AMD details its embedded Bobcat thrust

AMD has detailed its line-up of embedded offerings at the Embedded World show in Germany this week,showing off three new low-power processors for the its G-Series platform

Featuring AMD's 'Bobcat' CPU core, the new processors are available in 5W and 18W power bands and provide what AMD calls "advanced computational features not available in competitive x86 solutions". These include out-of-order execution, a high-performance floating point unit, across-the-board 64-bit capability, and multi-core options.

"We know that the ground-breaking AMD Embedded G-Series APUs address a significant trend toward a high-performance visual component in many embedded systems, but there also remains a core market that can benefit from a stand-alone Bobcat-based CPU and we are responding to that need," said Buddy Broeker from AMD. "It's critical that we support our embedded customers not only with a wide selection of the best possible x86 platform solutions, but with the entire ecosystem they need to design and develop highly differentiated embedded systems. Thus the AMD Fusion Partner Program, as well as our coreboot support and new storage system RDK are significant developments in providing comprehensive embedded solutions."

AMD's Fusion Partner Program offers embedded systems makers incentives, tools, training and technical resources.

According to AMD marketeer David Kenyon the scheme "marks a major turning point for AMD's Embedded Solutions business, and our embedded solutions partners. By extending the AMD Fusion Partner Program to our embedded partners, we're offering the tools, training and technical resources to help them succeed in today's competitive marketplace."

The support includes a Reference Design Kit for storage and media servers aimed at small and medium businesses and home offices. It supports the forthcoming Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2011, as well as Linux, and is based on AMD Turion II Neo and AMD Athlon II Neo processors with the AMD SR5650 chipset.

The reference design features ECC memory, RAID, and up to four SATA drives for a system that allows easy access to and protection of business-critical data on the network.

AMD has also released source code for coreboot, an open-source BIOS option that initialises hardware and boot logic for systems based on Microsoft Windows and Linux.

"The source code contribution for the AMD Embedded G-Series platform is a major milestone for the coreboot project," said Marc Jones, a coreboot developer at Sage Electronic Engineering. "AMD has recognised the role of open source in a growing embedded market and is providing unprecedented support just weeks after the initial launch of their ground-breaking new APU."