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AMD Introduces Low-Power G-T16R APU, Extends Platform Availability

Question asked by cooltwins in #Coffee Room on Jun 25, 2012
cooltwins · Jun 25, 2012
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AMD introduced the latest entry to the AMD Embedded G-Series processor family - the AMD Embedded G-T16R Accelerated Processing Unit (APU). The AMD G-T16R requires a combination of x86 compatibility and graphics as it aims for very low power, small form factor and cost-sensitive embedded designs. It does indeed reduce power consumption, with power consumption of just 2.3 watts on average or 4.5 watts thermal design power (TDP). The chips include a multi-core x86 CPU and GPU and thus ensure the compatibility between the “legacy, current, future technologies”.


Main aims of embedded product designers are to design a broad range of next-generation applications for the industrial control, point-of-sale, medical appliance and transportation markets. And the use of APU in factories can help create greener factories due to the more power-efficient factory hardware. Also, applications like point-of-sale order entry stations and tablets, medical bedside terminals and even solar-powered traffic control devices can be developed using the AMD G-T16R.

The new AMD Embedded G-Series APU allows the embedded product designers to perform a seamless upgrade path for legacy applications. "It's critical that the latest AMD Embedded G-Series APUs provide compatibility with existing x86 processors while supporting the latest interface technologies," said Jim McGregor, principal analyst of TIRIAS Research. There are at least 50 standard form factor motherboards available supporting the AMD Embedded G-Series platform. This enhanced compatibility is a boon to the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) as it gives them a variety of board options to design into their system solutions. The platform includes both the APU and its companion controller hub, which have a total combined footprint of just 890 mm2. Thus it gives three times the performance, but reduces the chip footprint by 58 percentage along with a seven percent decrease in power consumption compared to AMD Geode™ LX processor.

It can reduce product development and life cycle costs thanks to a common scalable platform design that spans the entire AMD Embedded G-Series. The list of AMD's advantages include enabling one design to serve multiple product configurations, simplifying the supply chain, helping reduce operational complexity, enabling better platform economics, availability at extremely accessible price points, allowing designers to easily incorporate it into cost-sensitive embedded applications.

The AMD Embedded G-T16R APU supports Windows® Embedded Compact 7, Green Hills INTEGRITY and Express Logic ThreadX® operating systems. It also allows applications that leverage these popular embedded and real-time operating systems to easily migrate to the new platform. Also AMD is extending the planned availability for the entire AMD Embedded G-Series processor family through 2017, thus resetting the five-year clock for both existing and new designs.

Via: Engadget  Posted in: #Coffee Room

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