the value and flexibility of its Radeon series into potentially receptive markets.
We remember when enthusiast video cards had stats like those above.
The E6760 also adds support for UVD (Universal Video Decoder) 3. This continues AMD's policy of making its 6000-series UVD3 compatible, with the possible exception of the 6700 series (these are relabeled 5700 cards that may not have UVD 3 support). As for its displays, the E6760 can drive four displays using DisplayPort 1.1 and six displays using DP 1.2. It's maximum supported resolution per display is 4096x2160, and HDMI 1.3 is also supported.
AMD also spends some time talking up Stream (now known as ATI App Acceleration.) The company's decision to do so jives with what it told us last week; AMD is ready to focus on GPGPU in a more serious way. Part of its strategy is to focus on every aspect of the market, from high-end HPC work to mid-range client applications down to embedded systems and the mobile market.
The 6760 is best thought of as one member of a family—AMD's goal is to increase Llano's attractiveness in the mainstream market while extending benefits to all of its segments. It may even be possible to hook Llano's GPU up to an E6760; the company's press release notes: "The AMD Radeon E6760 GPU can be paired with AMD’s upcoming high-performance A-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APU) codenamed “Llano” to offer additional graphics capability and additional parallel computing power."
AMD brought the ability to link discrete and integrated GPUs years ago. The tech has mostly sat unnoticed since, but it's fair to guess that Sunnyvale would prefer to give users the option to link dGPU and iGPU whenever doing so might result in improved performance. Given the recent OpenCL
conference AMD has announced
, we expect to hear more about the company's plans for Llano and APU's in general in the near future.