by Anton Shilov
05/22/2012 | 06:58 PM
Advanced Micro Devices this week launched the AMD embedded R-series accelerated processing unit (APU) platform designed for mid- to high-end graphics-intensive applications such as digital signage, casino gaming, point-of-sale systems and kiosks, as well as parallel-processing-intensive applications spanning medical imaging and security/surveillance.
AMD did not unveil exact specification of its R-series APUs for embedded application, but indicated that they have up to five Piledriver-class x86 general-purpose cores, memory controller as well as Radeon HD 7000-series class graphics adapter. Thanks to such features as integrated high-definition video encoder, high-performance graphics engine and other, the new chips have a lot of chances to become rather popular in case they support appropriate operating systems. The new chips have thermal design power in the range between 17W and 35W, hence, their specs are likely to be similar to mobile A-series "Trinity" APUs released last week.
“With the AMD Embedded R-Series, we are taking our APU technology to the next level. By leveraging its seamlessly integrated heterogeneous system architecture, developers can tap into a high-performance and efficient parallel processing engine to accelerate their graphics- and compute-intensive applications, all while using industry-standard libraries such as OpenCL and DirectCompute," said Buddy Broeker, director, AMD embedded solutions.
Developers working with the AMD embedded R-series APU can implement remote management, client virtualization and security capabilities to help reduce deployment costs and increase security and reliability of their AMD R-series based platform through AMD DAS 1.0 featuring DASH 1.1, AMD virtualization and trusted platform module (TPM) 1.2 support.
A variety of AMD customers have already announced mini-ITX mainboards, computer-on-module devices, system solutions for high-performance digital signage applications, system solutions for high-performance casino gaming applications and other products based on R-series APUs, the company said.