AMD grows embedded G-Series processors with pin-compatible SoCs and CPUs

June 05, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
x86 AMD Embedded G-Series system-on-chip (SoC) and central processing unit (CPU) solutions ar configured for embedded applications, including early adoption by HP for thin client deployment in healthcare, finance, education and retail, as well as Advantech for industrial applications in rugged environments.

The product families expand upon the high-performance, low-power capabilities of the Embedded G-Series platform, bringing integrated security with error-correction code (ECC) memory support, dual- and quad-core variants, and a discrete-class GPU and I/O controller on the same die. These G-Series processors are pin-compatible across the AMD G-Series SoC and CPU family for ease of scalability among embedded applications, including communications and networking infrastructure, industrial control and automation (IC&A), thin clients, gaming machines, and digital signage.

Codenamed: “Steppe Eagle” in development, the Embedded G-Series SoC suits rugged and harsh environments, including IC&A applications with offerings for ultra low-power solutions down to 5W TDP with configurable TDP (cTDP) features, to high-performance deployments with up to 53% more overall performance compared to previous G-Series SoC solutions. Advantech's new industrial-grade Mini-ITX motherboard AIMB-225 employs quad- and dual-core AMD Embedded G-Series SoC processors, resulting in ultra low power consumption and advanced graphics performance for rugged applications such as ATMs, kiosks, automation, medical equipment and gaming machines.

Processors in the new AMD Embedded G-Series SoC family now include enhanced security features, with the AMD platform security processor (PSP) built upon the ARM TrustZone architecture, and are designed to protect against malicious access to sensitive data and operations at the hardware level, making them an ideal fit for cloud-based thin client solutions.

Codenamed “Crowned Eagle”, the second series of G-Series introductions, with 64-bit processing based on dual- or quad-core x86 CPU architecture, is suited for networking and communications infrastructure applications. These CPUs deliver 1.2 – 2.0 GHz and a feature set including integrated PCI-E Gen 2.0, USB3.0, SATA ports, and single-channel DDR3-1600 memory with ECC support.

An on-chip PSP offloads Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) functionality, for control and data plane functionality, resulting in cost-optimised, fan-less security appliances, storage controllers and Network Attached Storage appliances. The integration of a wide variety of peripherals, combined with the ability to deliver a claimed 34% more CPU-centric performance-per-dollar than competing Intel