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AMD debuts low power embedded apu

Targeted at very low power, small form factor and cost sensitive embedded designs that require a combination of x86 compatibility and graphics, AMD's new G-T16R apu is said to consume just 2.3W on average or 4.5W thermal design power.

The company claims the device, which forms part of its Embedded G-Series processor family, offers embedded product designers a seamless upgrade path for legacy applications. Implementing a two chip platform, the device is optimised to fit into small form factor boards and features legacy I/O card support based on a full 32bit PCI interface and an ISA bus solution with DMA support. There is also support for a range of display technologies.

"With the AMD G-T16R apu, we were striving for that critical balance of performance, power efficiency and cost for power, and cost sensitive embedded applications, and we've achieved it," said Arun Iyengar, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD Embedded Solutions. "This new apu helps to enable small form factor and fanless designs with power consumption of just 2.3W on average."

For users of the AMD Geode LX processor family, AMD claims the G-T16R APU offers a cost effective upgrade path, consuming about 7% less power and three times the performance of the 2.45W AMD Geode LX processor, while reducing the overall chip footprint by 58%. Support for the latest ddr3 memory is said to help reduce memory costs for legacy applications while enabling higher memory speed and capacity.

Laura Hopperton

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