AMD G-Series is first embedded APU

AMD G-Series is first embedded APU

AMD has today unveiled the newest member of its Fusion APU family, the Embedded G-Series processor.

The combined central and graphics processor is designed for use in embedded environments, and will eventually replace the company’s current and longstanding Geode line.

The G-Series incorporates an x86 CPU with a DirectX 11-capable GPU along with an integrated DDR3 memory controller on the same die. Dirk Mayer would be proud of the launch if he wasn’t at home licking his wounds.

The chip is based upon the “Bobcat” low-power core, which comes with single or dual-core flavours, with a 9 Watt or 18 Watt TDP and speeds up to 1.6 GHz. Each core has 1MB of L2 cache.

AMD Bobcat

AMD said the AMD Embedded G-Series processor, is the world’s first and only Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) for embedded systems – which it  would be since the chip maker is the only firm making what it has called APUs.

In a statement, Patrick Patla, corporate vice president and general manager, of AMD’s Server and Embedded Division said: “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.”

Systems based on the AMD Embedded G-Series are coming from the likes of Advansus, Compulab, Congatec, Fujitsu, Haier, iEi, Kontron, Mitec, Quixant, Sintrones, Starnet, WebDT, Wyse, and many others, AMD said.

The chips will be making their way into digital signage kits, Internet-ready set top boxes, mobile and desktop thin clients, casino gaming machines, point-of-sale kiosks, and tiddly PCs, as well as numerous single-board computers (SBCs).

AMD said market watcher IDC expects shipments of processors for embedded systems to increase at a double-digit rate each year for the next five years.

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