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Advanced Micro Devices today added some new chips for ultra low-power embedded applications into the lineup of its offerings. Separately, the company proposed a yet another rating system for embedded chips that should reflect power consumption as well as performance of microprocessors.

Speed and Power – Something You Need to Know About Embedded x86

The new Performance-Power Rating (PPR) was developed to emphasize the importance of the balance between performance and power for the embedded x86 processor market. AMD is the first company to introduce a performance-power rating for design engineers to better evaluate an x86 embedded processor, and expects this solution to accelerate the embedded x86 processor evaluation process. Using the PPR, AMD has developed a new model number system for AMD Geode Solutions.

With the new Performance-Power Rating, AMD is setting out to assist customers to understand the benefits of power consumption in the embedded market. The PPR drives a new, more accurate measure of embedded processor performance for standard applications.

From now on, AMD’s Geode processors will be marked as Model Number @ Power Consumption (e.g, 533@1.1W). Model number is not core-clock, but is a kind of performance rating.

AMD will use model numbers that are based on the benchmarks developed by Synchromesh Computing to identify the AMD Geode processors. The new model numbers designate relative performance and increase the visibility of power consumption when it is a consideration.

New Geode Chips Make the Way

In conjunction with the introduction of its new Performance-Power Rating, AMD today announced a new line of low-power, high-performance AMD Geode processors, the AMD Geode NX 1500@6W processor and the AMD Geode NX 1750@14W processor.

The Geode NX 1500@6W processor operates at 1.00GHz. Geode NX 1750@14W operates at 1.40GHz.

The AMD Geode NX processors are designed for high-end thin clients, high-end printers, point-of-sale systems, information and transaction kiosks and telecommunications and networking equipment.

In addition to introducing the AMD Geode NX processors, AMD is renaming the current AMD Geode GX2 processor, in accordance with Performance-Power Rating, to AMD Geode GX 533@1.1W processor. Also, available is the AMD Geode GX 466@0.9W processor and the AMD Geode 500@1.0W processor.

The Geode GX 533@1.1W processor operates at 400MHz. The Geode GX 500@1.0W processor operates at 366MHz and the Geode GX 466@.9W processor operates at 333MHz.

All the mentioned products are available today in quantities starting from 10 000 units. AMD Geode GX 466@0.9W costs $26.50; AMD Geode GX 500@1.0W is quoted at $29.10; AMD Geode GX 533@1.1W is priced at $32.75; AMD Geode NX 1500@6W sells for $65.00; AMD Geode NX 1750@14W is available for $55.00.

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