Tuesday, April 23rd 2013

AMD Unveils New Embedded G-Series System-on-Chip

AMD today announced the new AMD Embedded G-Series System-on-Chip (SOC) platform, a single-chip solution based on the AMD next-generation "Jaguar" CPU architecture and AMD Radeon 8000 Series graphics. The new AMD Embedded G-Series SOC platform further signifies a strategic push to focus on high-growth markets outside the PC industry, with an emphasis on embedded systems. The announcement was made at this year's DESIGN West expo.

Embedded systems are increasingly driving intelligence into new areas of our lives, from smart TVs and set-top boxes to interactive digital signage and informational kiosks. This supports greater productivity and connectivity and is expected to be a strong driver for Surround Computing, an area of substantial growth in the computing industry. Among the forces that are enabling this next-generation computing era are single-chip, SOC solutions that offer smaller size, higher performance and more energy-efficient processors.

The AMD Embedded G-Series SOC platform sets the new bar for SOC design, offering up to 113 percent improved CPU performance compared to the prior generation AMD Embedded G-Series APU, and up to a 125 percent advantage compared to the Intel Atom when running multiple industry-standard compute intensive benchmarks. For embedded applications, the new platform also includes support for DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 4.2x and OpenCL 1.22 that enables parallel processing and high-performance graphics processing, yielding up to a 20 percent graphics improvement over the previous AMD Embedded G-Series APU and greater than 5x advantage over Intel Atom when running multiple industry-standard graphics-intensive benchmarks.

"We have built a treasure trove of industry-leading IP in processors, graphics and multimedia along with the infrastructure to combine these building blocks into unsurpassed embedded SOC solutions," said Arun Iyengar, vice president and general manager, AMD Embedded Solutions. "With a 33 percent 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."

The new processor family offers superior performance per watt in the low-power x86-compatible product category with 9W - 25W options5. It includes:
● enterprise-class Error-Correction Code (ECC) memory support;
● industrial temperature range of -40°C to +85°C and available with dual or quad-core CPUs;
● discrete-class AMD Radeon GPU;
● I/O controller.

The AMD Embedded G-Series SOC combines dedicated resources that enable exceptional performance with shared resources to help reduce power consumption and die space, and provides developers the flexibility to leverage the same board design and software stack for a variety of applications due to the scalability of the new SOC design. The discrete-class graphics integrated into the AMD Embedded G-Series SOC power applications that previously required a separate graphics processor, while the addition of new CPU architecture for the Embedded G-Series SOC platform allows deeply embedded or "headless" systems, which are used in environments without a screen, monitor or input device and do not require a graphics solution.

"As the Internet of Things permeates every aspect of our life from work to home and everything where in between, devices require high performance, I/O connectivity and energy efficiency in smaller packages," said Colin Barnden, principal analyst, Semicast Research. "With this new AMD SOC design, the AMD Embedded G-Series platform offers the perfect mix of high performance, a small footprint, low energy use and full I/O integration to enable smaller form-factor embedded designs, cool and efficient operation, and simplified build requirements. AMD has leapfrogged the competition by combining the power of an x86 CPU and the performance of AMD Radeon graphics with the I/O interconnect all on a single die."

The AMD Embedded G-Series SOC supports Windows Embedded 8 and Linux, and is designed for myriad embedded applications including industrial control and automation, digital signage, electronic gaming systems, SMB storage, IP-TV, medical and network appliances, set-top boxes and more. AMD will ship the AMD G-Series SOC platform with general availability in the second quarter of 2013, followed by a comprehensive ecosystem of industry-leading embedded solution providers supporting and/or announcing market-ready products powered by the AMD Embedded G-Series SOC.

Developer Support and Product Features
Developers working with the AMD Embedded G-Series SOC can implement remote management, virtualization and security capabilities to help reduce deployment costs and increase security and reliability of their AMD Embedded G-Series SOC-based platform through:
● AMD DAS 1.0 featuring DASH 1.1;
● AMD Virtualization technology;
● Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 support.

