AMD targets embedded designs with new version of G-Series SoC

April 24, 2013 // By Nick Flaherty
AMD has launched a new Embedded G-Series System-on-Chip (SOC) platform based on its next-generation “Jaguar” CPU architecture with a shared L2 cache and Radeon 8000 Series graphics.

The new AMD Embedded G-Series SOC platform further signifies a strategic push to focus on high-growth markets outside the PC industry, with an emphasis on embedded systems, from smart TVs and set-top boxes to interactive digital signage and informational kiosks. This supports greater productivity and connectivity and is expected to be a strong driver for Surround Computing, an area of substantial growth in the computing industry.
The AMD Embedded G-Series SOC platform offers up to 113 percent improved CPU performance compared to the prior generation AMD Embedded G-Series APU, and up to a 125 percent advantage compared to the Intel Atom when running multiple industry-standard compute intensive benchmarks1. For embedded applications, the new platform also includes support for DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 4.2x and OpenCL 1.22 that enables parallel processing and high-performance graphics processing, yielding up to a 20 percent graphics improvement over the previous AMD Embedded G-Series APU and greater than 5x advantage over Intel Atom when running multiple industry-standard graphics-intensive benchmarks.
“We have built a treasure trove of industry-leading IP in processors, graphics and multimedia along with the infrastructure to combine these building blocks into unsurpassed embedded SOC solutions,” said Arun Iyengar, vice president and general manager of AMD Embedded Solutions. “With a 33 percent smaller footprint 4, low power consumption and exceptional performance, the new AMD Embedded G-Series SOC sets the bar for content-rich multimedia and traditional workload processing that is ideal for a broad variety of embedded applications.”
The new processor family offers superior performance per watt in the low-power x86-compatible product category with 9W – 25W options5. It includes 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 and an I/O controller.
The AMD Embedded G-Series SOC combines dedicated resources that enable performance with shared resources to help reduce power consumption and die space, and provides developers the flexibility to leverage the