Chip maker AMD has launched a new low-cost board called Gizmo geared toward x86-based embedded system development.
The board, available through GizmoSphere, is powered by an AMD embedded G-Series accelerated processing unit (APU), which has the ability to run a variety of operating systems, Android, Linux, Windows, and a range of real-time operating systems (RTOS').
The Gizmo board is powered by a G-T40E dual-core embedded processor running at 1.0 GHz, and features an on a single die with AMD Radeon HD 6250 GPU. The board provides a performance capacity of 52 gigaflops while consuming less than 10 watts.
The board is not only an ideal platform for hobbyists, but also ideal as a backbone for devices such as digital signage, set-top boxes, casino gaming machines, and point-of-sale devices.
I've had some hands-on time with the Gizmo board, and I'm impressed with what it has to offer. Even if you've never handled such a kit before, putting it together is a breeze. It comes with everything you need, and there's comprehensive instructions both in the box and online.
Gizmo is not only a great platform for bespoke hardware projects—I can see endless possibilities where the Gizmo could be put to use—but it's also a great tool to teach students about hardware and software development. The combination of high-power, low-power-consumption processor with high-speed connectivity means that you have the power of the PC in a board that you can hold in the palm of your hand. As a fanless design, this makes the system ideal for applications where totally silent and long-term maintenance-free operation is important.
"Gizmo is an excellent board for the next generation of embedded systems development," said AMD's director of embedded products, Kamal Khouri. "The new board will serve the diverse and growing embedded development community and is especially useful for those wanting to incorporate the advanced capabilities possible by harnessing a heterogeneous architecture. Developers ready to take advantage of a high-performance, full [input-output]-featured x86 development board will find tremendous value in Gizmo."
GizmoSphere is a not-for-profit organization set up with the goal of developing technology projects that are of interest to independent developers. Its founding members include AMD, Sage Electronic Engineering, Texas Multicore Technologies, and Viosoft.
The Gizmo board is available through GizmoSphere for $199.