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.

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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