Next-generation CPU core
● Next-generation "Jaguar" core with innovative, new shared L2 Cache
● Enterprise-class feature of ECC and fast memory support

Excellent AMD Radeon graphics performance-per-watt
● Enhanced Universal Video Decode (UVD) 3 hardware acceleration (H.264, VC-1, MPEG2, etc.) and new video encode capability not available in previous AMD Embedded G-Series APU
● Power efficiency enhancement with clock gating to contribute to overall lower power consumption

Advanced GPU enables parallel processing and high-performance graphics
● Heterogeneous computing for industrial control and automation, communications and other processor heavy applications. OpenCL enables CPU and GPU parallel processing, which benefits applications development in these areas
● Graphics (DirectX 11, OpenGL) and dual independent display; high-resolution support for a superb visual experience
● Expanded software development options and extended application lifetime with advanced graphics APIs

Ideal platform for low-power and high-performance designs
● For Industrial Control and Automation: low-power and heterogeneous computing advantage enabled by the integrated GPU deliver more than 150 GFLOPS of compute performance over and above the compute capability of the x86 CPU cores6
● For Digital Signage: eye-catching, high-definition multimedia content delivery connected through a variety of display technologies (DP, HDMI, VGA, LVDS)
● For Electronic Gaming Machines: dedicated hardware acceleration engines for video decode (UVD) and encode (VCE) as well as digital content management (SAMU)
● For SMB storage: high-performance SOC in a small form factor with a myriad of integrated USB and SATA I/O enables a fanless design, reducing system cost

Models and pricing
Models available at launch include:
● GX-420CA SOC with AMD Radeon HD 8400E Graphics
Quad-core, 25 W TDP, CPU freq. 2.0 GHz, GPU freq. 600 MHz
● GX-415GA SOC with AMD Radeon HD 8330E Graphics
Quad-core, 15 W TDP, CPU freq. 1.50 GHz, GPU freq. 500 MHz
● GX-217GA SOC with AMD Radeon HD 8280E Graphics
Dual-core, 15 W TDP, CPU freq. 1.65 GHz, GPU freq. 450 MHz
● GX-210HA SOC with AMD Radeon HD 8210E Graphics
Dual-core, 9 W TDP, CPU freq. 1.0 GHz, GPU freq. 300 MHz
● GX-416RA SOC
Quad-Core, 15 W, CPU Freq. 1.6 GHz, No GPU

Pricing ranges from $49 - $72 for the SKUs.
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30 Comments on AMD Unveils New Embedded G-Series System-on-Chip

Just out of curiousity nay-sayers...I have two questions.

1. What are the first designs tested on any of the new process at TSMC/GF?

2. Who generally tapes out and produces graphics chips on a process first?

You don't have to believe it...even though they explicitly said it.

Just understand an ARM core is more power efficient in many applicable tasks/scenarios, there are markets AMD wants/needs to get into, some existing markets they feel ARM will work better than x86 (as Intel has indirectly shown to be the case) especially when leveraging HSA in certain power envelopes. ARM cores mean faster time to market on a given process and AMD's graphics guys are typically ready to pounce with a design ready to manufacturer as soon as a new process is open for orders. Example: Jaguar chips on Glo-flos 28nm process. Example: 110, 90, 80, 65, 55, 40 and 28nm at tsmc.

It. Just. Makes. Sense.

I don't understand the doubt. Do you really think they could do worse than Tegra?

nvidia, the company whom generally (gk104 excluded) makes bloated gpus generally not well-designed for the voltage/clock/power/bandwidth specifics of a process surprisingly has ARM chips that under-perform in a given power envelope or use too much power for typical ARM platforms. AMD, the people that took on a 576mm chip with one measuring 256mm and won by leveraging those same specifics, and generally that set up all their chips (apus included) to use bw up as efficiently (Tahiti at stock excluded) as freaking possible want a piece of that market. They are going to challenge, and perhaps personally help forge a way against whatever proprietary crap nvidia/intel attempts to instill on this emerging market with open standards along with a gigantic host of other important players.

Again...not getting how people aren't excited. This...is good. We want this. :confused:
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Resident Wat-man
I'm not saying that they're not doing it as this point. I'm just saying that practically nothing has been said about it so I suspect that their 2013/2014 timeframe is going to be more like 2014 or later. I completely believe that they're designing an ARM based CPU but I don't think we'll see it soon. The rumor mill also has been churning up the possibility that Apple is thinking about moving their laptop platforms to ARM-based processors but I think that's all rumor and speculation. It does make you wonder though, but I think if anything big happens it is going to be further down the road.
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it doesn't matter if it is 10x faster that an Intel or Nvidia equivalent, people will still not buy them. most of them are uneducated and dumb on the matter, they only heard of Intel and NV, and that's what they want.
poor AMD marketing is on of the culprits.
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by: 63jax
it doesn't matter if it is 10x faster that an Intel or Nvidia equivalent, people will still not buy them. most of them are uneducated and dumb on the matter, they only heard of Intel and NV, and that's what they want.
poor AMD marketing is on of the culprits.
Most of them also have their HDD pre-formatted to have two partitions. Then they cry about their disk being full w/ 215KiB free in C: disk and disk D: being 99.9% empty.

In other words, world goes like this:
if (client->cash > 9001)
else if (client->cash > MEH)
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