AMD launches new low-cost APU-based Gizmo boards

AMD launches new low-cost APU-based Gizmo boards

Summary: The Gizmo board features a G-T40E dual-core and provides 52 gigaflops—while consuming less than 10 watts.

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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.

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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.

Topics: Hardware, Processors

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  • HDMI?

    AKH,

    Does this have an HDMI out?

    Looks interesting, If they sell it for $125, I will get one.
    Owlll1net
    • Odd...

      Between the price and lack of HDMI, I question what market they're targeting. It's much higher than Pi and even some of the appliance type devices that hobbyists are hacking. Plus, it's venturing into the range of some of the barebones bookshelf systems running processors like atom and e350/450 processors.

      I guess if low power is your top priority, then it may win out, but how much do a few watts matter if it costs more or has lesser specs than other systems that hobbyists are currently tinkering with?
      TroyMcClure
  • No HDMI though

    Which I found astounding in this day and age. An alternative fun board to play with is the ODROID-U2, quad core for eight-nine bucks ! Beats the Pi hands down.
    Alan Smithie
  • HDMI

    It has it, watch the videos.
    cHarley1200
    • Oh no it doesn't

      VGA does not equal HDMI, go read the specs and board layout at Gizmo.
      Alan Smithie
      • HDMI again

        Watch the videos. The HDMI comes off the high speed connector on the opposite side of the board. Granted, the board doesn't have a standard HDMI connector, but the signals are there according to the video.
        cHarley1200
      • HDMI detailed

        You'll find the HDMI mentioned at 3:00 minutes into this video.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VrLAImh1FvE#!
        cHarley1200
        • Sincere Apologies

          Flail my buttocks with a rusty spoon, you can do HDMI of the high speed breakout.

          Daft decision not to have hdmi as the standard port.
          Alan Smithie
  • The APU board does have HDMI connectivity on the high speed connector

    The board does have HDMI on the board with the signal lines as a part of the high speed connector. There are also PCI 1X signal lines and additional USB signal lines. On the slow speed port there are jtag and a few other signal lines to interface with the expansion board. I find this to be like a Raspberry Pi on steroids with full OpenCL support. The only glaring problem I have with the board is the choice of a 1 ghz APU VS the much faster 1.8 ghz APU.

    Apparently the board will support the much faster 1.8 ghz APU and the RAM can be replaced to support 4 gigabytes of memory? For a little more money lets say 230 bucks with the 1.8 ghz APU and 4 gigabytes of memory would be a better deal if not a little less. Ether way I congratulate AMD for introducing this board its very good idea.
    PBGeek