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AMD outs 2nd-gen Embedded R-series APUs, CPUs

Posted: 22 May 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:AMD  APU  CPU  embedded application  Linux 

AMD has released its 2nd generation AMD Embedded R-series accelerated processing unit (APU) and CPU family (previously codenamed "Bald Eagle") engineered for embedded applications. The solutions are aimed at gaming machines, medical imaging, digital signage, industrial control and automation (IC&A), communications and networking infrastructure that require industry-leading compute and graphics processing technology, detailed the company.

The 2nd generation AMD R-series APU and CPU solutions are designed for mid- to high-end visual and parallel compute-intensive embedded applications with support for Linux, RTOS and Windows operating systems. The solutions range from 2.2-3.6GHz CPU frequency with max boost, based on AMD's latest CPU architecture (codenamed: "Steamroller") and 533-686MHz GPU frequency based on AMD's latest Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, designed to advance the visual growth and parallel processing capabilities of embedded applications, the company stated.

The APU portfolio claims to be the first embedded processor to incorporate HSA features, enabling applications to distribute workloads to run on the best compute element (e.g., CPU, GPU or a specialised accelerator such as video decode) for up to 44 per cent more 3D graphics performance and up to 46 per cent more compute performance than comparable Intel Haswell Core-i CPUs, added AMD.

As a gold-level member of the Yocto Project, a Linux Foundation Collaboration Project, and as part of a recent multiyear agreement with Mentor Graphics, embedded systems developers now have access to customised embedded Linux development and commercial support on the 2nd generation AMD Embedded R-series family through Mentor Embedded Linux and Sourcery CodeBench, as well as Mentor Embedded Linux Lite available at no cost.

The 2nd generation AMD Embedded R-series family is designed for embedded applications with industry-leading, 10-year longevity, dual-channel memory with error-correcting code (ECC), DDR3-2133 support and configurable TDP for system design flexibility to optimise the processor at a lower TDP, noted AMD.

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