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AMD aims for embedded APUs

Posted: 16 Mar 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Embedded G-Series APUs  Bobcat-based CPU  SMB/SOHO storage reference design kit 

Advanced Micro Devices renews its focus on non-PC applications with the recent unveiling of three new low-power processors aimed at the embedded space. AMD says the G-Series processors are designed for 'headless' systems that do not require high-performance graphics.

"We know the AMD Embedded G-Series APUs address a significant trend towards a high-performance visual component in embedded systems, but there also remains a core market that can benefit from a stand-alone 'Bobcat'-based CPU, and we are responding to that need," said Buddy Broeker, director, Embedded Solutions, AMD.

In addition, AMD has developed a reference design kit for storage systems. The SMB/SOHO storage reference design kit has fully tested schematics and layout source files, and supports the forthcoming Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2011, as well as Linux.

AMD has also released source code for 'coreboot', an open source BIOS option that initializes hardware and boot logic for systems based on Windows and Linux, and is said to be especially relevant for embedded systems based on proprietary or non-traditional OS.

"The source code contribution for the AMD Embedded G-Series platform is a major milestone for the coreboot project," said Marc Jones, coreboot developer, Sage Electronic Engineering.

- Phil Ling
  EE Times

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