AMD's graphics division, formerly known as ATI, has officially unveiled its latest creation: a discrete GPU for embedded computing applications, offering significantly improved performance over its existing products.
Coinciding with the impending launch of embedded Celeron CPUs from rival Intel, AMD's Radeon E6760 builds on the company's Radeon HD platform to deliver a single-chip GPU for high performance 2D and 3D graphics in embedded applications.
Designed to replace the company's existing Radeon E4690, the new part comes with a raised thermal design profile of 35W, up from 25W, despite a process shrink to 40nm. For those that can spare a bit more power in their designs - and have the required cooling capability - those ten watts give the user a whole host of new features.
Despite an identical maximum GPU frequency of 600MHz, the new PCI Express 2.1-based E6760 boasts 576 gigaflops of floating-point performance compared to its predecessors 384 gigaflops, while support for DirectX 11, Shader Model 5.0, and OpenGL 4.1 makes a welcome appearance for the first time in the company's embedded line-up.
The memory is boosted from 512MB to 1GB of GDDR5, and while the memory bus is still 128-bits wide, a jump to 800MHz means a throughput of 3.2Gb/s over the older model's 1.4Gb/s - a significant improvement for memory-intensive graphics processing tasks.
The stand-out feature of the E6760, however, is its support for multi-display outputs. Tapping in to the Eyefinity technology which has been a feature of AMD's desktop cards for quite some time, the new embedded GPU offers up to six display outputs - two from VGA, DVI, LVDS, or HDMI along with a further four from DisplayPort connectivity.
With six HDCP keys per GPU, the E6760 could rapidly become the chip of choice for multi-display video playback systems - and AMD has included hardware acceleration of H.264, VC-1, MPEG4, and MPEG2 video streams to help things along.
Finally, the chip also includes support for GPU offload via the AMD Stream SDK, with full OpenCL 1.1 support - in the hopes that the chip, with its 480 procesing elements, will be a popular choice for those looking to create energy-efficient parallel processing platforms.
Although AMD has confirmed that the E6760 will be a staple of its roadmap for the next five years - reassuring OEMs who wish to make the chip part of their designs that it will remain available for at least that period - it has yet to confirm pricing.