AMD Introduces G-Series “Kabini” SoC for Embedded Applications

AMD Unleashes First Commercial Kabini Design with Jaguar x86 Cores, Radeon HD GCN

by Anton Shilov
04/23/2013 | 07:43 PM

Advanced Micro Devices on Tuesday announced the new AMD embedded G-Series system-on-chip (SoC) based on the AMD new-generation x86 “Jaguar” CPU architecture and AMD Radeon HD 8000-series graphics-engine. The SoC is aimed at various embedded applications, such as industrial control and automation, digital signage, electronic gaming systems, SMB storage, IP-TV, medical and network appliances and other.


Embedded systems are increasingly driving intelligence into new areas of our lives, from smart TVs and set-top boxes to interactive digital signage and informational kiosks. This supports greater productivity and connectivity and is expected to be a strong driver for Surround Computing, an area of substantial growth in the computing industry. Among the forces that are enabling this next-generation computing era are single-chip, SoC solutions that offer smaller size, higher performance and more energy-efficient processors.

AMD embedded G-series APUs feature two or four Jaguar general-purpose x86 cores, Radeon HD 8000-series graphics engine based on GCN architecture (select models do not feature integrated GPU), integrated DDR3 memory controller with ECC capbility as well as input/output capabilities, including Serial ATA and USB. The new processor family offers superior performance per watt in the low-power x86-compatible product category with 9W – 25W options. The chips are designed to run in industrial temperature range of -40°C to +85°C.

The AMD embedded G-series SoC platform sets the new bar for single-chip design, offering up to 113% improved CPU performance compared to the prior generation AMD embedded G-series APU, and up to a 125% advantage compared to the Intel Atom when running multiple industry-standard compute intensive benchmarks. For embedded applications, the new platform also includes support for DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 4.2x and OpenCL 1.22 that enables parallel processing and high-performance graphics processing, yielding up to a 20% graphics improvement over the previous AMD Embedded G-Series APU and greater than 5x advantage over Intel Atom when running multiple industry-standard graphics-intensive benchmarks, according to AMD.

The AMD Embedded G-Series SoC supports Windows Embedded 8 and Linux, and is designed for myriad embedded applications including industrial control and automation, digital signage, electronic gaming systems, SMB storage, IP-TV, medical and network appliances, set-top boxes and more.

“We have built a treasure trove of industry-leading IP in processors, graphics and multimedia along with the infrastructure to combine these building blocks into unsurpassed embedded SoC solutions. With a 33% smaller footprint, low power consumption and exceptional performance, the new AMD embedded G-series SoC sets the bar for content-rich multimedia and traditional workload processing that is ideal for a broad variety of embedded applications,” said Arun Iyengar, vice president and general manager of AMD embedded solutions division.

AMD will ship the AMD G-Series SoC platform with general availability in the second quarter of 2013, followed by a comprehensive ecosystem of industry-leading embedded solution providers supporting and/or announcing market-ready products powered by the AMD embedded G-series SoC. There will be five base models of G-series APUs available initially.

Pricing ranges from $49 - $72 for the SKUs.