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'World's first' accelerated processing unit for embedded systems unveiled

The world's first accelerated processing unit (apu) for embedded systems has been unveiled by Advanced Micro Devices. The embedded G Series processor is based on AMD Fusion technology and has been designed to deliver a 'full featured' embedded platform. It incorporates the new low power, x86 cpu based on the 'Bobcat' core with a DirectX 11 capable gpu and parallel processing engine on a single piece of silicon.

According to AMD, the new class of accelerated processor combines more compute capabilities on a single die than any processor in the history of computing. The company says it represents opportunity for major advancements in embedded systems.

A number of embedded systems based on the G Series are available today or expected to launch in the coming weeks, with applications ranging from graphics intensive solutions like digital signage and internet ready set top boxes, to mobile and desktop thin clients and single board computers.

"AMD's commitment is to ensure the game changing technologies we develop for consumers and the enterprise are also available for the vast and growing embedded market," said Patrick Patla, corporate vice president and general manager, Server and Embedded Division, AMD. "Today, we have a record number of embedded launch partners. They are using the unique advancements of the AMD Embedded G Series apu to develop a brand new generation of highly differentiated, energy efficient, small form factor embedded systems that can deliver the vivid visual experience expected in our always-connected world."

The open development ecosystem for the G Series platform includes multiple bios options, support for various Microsoft Windows, Linux, and rtos, the integrated OpenCL programming environment, and source level debug tools.

Chris Shaw

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