AMD lowers G-Series APU energy consumption

August 15, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
This dual-core x86 System-on-Chip APU offers high performance at approximately 3W average power for visual and fanless designs to further the concept of “Surround Computing”.

AMD has announced a low-power Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) in its G-Series SOC family with the GX-210JA, further reducing x86 power requirements for embedded designs. The GX-210JA APU, a full System-on-Chip (SoC) design, uses one-third less energy than the previous low-power Embedded G-Series SOC product while providing full graphics capabilities. At only 6W maximum thermal design power (TDP), and approximately 3W expected average power*, AMD expects that this G-Series device will enable additional fanless designs for a variety of applications ranging from industrial controls and automation, digital gaming, communications infrastructure and visual embedded products including thin client, digital signage and medical imaging.

"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," said Arun Iyengar, vice president and general manager, AMD Embedded Systems. "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 GX-210JA is part of the AMD Embedded G-Series SOC processor family that offers high performance per watt in the low-power x86-compatible product category with 6W - 25W TDP options**. The family 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;

Integrated I/O controller.

Current AMD Embedded G-Series SOC models comprise;

GX-420CA SOC with AMD Radeon HD 8400E Graphics

Quad-core, 25W TDP, CPU freq. 2.0GHz, GPU freq. 600MHz

GX-415GA SOC with AMD Radeon HD 8330E Graphics

Quad-core, 15W TDP, CPU freq. 1.50GHz, GPU freq. 500MHz

GX-217GA SOC with AMD Radeon HD 8280E Graphics

Dual-core, 15W TDP, CPU freq. 1.65GHz, GPU freq. 450MHz

GX-210HA SOC with AMD Radeon HD 8210E Graphics

Dual-core, 9W TDP, CPU freq. 1.0GHz, GPU freq. 300MHz

GX-416RA SOC

Quad-Core, 15W, CPU Freq. 1.6GHz, No GPU

GX-210JA SOC with AMD