AMD boosts embedded prescence with new ARM and x86 chips

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As part of its strategy to move away from the dwindling pc market, AMD has introduced a new generation of processor designs for embedded systems – including its first ARM based product.

The company's 2014 lineup includes two x86 apus and cpus, an ARM SoC, a new family of discrete AMD Embedded Radeon gpus and a new apu SoC codenamed Steppe Eagle. Two new Embedded R-Series processor families will also be launched early next year; the Hierofalcon cpu SoC family - based on the ARM Cortex-A57 architecture - and the Bald Eagle apu and cpu offering - based on the x86 microprocessor architecture. The upcoming Steppe Eagle apu SoC is designed to extend the low power characteristics of the current Embedded G-Series SoC family. Hierofalcon, meanwhile, is the first 64bit ARM based platform from AMD targeting embedded applications, communications infrastructure and industrial solutions. Featuring two 64bit ddr3/4 channels with error correction code, Hierofalcon will include up to eight ARM Cortex-A57 cpus expected to run up to 2GHz. The series also provides security features with support for ARM TrustZone technology and a dedicated cryptographic security co-processor. It is expected to be sampling in the second quarter of 2014, with production slated for the second half of the year. Tom Cronk, executive vice president and general manager of ARM's processor division, commented: "AMD has quickly embraced the need to deliver the right SoC for the right task in one of the industry's most comprehensive product portfolios for the embedded community. "The addition of devices based on the 64bit ARM Cortex-A57 processor to their embedded roadmap gives designers of high performance embedded systems a solution that delivers incredible savings in terms of both energy and system cost."