AMD 3W G-Series SOC on a Q7 module: backplane signal problems probed

February 26, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
congatec has used the AMD silicon to derive the conga-QG, that requires 33% less power than its previous module with AMD G-Series and offers optimised graphics performance.

The AMD Embedded G-Series SOC in this configuration combines the improved processing power of the "Jaguar" processor with the graphics core of AMD Radeon 8000 technology. congatec currently offers three processors from the AMD Embedded G-Series SOC platform in the Qseven form factor. The AMD GX-210HA 1.0 GHz dual core (L2 cache 1MB) with 9W thermal design power (TDP) and the AMD GX-210JA 1.0 GHz dual core (L2 cache 1MB) with 6W TDP and an expected average power consumption of just 3W in a standard application will both be offered. For extreme environments, the module is also available in extended temperature range of -40°C to +85°C with the AMD GX-209HA 1.0 GHz dual core (L2 cache 1MB). This AMD G-Series SOC is designed to require 33% less power than previously available AMD G-Series processors.

The module offers multimedia performance, high performance-per-watt ratios and flexible task distribution between CPU and GPU. The fanless module design is suitable for cost-sensitive applications in the control and automation industry, digital gaming, communications infrastructures, and graphics-rich devices such as thin clients, digital information boards and medical-imaging equipment.

Thanks to on-board error-correction code (ECC) memory support, the module is also suitable for safety-critical situations and applications in harsh environments. It can be optionally equipped with up to 8 GB ECC DDR3L memory chips. The correction mode of this memory type can detect and correct both single and double bit errors. It therefore differs significantly from the so-called "parity bit", where errors can be detected but not corrected.