AMD Announces Lower Power G-Series APU System-on-Chip For Embedded Designs

AMD expanded its line of low-power G-series APUs with the GX-210JA, a full SoC design for x86-based embedded systems that the company says uses a third less energy than even its own previous embedded G-series chips, with a TDP of just 6W.

Further, AMD says that the chip’s “average power” is a mere 3W. Like the recent Intel announcement about a Haswell chip with a 4.5W SDP (which, as we mentioned, is not an apples-to-apples comparison with TDP), the GX-210JA is designed for fanless designs. The AMD chip could find its way into fields ranging from industrial controls to digital gaming to digital signage and thin client computing.

AMD G-Series platform block diagram
AMD G-Series platform block diagram

"AMD Embedded G-Series SOC products offer unparalleled compute, graphics and I/O integration, resulting in fewer board components, low-power use, and reduced complexity and overhead cost,” said Arun Iyengar, vice president and general manager, AMD Embedded Systems. “The new GX-210JA operates at an average of approximately 3 watts, enabling a new generation of fanless designs for content-rich, multimedia and traditional workload processing."

Features of the embedded G-series chips include dual- and quad-core options, enterprise-class Error-Correction Code (ECC) memory support, temperature range of -40°C to +85°C, discrete-class AMD Radeon GPU, and an integrated I/O controller. The GX-210JA is now shipping.