Computex 2014: AMD unveils new x86 Embedded G-Series SoC and CPU solutions

At Computex 2014, AMD has unveiled new x86 AMD Embedded G-Series system-on-chip (SoC) and central processing unit (CPU) solutions for embedded applications.

HP will be using the chip for thin client deployment in healthcare, finance, education and retail, as well as Advantech for industrial applications in rugged environments.

The new G-Series processors are pin-compatible across the AMD G-Series SoC and CPU family for ease of scalability among embedded applications, including communications and networking infrastructure, industrial control and automation (IC&A), thin clients, gaming machines, and digital signage, said AMD in a statement.

The new AMD Embedded G-Series SoC is suitable for rugged and harsh environments, including IC&A applications with offerings for ultra low-power solutions down to 5 watts TDP with configurable TDP (cTDP) features, to high-performance deployments with up to 53 percent more overall performance compared to previous G-Series SoC solutions.

Advantech’s new industrial-grade Mini-ITX motherboard AIMB-225 employs quad- and dual-core AMD Embedded G-Series SoC processors, resulting in ultra low power consumption and advanced graphics performance for rugged applications such as ATMs, kiosks, automation, medical equipment and gaming machines.

Processors in the new AMD Embedded G-Series SoC family now include enhanced security features, with the AMD platform security processor (PSP) built upon the ARM TrustZone architecture, and are designed to protect against malicious access to sensitive data and operations at the hardware level, making them an ideal fit for cloud-based thin client solutions.

“There is a growing need for more advanced embedded solutions in healthcare, finance, education and retail services,” said Jeff Groudan, worldwide director, Thin Client product management, HP.

With 64-bit processing based on dual- or quad-core x86 CPU architecture the new AMD G-Series CPUs are suited for networking and communications infrastructure applications. The new AMD G-Series CPUs deliver 1.2 – 2.0 GHz and a robust feature set, including integrated PCI-E Gen 2.0, USB3.0, SATA ports, and single-channel DDR3-1600 memory with ECC support.

An on-chip PSP offloads Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) functionality, which facilitates control and data plane functionality, resulting in cost-optimized, fan-less security appliances, storage controllers and Network Attached Storage appliances.

The integration of a wide variety of peripherals, combined with the ability to deliver 34 percent more CPU-centric performance-per-dollar than competing Intel solutions, makes the new AMD G-Series CPU an ideal choice for control plane applications on router and switch line cards.

The AMD Embedded G-Series SoC provides advanced power management features, including cTDP, increase the performance-per-watt efficiency of the platform 96 percent compared to the previous platform.

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