AMD unveils new multi-core R-series CPUs

AMD unveils new multi-core R-series CPUs

Summary: AMD further distances itself from the PC by adding three new CPUs to its R-series embedded line.

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TOPICS: Processors
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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.

Topic: Processors

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  • Alienating the PC gamers, I see

    "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."

    Serious gamers want a lower cost, higher performance CPU so they can take the cost savings and apply it toward getting a more expensive discrete GPU. As of right now, gamers all thing IGP's suck and they will be very disappointed to find that they won't be able to find a high performance CPU without one.
    Jacob VanWagoner
    • Re: Alienating the PC gamers, I see

      Not enough money to be made from there any more.
      ldo17
    • Benchmarks & Developer Support

      The IGPs ARE worse, and are proven with higher benchmarks by high performance CPUs combined with a high performance discrete GPU. IF they could produce higher benchmarks then they would have gamer support. Drivers and Game Developer support are key, also, but if the benchmarks aren't there, then gamers will not buy them. Right now, there is the perception that IGPs are slower BECAUSE THEY ARE, but if they weren't, then gamer magazines & websites would produce glowing reviews and gamers would buy them.

      I'm fairly surprised that AMD hasn't been able to make faster IGPs after acquiring ATI in 2006. Maybe they've developed something, but realize that they would lose sales from the discrete GPUs (Why buy a separate card when an integrated chip is faster?) and the sales increase from IGPs would not make up the difference, so in a business sense, status quo is fine for them. Same for Intel & Nvidia: Intel has more advanced graphics processing on their latest Haswell chips, but still do not compare to an added Nvidia card, which benefits Intel, by getting more share over AMD, (and upgraders) and benefits Nvidia because gamers still cannot live without a discrete GPU; meaning an Intel-Nvidia merger might also not bring faster IGPs.
      Mike Klepzig
  • APUS

    APUs are good for making middle of the road gaming machines at a low price. I think a lot of non-serious gamers are just as happy on a tablet. Meanwhile an AMD with a better Passmark score than a comparable intel chip is far slower for things like SQL Server and other business processes because most of the AMD rating comes from the graphics side. So the APU is a big win for middle of the road gamers and everybody else loses
    mswift@...
  • APU

    Jacob, have you even looked at the performance of AMD's new APU line? And the fact that you can do Crossfire just by adding a discrete graphics card with the same chipset as the APU's graphics?

    Beautiful....
    LaMorte
  • WOW R SERIES

    AMD chips are very tiny power efficient and designed to work in all type of applications like server's desktop's mobile devices. so its good to see they are working hardly to give us better solution with low budget ..
    TariqA6