AMD introduces low energy consumption G-Series APU

2nd August 2013
Nat Bowers

AMD have today introduced the newest member of the award-winning AMD G-Series SOC family, the GX-210JA Accelerated Processing Unit. Reducing x86 power requirements for embedded designs, the new GX-210JA APU is a full System-on-Chip design which uses one-third less energy than its predecessor. Offering industry-leading graphics capabilities, the new APU features 6 watts maximum thermal design power and approximately 3 watts expected average power.

The GX-210JA enables fanless designs for applications such as industrial controls and automation, digital gaming, communications infrastructure, and visual embedded products including thin client, digital signage and medical imaging.

Arun Iyengar, vice president and general manager, AMD Embedded Systems, commented: "The advance of APU processor design, the Surround Computing era, and The Internet of Things has created the demand for embedded devices that are low power but also offer excellent compute and graphics performance. AMD Embedded G-Series SOC products offer unparalleled compute, graphics and I/O integration, resulting in fewer board components, low-power use, and reduced complexity and overhead cost. The new GX-210JA operates at an average of approximately 3 watts, enabling a new generation of fanless designs for content-rich, multimedia and traditional workload processing."

With ever faster product design cycle times, engineers are under pressure to quickly deliver compelling solutions to meet fast-paced market dynamics. Engineers need scalable, energy-efficient embedded processing solutions with robust I/O from a proven vendor that combine cutting-edge technology and easy integration with peripheral components to create purpose-built solutions.

Colin Barnden, principal analyst at Semicast Research, comments: "At only 6W TDP, the GX-210JA adds to the scalable offering of the AMD Embedded G-Series family, and provides engineers with greater design choice and flexibility while keeping software overhead costs at a minimum by leveraging the same architecture across the product family."

Part of the AMD Embedded G-Series SOC processor family, the GX-210JA offers superior performance per watt in the low-power x86-compatible product category with 6W - 25W TDP options. The family includes:

  • Industrial temperature range of -40°C to +85°C and available with dual- or quad-core CPUs;
  • Enterprise-class Error-Correction Code memory support;
  • Integrated I/O controller;
  • Discrete-class AMD Radeon GPU.

The AMD Embedded G-Series SOC platform, including the GX-210JA, is currently shipping. AMD supports a comprehensive ecosystem of industry-leading embedded solution providers supporting and/or announcing market-ready products powered by the AMD Embedded G-Series SOC. "AMD multi-core APUs have played a key role in powering our latest cloud client platforms with excellent performance in an extremely compact and efficient form factor. As the newest dual-core member of the AMD Embedded G-Series SOC family, the AMD GX-210JA offers the right level of performance, low-energy use, I/O integration and operating system support, plus a small footprint that should further simplify build requirements. It's designed to extend the AMD embedded processor legacy to the next level of performance and efficiency which we find especially exciting," commented Kiran Rao, director of Hardware Platforms, Dell Wyse.

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