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Oh, the places Fusion will go. Or, the APU, at least. AMD's Fusion launch earlier this year has us more than eager to see companies embrace it. The Atom platform has needed real competition for years, and we're hoping that Fusion will be the product that finally offers it. But there's a much larger market out there than just the netbook and mobile notebook crowd. AMD's new Embedded G-Series platform is said to be the world's first and only APU for embedded systems, which integrates a new x86 core with a GPU and DirectX 11 support.


The new Embedded G-Series is based on Fusion technology, and AMD claims that this solution will deliver a delivers a complete, full-featured embedded platform and using the new low-power, x86 CPU based on the “Bobcat” core with a DirectX 11-capable GPU and parallel processing engine on a single piece of silicon. Numerous 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.



What's most promising about this is the future applications. Generally, embedded systems have been low-power, and not totally exciting. They typically handle small, mundane tasks. But with some real power behind the silicon, it's possible that embedded systems like this could cover tasks that we use bona fide PCs for today. AMD hopes to see this tech integrated into digital signage, internet-ready set-top boxes, mobile / desktop thin clients, casino machines, POS kiosks, and even SFF PCs. A few of those really stand out. What if Roku could drive down cost and offer greater resolution with this solution? What if Shuttle could actually make an even smaller SFF PC that could handle modern day gaming titles?

We're hoping that these questions are answered soon, and of course, only the benchmarks will be truly able to tell whether or not we're onto something good here.



AMD Delivers the World’s First and Only APU for Embedded Systems
The low-power AMD Embedded G-Series platform uniquely meets today’s market trends, provides embedded market a brand new x86 core integrated with GPU and DirectX® 11 support

SUNNYVALE, Calif. —1/19/2011

AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced immediate availability of the new AMD Embedded G-Series processor, the world’s first and only Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) for embedded systems. The AMD Embedded G-Series, based on AMD Fusion technology, delivers a complete, full-featured embedded platform and incorporates the new low-power, x86 CPU based on the “Bobcat” core with a world-class DirectX® 11-capable GPU and parallel processing engine on a single piece of silicon.

    * This new class of accelerated processor combines more compute capabilities on a single die than any processor in the history of computing and represents opportunity for major advancements in embedded systems.
    * No solution with this level of advanced computing is available for the embedded market today.
    * Numerous 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.
    * Expected products include graphics-intensive solutions like digital signage, internet-ready set top boxes, mobile and desktop thin clients, casino gaming machines, point-of-sale kiosks, and small form factor PCs, as well as numerous single board computers (SBCs).
    * Shane Rau, research director of Computing and Storage Semiconductors at IDC, expects shipments of processors for embedded systems to increase at a double digit rate each year for the next five years.
    * This brand new platform continues AMD’s mission to lower power, shrink physical component area, and reduce the costs of designing and producing x86 embedded systems.

“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.”

AMD has assessed many of the trends shaping today’s embedded market, including the ever-pressing need for power efficiency and a small footprint, along with high CPU performance, full feature sets, and a strong graphics solution. The embedded market is one where differentiation can be critical to the long-term success of a design. The AMD Embedded G-Series APU provides a small, open and flexible platform where system designers can be creative yet still meet strict requirements around development cost.
Design and Development Support

    * The open development ecosystem for the AMD Embedded G-Series platform includes multiple BIOS options, support for various Microsoft Windows®, Linux, and real-time operating systems, the integrated OpenCLTM programming environment, and source-level debug tools.
    * AMD provides a dedicated design support team to help customers create distinctive new products and bring them to market quickly.
    * Online resources include an embedded developer portal, AMD embedded product selection guide and customer-submitted details on available boards and complete systems.

AMD Embedded G-Series APU Specifications

    * 1 or 2 x86 “Bobcat” CPU cores with 1MB L2 cache, 64-bit Floating Point Unit
    * Up to 1.6GHz
    * 9W and 18W TDP
    * Array of SIMD Engines
          o DirectX® 11 capable graphics
          o 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
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realneil replied on Wed, Jan 19 2011 8:07 PM

Cool tech.

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CDeeter replied on Wed, Jan 19 2011 8:49 PM

I can't wait much longer! Bring on the products already! I want a new zacate notebook.

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coolice replied on Thu, Jan 20 2011 12:18 PM

I'm curious, why does the first board (first picture) have 2 seriel ports?... why two?

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CDeeter replied on Fri, Jan 21 2011 12:10 PM

Perhaps in the embedded market space serial connections are still valid?

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realneil replied on Sat, Jan 22 2011 1:57 PM

Maybe it's a hookup for a remote or other things.

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