AMD Launches AMD Embedded R-Series APU Platform
Offering High-Performance Multicore X86 Processing, Advanced Video and Graphics Capabilities and Ultra-High Speed Parallel Processing, the AMD Embedded R-Series APU Platform Targets Performance-Intensive Embedded Applications
SUNNYVALE, CA, May 21, 2012 (Menafn - MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --AMD AMD today launched the AMD Embedded R-Seriesaccelerated processing unit (APU) platform. Designed for mid- tohigh-end graphics-intensive applications such as digital signage,casino gaming, point-of-sale systems and kiosks, as well asparallel-processing-intensive applications spanning medical imagingand security/surveillance, the AMD Embedded R-Series APU combines thenew "Piledriver" CPU architecture, an evolution of the "Bulldozer"architecture, with discrete-class, DirectX(R) 11-capable AMDRadeon(TM) HD 7000 Series graphics in a heterogeneous multicoreembedded processing platform.
"AMD pioneered the embedded APU to offer our customers ahigh-performance, power-efficient, small form-factor embeddedprocessor," said Buddy Broeker, director, AMD Embedded Solutions."With the AMD Embedded R-Series, we are taking our APU technology tothe next level. By leveraging its seamlessly integrated heterogeneoussystem architecture, developers can tap into a high-performance andefficient parallel processing engine to accelerate their graphics-and compute-intensive applications, all while using industry-standardlibraries such as OpenCL(TM) and DirectCompute."
The AMD Embedded R-Series APU integrates dedicated resources thatenable exceptional performance with shared resources to help reducepower consumption and die space. Because of its scalability, the newAPU provides developers with the flexibility to leverage the sameboard design and software stack for a variety of applications. Andwith its discrete-class graphics integrated into the processor,applications that previously required a separate graphics processoror card now can be delivered on a wide range of form factors.Developers working with the AMD Embedded R-Series APU can implementremote management, client virtualization and security capabilities tohelp reduce deployment costs and increase security and reliability oftheir AMD R-Series based platform through AMD DAS 1.0 featuring DASH1.1, AMD Virtualization and Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2support.
"In VDC's opinion, the AMD Embedded R-Series APU capitalizes on anumber of trends around hardware integration and softwaredevelopment. It combines a CPU and GPU in a heterogeneous multicoreplatform and provides software migration through tools likeOpenCL(TM)," said Jonathan Hastings, analyst with VDC Research Group."This product provides a new platform for developers buildinggraphics-intensive embedded applications that require HD video orrealistic and interactive 3D effects, as well as compute-intensiveapplications that can benefit from high-performance parallelprocessing."
Multimedia enhancements available for the AMD Embedded R-Series APUinclude:
--A video compression engine that provides a dedicated hardware encoder
for video to quickly and efficiently encode video for applications
like video conferencing or surveillance;
--A Secure Asset Management unit that allows for GPU-assisted
encryption/decryption of content, enabling less CPU overhead and lower
power when dealing with protected content;
--Enhancements to the Unified Video Decoder that extend the capabilities
of the AMD Embedded R-Series APU platform to include dual,
high-definition decode and stereoscopic 3D.
For applications that benefit from multiple displays, such as casinogaming or video walls in digital signage, the AMD Embedded R-SeriesAPU supports connection to four independent displays, which can beutilized to display four independent video feeds or a single videofeed distributed across a four-panel display. By adding a discreteAMD Radeon(TM) Embedded graphics card to the system, the number ofindependent displays can increase up to 10 (1).
"AMD's embedded technologies are an important part of our strategy indeveloping a broad range of powerful solutions across a variety ofindustries including infotainment, medical imaging and more," said,Dirk Finstel, CTO of Kontron. "We are excited about taking fulladvantage of the more powerful AMD Embedded R-Series APUs in ourdesigns."
Edward Price, managing director of Advantech-Innocore said, "The AMDEmbedded R-Series platform delivers a good combination ofhigh-performance integrated 3D graphics, relatively low powerconsumption, and a full x16 PCIe graphics slot for high end, flexiblegraphics solutions along with the essential product lifecyclerequired for our industry sector. A good price/performancecombination is key for us in order to offer leading edge technologyto the casino gaming market. Advantech-Innocore is convinced that thegraphics performance of the new AMD Embedded R-Series APU willprovide an exciting solution for many of our customers."
A variety of AMD customers are announcing market-ready productsincorporating the AMD Embedded R-Series APU Platform today including:
--Advantech-Innocore -- System solution for high-performance casino
--Axiomtek -- High-performance MiniITX motherboard
--Congatec -- High-performance COM Express module
--DFI -- High-performance COM Express module
--iBase -- System solution for high-performance digital signage
--J&W IPC -- Custom form factor embedded motherboard with support
for up to 10 DisplayPort displays
--Quixant -- System solution for high-performance casino gaming
--SHENZHEN XINZHIXIN -- High-performance MiniITX motherboard
--Visit the AMD Embedded R-Series Platform site
--Visit the AMD Embedded Solutions blog for more background on the new
--Get technical support at the AMD Embedded Developer Support site
--For more AMD Embedded products, visit the AMD-Based Embedded Product
AMD AMD is a semiconductor design innovator leading the nextera of vivid digital experiences with its ground-breaking AMDAccelerated Processing Units (APUs) that power a wide range ofcomputing devices. AMD's server computing products are focused ondriving industry-leading cloud computing and virtualizationenvironments. AMD's superior graphics technologies are found in avariety of solutions ranging from game consoles, PCs tosupercomputers. For more information, visit http://www.amd.com.
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(1) AMD Eyefinity technology works with applications that supportnon-standard aspect ratios, which is required for panning acrossmultiple displays. AMD Eyefinity technology can support up to 4displays using a single enabled AMD R-Series APU or up to 6 displaysusing a single enabled AMD graphics card with Windows Vista orWindows 7 operating systems -- the number and type of displays mayvary by board design. Some implementations may require DisplayPort1.2 multi-streaming technologies with compatible monitors and/orhubs. SLS ("Single Large Surface") functionality requires anidentical display resolution on all configured displays.
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