AMD has launched a new low-power Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) in the AMD G-Series SOC family with the GX-210JA, looking to reduce x86 power requirements further for embedded designs. The GX-210JA APU, a full System-on-Chip (SoC) design, uses one-third less energy than the previous low-power Embedded G-Series SOC product while providing improved graphics capabilities.
At only 6 watts maximum thermal design power (TDP), and approximately 3 watts expected average power the device will enable additional fanless designs for a variety of applications ranging from industrial controls and automation, digital gaming, communications infrastructure and visual embedded products including thin client, digital signage and medical imaging.
“The advance of APU processor design, the Surround Computing era, and The Internet of Things has created the demand for embedded devices that are low power but also offer excellent compute and graphics performance,” said Arun Iyengar, vice president and general manager, AMD Embedded Systems. “We believe that the AMD Embedded G-Series SOC products offer unparalleled compute, graphics and I/O integration, which will result in fewer board components, low-power use, and reduced complexity and overhead cost. The new GX-210JA operates at an average of approximately 3 watts, enabling a new generation of fanless designs for content-rich, multimedia and traditional workload processing.”
With ever faster product design cycle times, engineers are under pressure to quickly deliver solutions to meet a fast-paced market in which engineers need scalable, energy-efficient embedded processing solutions with robust I/O from vendors that are able to combine cutting-edge technology and easy integration with peripheral components to create purpose-built solutions.
According to Colin Barnden, principal analyst at Semicast Research: “At only 6W TDP, the GX-210JA adds to the scalable offering of the AMD Embedded G-Series family, and provides engineers with greater design choice and flexibility while keeping software overhead costs at a minimum by leveraging the same architecture across the product family.”
The AMD Embedded G-Series SOC platform, including the GX-210JA, is currently shipping. AMD supports a comprehensive ecosystem of industry-leading embedded solution providers supporting and/or announcing market-ready products powered by the AMD Embedded G-Series SOC.