At Embedded World today, AMD (NASDAQ:AMD) announced its 3rd Generation AMD Embedded G-Series SoCs and the Embedded G-Series LX SoC, providing customers a broadened portfolio of performance options. The latest offerings expand developersâ€™ ability to scale x86 platforms, starting with the entry-level AMD Embedded G-Series LX SoC, which is pin compatible to the previous generation G-Series SoC devices. Also announced today are two new, higher performing 3rd Generation AMD Embedded G-Series SoCs, codenamed â€œPrairie Falconâ€ and â€œBrown Falcon,â€ which introduce for the first time pin compatibility for G-Series processors with the higher performance AMD Embedded R-Series SoC.
The new products expand upon the low power capabilities of the award-winning AMD Embedded G-Series SoC platform, bringing scalable performance, power, and price across the CPU, GPU, multimedia, and I/O controller hardware, helping to lower development costs for AMD customers. Together, the new G-Series processors deliver immersive, graphically rich experiences across a broad range of platforms, from entry-level to mainstream gaming, digital signage, imaging, and industrial control.
â€œThe latest AMD Embedded G-Series SoC additions offer our customers a broad range of mainstream embedded solutions, including two that are in the same package as the higher-performance R-Series,â€ said Scott Aylor, Corporate Vice President and General Manager, AMD Enterprise Solutions. â€œThe new SoCs further our commitment to provide embedded design engineers with an evolutionary path toward the highest levels of power efficient compute and graphics capabilities, and a strong value proposition for a broad range of embedded applications.â€
The new G-Seriesâ€™ balanced set of peripheral support, performance options, and overall energy efficiency are expected to make an immediate impact with AMD customers and the embedded ecosystem.
â€œThe embedded market is an incredibly dynamic space right now, enabled by more immersive graphics and significant gains in power efficiency and performance,â€ said Shane Rau, IDC. â€œThe advent of versatile system on chip (SoC) solutions that are pin-compatible across a range of performance and price, coupled with comprehensive embedded software stacks, are giving product engineers a much greater range of choices in building dynamic, graphically rich next gen systems.â€
3rd Generation AMD Embedded G-Series SoC
The low-power AMD Embedded G-Series is designed to deliver an immersive, graphically rich experience and smooth system performance, all in a compact, energy efficient SoC with low power consumption and significant memory bandwidth for mainstream embedded applications. With impressive gains in compute and graphics performance compared to the prior generation embedded G-Series, the new additions to the lineup are ideal for thin clients, IP set-top boxes, and TVs, casino gaming, industrial control and automation, digital signage, and communications networks. The new models include â€œExcavatorâ€ x86 CPU cores and 3rd generation Graphics Core Next (GCN) graphics with support for OpenGL ES, OpenCLâ„¢, DirectXÂ® 12, and EGL. For greater design flexibility, the new 3rd Generation Embedded G-Series SoCs, and the AMD Embedded R-Series SoC announced last fall are also all pin compatible.
3rd Generation AMD Embedded G-Series SoC Family key features and specifications:
â€¢ Up to 2 â€œExcavatorâ€ x86 cores
â€¢ AMD Radeonâ„¢ graphics (up to 4 GCN compute units1)
â€¢ 4K x 2K H.265 decode (10-bit compatibility on select devices) & multi-format encode & decode
â€¢ Multiple display technology – HDMITM 2.0, DP 1.2, eDP 1.4
â€¢ 6~15W Thermal Design Power (TDP)
â€¢ Up to 2 Channels DDR4/DDR3
â€¢ Integrated AMD Secure Processor
â€¢ 10-year planned longevity
Embedded G-Series LX Family SoC
The Embedded G-Series LX SoC is a new, low-power x86 SoC offering compelling performance for the price with advanced multimedia and display features. It features the â€œJaguarâ€ CPU core with support for Error Correcting Memory (ECC) and GCN, as well as support for DirectXÂ® 11.2, OpenGL 4.3, and OpenCLTM 1.2. The Embedded G-Series LX SoC is ideally suited for numerous applications, including retail point-of-sale terminals, digital signage, arcade gaming, and industrial control. The AMD Embedded G-Series LX SoC uses the same FT3b socket as its predecessor codenamed â€œSteppe Eagleâ€ and provides a higher-performance migration path for AMD Geodeâ„¢ customers.
G-Series LX key features and specifications:
â€¢ 2 â€œJaguarâ€ x86 cores
â€¢ AMD Radeonâ„¢ Graphics Core Next (GCN) graphics
o Multi-format encode & decode
o Multiple display technology – HDMITM 2.0, DP 1.2, eDP 1.4
â€¢ 6~15W TDP
â€¢ Single-channel DDR3
â€¢ AMD Secure Processor
â€¢ Industrial temperature – extended temperature SKUs
The first 3rd Generation AMD Embedded G-Series SoCs are available immediately with additional offerings planned in the first and second quarter of this year. The first AMD Embedded G-Series LX products are expected to be available in March.