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AMD refreshes range of embedded CPUs, introduces Updated Barcelona

AMD has had a few busy days lately as they launched the a trio of embedded low-power, high performance dual core processors for specific segments like kiosks, point of sales, gaming machines or similar devices.

The 3400e, 3600+ and 4200+ dissipate between 22 and 35 watts and can be paired with AMD's new M690E chipset and are expected to have a five year life expectancy or more.

The processors will be compatible with existing AM2 sockets but don't expect them to be sold off the shelves of Amazon or the likes.

The announcement came at the Storage Networking World where AMD also previewed the AMD Socket AM2 processor-based Storage Bridge Bay (SBB) reference design kit (RDK).

AMD already has an extensive range of embedded processors and silicon, starting from the minuscule AMD Geode processors all the way to high-end embedded designs with the AMD Opteron processors.

In other related AMD news, the company has finally released its updated, 6-month late Quad-Core Opteron "Barcelona" Server processor which was affected by a major technical glitch.

Already eight tier-1 OEMs have signified their intention to sell as many Barcelona cores as possible; HP and Dell already have Quad Socket servers out there starting as low as £4000.

AMD just need to make sure this time around they will be able to produce enough parts to satisfy the demand.

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