California-based chipmaker AMD is further distancing itself from the PC by unveiled new dual- and quad-core R-series processors designed for embedded applications.
The new lineup consists of a quad-core part and two dual-core parts.
- RE464X: Quad-core, 35W TDP, 2.3GHz (3.2GHz turbo)
- RE272X: Dual-core, 35W TDP, 2.70GHz (3.2GHz turbo)
- RE264X: Dual-core, 17W TDP, 2.2GHz (2.8GHz turbo)
According to AMD, the higher-power parts are aimed at applications that require "high performance x86 compute," such as network attached storage (NAS).
To help give thee processor a leg-up, AMD is introducing a new discrete GPU promotional program that provides customers who need more GPU power – gaming, signage and the like – with both a CPU and discrete GPU for savings of up to 20 percent. This allows the new R-Series CPUs to be combined with discrete AMD's Radeon E6460 or E6760 GPUs, which are capable of driving up to six independent displays.
"There is a need for a greater variety of processor and graphics options in several market segments ranging from storage to digital signage and gaming to meet ever growing performance requirements," said Kamal Khouri, director of embedded products at AMD, in a statement.
"The AMD Embedded R-Series CPU platform targets performance-intensive embedded applications with a new discrete graphics program to meet the diverse, high-performance requirements of the embedded engineering community. These new choices offer higher compute and graphics throughput plus compelling TCO for the embedded market."
These new processors follow hot on the heels of new G-series SoC parts that were released earlier this month.
AMD continues to distance itself from the PC by entering into different markets, and the new G-series SoC is just the latest move of that shift. Rumors are circulating – from a number of reliable sources – that AMD's FX line of CPUs will soon be discontinued as the company moves from CPUs to APUs that combine both the CPU and GPU onto a single chip.