AMD scales performance, price & power across embedded line

1st March 2016
Nat Bowers

AMD has announced its 3rd gen AMD Embedded G-series SoCs and the Embedded G-series LX SoC, providing customers a broadened portfolio of performance options. The latest offerings expand developers’ ability to scale x86 platforms, starting with the entry-level AMD Embedded G-series LX SoC, which is pin compatible to the previous generation G-series SoC devices.

AMD has also announced two new, higher performing 3rd gen AMD Embedded G-series SoCs, codenamed 'Prairie Falcon' and 'Brown Falcon', which introduce pin compatibility to the G-series processors with the higher performance AMD Embedded R-series SoC.

The new products expand upon the low power capabilities of the award-winning AMD Embedded G-series SoC platform, bringing scalable performance, power and price across the CPU, GPU, multimedia and I/O controller hardware, helping to lower development costs for AMD customers. Together, these G-series processors deliver immersive, graphically rich experiences across a broad range of platforms, from entry-level to mainstream gaming, digital signage, imaging and industrial control.

Scott Aylor, Corporate Vice President and General Manager, AMD Enterprise Solutions, commented: “The latest AMD Embedded G-series SoC additions offer our customers a broad range of mainstream embedded solutions, including two that are in the same package as the higher-performance R-series. The new SoCs further our commitment to provide embedded design engineers with an evolutionary path toward the highest levels of power efficient compute and graphics capabilities and a strong value proposition for a broad range of embedded applications.”

The new G-series’ balanced set of peripheral support, performance options and overall energy efficiency are expected to make an immediate impact with AMD customers and the embedded ecosystem.

“The embedded market is an incredibly dynamic space right now, enabled by more immersive graphics and significant gains in power efficiency and performance. The advent of versatile SoC solutions that are pin-compatible across a range of performance and price, coupled with comprehensive embedded software stacks, are giving product engineers a much greater range of choices in building dynamic, graphically rich next-gen systems,” said Shane Rau, IDC.

Embedded G-series LX family SoC

The Embedded G-series LX SoC is a low-power x86 SoC offering compelling performance for the price with advanced multimedia and display features. It features two 'Jaguar' CPU cores with support for ECC and Graphics Core Next (GCN), as well as support for DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.3 and OpenCL 1.2. The Embedded G-series LX SoC is suited for numerous applications, including retail point-of-sale terminals, digital signage, arcade gaming and industrial control. The AMD Embedded G-series LX SoC uses the same FT3b socket as its predecessor, codenamed 'Steppe Eagle', and provides a higher performance migration path for AMD Geode customers.

Key features:

  • Two 'Jaguar' x86 cores;
  • AMD Radeon GCN graphics;
    • Multi-format encode & decode.
    • Multiple display technology - HDMI 2.0, DP 1.2, eDP 1.4.
  • 6~15W TDP;
  • Single-channel DDR3;
  • AMD Secure Processor; and
  • Industrial temperature - extended temperature SKUs.

3rd gen AMD Embedded G-series SoC

The low-power AMD Embedded G-series is designed to deliver an immersive, graphically rich experience and smooth system performance, all in a compact, energy efficient SoC with low power consumption and significant memory bandwidth for mainstream embedded applications. With impressive gains in compute and graphics performance compared to the prior generation embedded G-Series, the new additions to the lineup are ideal for thin clients, IP STBs, TVs, casino gaming, industrial control and automation, digital signage and communications networks. The new models include 'Excavator' x86 CPU cores and 3rd gen GCN graphics with support for OpenGL ES, OpenCL, DirectX 12 and EGL. For greater design flexibility, the 3rd gen Embedded G-series SoCs and the AMD Embedded R-series SoC announced last year are also all pin compatible.

Key features:

  • Up to two 'Excavator' x86 cores;
  • AMD Radeon graphics (up to 4 GCN compute units);
  • 4K x 2K H.265 decode (10-bit compatibility on select devices) & multi-format encode & decode;
  • Multiple display technology - HDMI 2.0, DP 1.2, eDP 1.4;
  • 6~15W TDP;
  • Up to two channels DDR4/DDR3;
  • Integrated AMD Secure Processor; and
  • 10-year planned longevity.

The first 3rd gen AMD Embedded G-series SoCs are available immediately with additional offerings planned in the first and second quarter of this year. The first AMD Embedded G-series LX products are expected to be available in March.

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