AMD outs new x86 embedded G-Series SoCs and CPUs

AMD outs new x86 embedded G-Series SoCs and CPUs

Summary: The new chips bring high performance and integrated security with enterprise-class error-correction code memory support, dual- and quad-core variants, and a discrete-class GPU and I/O controller on the same die.

TOPICS: Hardware, Processors

At Computex Taipei AMD has released its new x86 Embedded G-Series SoC and CPU parts. Codenamed "Steppe Eagle" and "Crowned Eagle," These embedded parts are destined fro healthcare, finance, education and retail, as well as for industrial applications in rugged environments.

AMD's Embedded G-Series platform brings high performance and integrated security with enterprise-class error-correction code (ECC) memory support, dual- and quad-core variants, and a discrete-class GPU and I/O controller on the same die.

The new G-Series chips will be pin-compatible across the AMD G-Series SoC and CPU family allowing for ease of scalability among embedded applications, which include communications and networking infrastructure, industrial control and automation (IC&A), thin clients, gaming machines, and digital signage.

The Embedded G-Series "Steppe Eagle" SoC offers a 60 percent CPU intensive  performance jump compared to previous G-Series SoC solutions, and has a configurable TDP as low as 5W. "Steppe Eagle" also offers a 96 percent improvement in overall performance-per-watt.

"Steppe Eagle" also includes a graphics processing unit based on AMD’s Graphics Core Next architecture, allowing the chip to produce stunning graphics and because it supports OpenCL, provide powerful compute capability. It also features enterprise-grade technology such as ECC support and the AMD platform security processor (PSP), which builds on ARM’s proven TrustZone architecture and provides protection against malicious software threats.

To go with "Steppe Eagle" there is a new 64-bit x86 CPU codenamed "Crowned Eagle." This is designed for networking and communications infrastructure equipment, and delivers 1.2 to 2.0 GHz of performance along with a robust feature set, including integrated PCI-E Gen 2.0, USB3.0, SATA ports, and single-channel DDR3-1600 memory with ECC support.

This also features the on-chip PSP which offloads Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) functionality, which facilitates control and data plane functionality. This makes it ideal for use in cost-optimized, fanless security appliances, storage controllers and Network Attached Storage appliances.

According to AMD, the integration of a wide variety of peripherals, along with the ability to deliver 34 percent more CPU-centric performance-per-dollar than competing Intel solutions, and 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 family is one of the most widely adopted platforms in the history of AMD Embedded Solutions, and AMD brings even more capabilities, experiences and ecosystem support with these new offerings," said Scott Aylor, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD Embedded Solutions. "The new SoC and CPU additions further our commitment to provide embedded design engineers with the highest levels of power efficient graphics and compute capabilities in the market, along with a pin-compatible and secure product portfolio to maximize their software and board-level investments."

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Topics: Hardware, Processors

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  • "gaming machines"

    Just a thought here, but why don't game companies that already make Windows games just build their own game console that runs Windows Embedded (low license cost) with their digital delivery system into a highly integrated hardware and software solution?

    Wouldn't this be a better "mousetrap" for a Steam Machine or an Origin Box? How about an OnLive box that also runs local content?
    • Cost too much...

      And too inflexible for their needs.
    • Windows Embedded

      is quite limited, and the hardware takes alot of $ to develop, put together and test. its not worth it really. And there are already too many competitors. Steam Box looks promising though, just more games need to get on linux.
  • Hardware development is expensive and low profit

    Hardware development is harder in some ways because if you need to change things it takes much longer. And typically it is hard to make hardware at a profit.
  • I like to see AMD going this Embedded route

    it really is a great move because it has the most flexible platform. Since everything can run on x86 these days! AMD will hopefully be the embedded leader for the future embedded platforms, like ATM's, POS, etc. Especially as those go to higher resolution screens and touch setups to be "modern looking" the graphics will really shine. And Embedded software could easily be coded to take advantage of OpenCL aswell, making it even more attractive.
  • As I look I wonder

    why the memory is single channel because of power usage, or die complexity. It seems as though having the ability to use dual channel mode, whether immediately used or not, allows for a longer lifespan of the part.
  • This is a transitional period for AMD

    They are starting to gear up for a complete rework on X86 and diving into 64 bit arm development.

    Short explanation:
    Big core AMD processors are not going to be history regardless of internet FUD most of which was "created by AMD themselves".

    They are attempting to make the move to compete in the server market, with 64bit multicore arm SOC processors. That will either be a lower cost on par chip, or superior to the current Opteron line depending on the report you read.

    I will look forward to see if Skybridge even comes close to delivering on it's promise in 2016.