AMD aims at embedded markets with G-Series System-on-Chip

by CXOtoday News Desk    Apr 23, 2013


AMD is increasingly shifting its focus on the embedded and device markets with the launch of the Embedded G-Series, a system-on-a-chip (SoC) that combines its APU technology with a range of common I/O interfaces thatdrastically reduces  the cost of building intelligent devices. With AMD’s next-generation Jaguar CPU cores and GPU equivalent to Radeon 8000 Series graphics, the Embedded G-Series sets the bar for SOC design, according to the company.

AMD already has a G-series APU (accelerated processing unit) for the embedded market, but the existing chip did not have a built-in I/O. The company claimed that the SoC has more than twice the power of that chip and five times the graphics performance of rival Intel’s Atom chips. Embedded systems are increasingly driving intelligence into new areas of our lives. Like the existing chip, the new Embedded G-Series SoC is aimed at applications such as thin client terminals, storage and network appliances and set-top boxes, in addition to kiosks, in-vehicle entertainment and industrial process control or any application with high-performance processor to fit into a constrained space. The company said this is in tandem with its growing interest in the ‘internet of things’.

“With a 33 per cent smaller footprint, low power consumption and exceptional performance, the new AMD Embedded G-Series SoC sets the bar for content-rich, multimedia and traditional workload processing that is ideal for a broad variety of embedded applications,” said Arun Iyengar, vice president and general manager for Embedded Solutions, AMD.

As far as specifications are concerned, the chip is built using a 28nm process and measures only about 600mm2, despite having four CPU cores, GPU and on-board I/O controller that supports dual display outputs, PCI Express and Sata interfaces, USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, plus low pin count (LPC) and serial peripheral interface (SPI). The entry GX-210HA version of the chip has two cores and is clocked at 1GHz, but this can increase up to 2GHz for the quad-core GX-420CA version. All chips support 1600MHz DDR3 memory, save for the entry model that only support 1333MHz. A GX-416RA version is also available without GPU.

According to Iyer, the new embedded G-Series SoC supports Microsoft’s Windows Embedded 8 and Linux out of the gate, and will be available later this quarter.