AMD's Fusion APU Platform Now Supports Real-Time Embedded Applications

AMD Brazos Gains Support High-End Industrial, Military and Medical Embedded Applications

by Anton Shilov
03/29/2012 | 04:08 PM

Advanced Micro Devices this week said that its embedded G-series accelerated processing units (APUs), which are based on code-named Ontario and Zacate designs, are now supported by Green Hills Software's Integrity real-time operating system (RTOS). This allows AMD's G-series to compete on the lucrative market of various embedded applications that require "real-time" responsiveness and high reliability.

 

“The AMD embedded G-Series APUs and Integrity is a winning combination for our customers in highly regulated markets such as industrial, military/aerospace and medical devices,” said Buddy Broeker, director of embedded solutions at AMD.

 The Integrity RTOS offers support for multi-core x86 CPUs in the AMD embedded G-series APU with its v10.0.2 SMP release. The AMD embedded G-series APU offers one or two Brazos x86 cores, integrated entry-level DirectX 11-capable graphics processing unit and a memory controller on a single chip. This specific family of APUs was created expressly for the requirements of embedded systems, many of which require the precise, deterministic timing of an RTOS.

Real-time operating systems are used in various devices that require a strict amount of time it takes to accept and complete an application's task. RTOS do not require high performance, but is valued more for how quickly or how predictably it can respond than for the amount of work it can perform in a given period of time. Key factors in a real-time OS are minimal interrupt latency and minimal thread switching latency. Integrity by Green Hills Software is a market leading real time operating system.

“Reliability, security, and certifications are critical requirements in the embedded market. Green Hills has a long and successful track record in these areas and can not only deliver these critical requirements, but can also provide a large ecosystem of technology collaborations  that can help bring a complete software platform solution to our customers, enabling reduced time-to-market,” explained Mr. Broeker.

Integrity is Green Hills Software's flagship real-time operating system that has been successfully deployed in a wide range of end-customer products where safety and reliability are paramount. The success of Integrity is due to its advanced technological design, incorporating memory protection, resource availability, secure remote management, and hard real-time deterministic response.

“The Integrity board support package for the AMD embedded G-Series APU supports the AMD DB-FT1 Development Board and will enable AMD customers to build a strong software foundation based on market proven Green Hills technology. With its advanced separation kernel architecture, Integrity has achieved numerous certifications for industry safety and security standards, leading to its widespread adoption in the embedded market,” said Chris Smith, vice president of marketing at Green Hills Software.