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AMD Announces G-Series Embedded APUs

AMD Announces G-Series Embedded APUs

AMD's G-Series adds a Radeon HD graphics core to one or two Bobcat cores.

AMD has announced an update to its aging Geode line-up of embedded processors, packing a Bobcat CPU and DirectX 11-capable GPU into a single low-power chip.

Designed for embedded markets that would prefer an x86 chip to a RISC-based ARM CPU, the Geode series has been a successful niche product for the company. However, the new G-Series of APUs promises to trounce its predecessor in all regards.

According to AMD, the new G-Series APUs represent an increase in performance-per-watt terms of three times over the previous generation Geode chips. This performance boost is largely thanks to the GPU portion of the G-Series APU, which supports both DirectCompute and OpenCL.

If you're lucky enough to have supporting software, then this means you can offload parallel computation tasks onto the graphics portion of the hardware, leaving the CPU free to deal with other tasks.

AMD will be releasing five G-Series APUs as a part of the intial product rollout. Let's start with the flagship T56N, which features a pair of 1.6GHz Bobcat cores with 512KB of L2 cache per core, 64KB of L1 cache, Radeon HD 6310-equivalent graphics and a claimed TDP of just 18W. Meanwhile, the T48N drops the speed to 1.4GHz but keeps the same hardware as its bigger brother.

Then we have the low-voltage 1GHz dual-core T40N, which features Radeon HD 6250 graphics, LV-DDR3 memory support and a TDP of just 9W. There are also a couple of single-core chips on offer. These include the 1.5GHz T52R with an 18W TDP, and the bottom-end 1.2GHz T44R, which has an AMD Radeon HD 6250 graphics engine and a claimed TDP of 9W.

Although the chips won't be available via retail, OEMs including Fujitsu, Kontron, Sintrones, Starnet and Wyse - among others - have confirmed that they will be launching G-Series products in the coming months.

Are you pleased to see AMD giving rival embedded systems a run for their money, or are you unconvinced by the company's APU conceptl? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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Snips 19th January 2011, 16:58 Quote
It's all just marketing speal at the moment. Let's see it working first and then we can decide to go APU, Dual Atom or ARM for these low powered systems.

Why is it that AMD spend 18 months raving about it and then the launch when it eventually arrives is a firework fart?

JUST GIVE US THE DAMN PRODUCTS OR STFU!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TWeaK 19th January 2011, 18:13 Quote
Well I think it's a safe bet that these APU's will be better than most Atom setups, with only Tegra based systems putting up compeition. As for ARM, well, that's a different game. I know what you mean though, Snips, there's been a fair bit of hype about mobile tech for the last few months but nothing's actually been released.

I'm waiting with baited breath for the package which will finally bring together reasonable performance in a small package with an open OS (read not Apple) at a reasonable price. Not to bothered about battery life but that could be a bonus. I probably shouldn't hold my breath, I think.
frontline 19th January 2011, 18:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by Snips
It's all just marketing speal at the moment. Let's see it working first and then we can decide to go APU, Dual Atom or ARM for these low powered systems.

Why is it that AMD spend 18 months raving about it and then the launch when it eventually arrives is a firework fart?

JUST GIVE US THE DAMN PRODUCTS OR STFU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Do you just enjoy trolling any AMD related news items?

APU's are already here and the Atom is history http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/asrock-e350m1-amd-brazos-zacate-apu,2840.html

"Where Brazos cannot be beaten is price. ASRock anticipates selling its E350M1 for $110, and we hear that competing boards will go for $100. Buy a case, power supply, 4 GB memory module, and a mobile hard drive if you’re on a budget. Factor in a Blu-ray drive if you want it in the living room. That’s a platform I’d like to have as an HTPC or commons-area kiosk in the house."

"What we do have are the benefits of integration and a new processor architecture from AMD. The company clearly looks to be going after Intel’s Atom processor. It’s an easy target, given its “good-enough” approach to computing. And indeed, the Brazos platform decimates Atom in single-threaded apps, still manages to beat it decisively in more parallelized programs, and embarrasses it in anything having to do with graphics."
play_boy_2000 19th January 2011, 18:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by frontline
APU's are already here and the Atom is history http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/asrock-e350m1-amd-brazos-zacate-apu,2840.html

finally, numbers!
schmidtbag 19th January 2011, 19:25 Quote
i'm confused.... why is amd bringing back geode? they own ati now, they don't need to use the geode name. however, i think it'd make sense if amd used the name "geode" for graphics in apu processors, and "radeon" for discrete graphics
Snips 19th January 2011, 21:04 Quote
Read the last line again frontline! Do we see a review on this site?
frontline 19th January 2011, 22:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by Snips
Read the last line again frontline! Do we see a review on this site?

Where did you mention what site it is on - and who cares? There is a finished product that has been reviewed. You've clearly made up your mind before seeing ANY reviews, whether on this site or another.

Check out other manufacturers websites and they already have Fusion based products specced:

http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?psn=0001&pid=1034

http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=9BmKhMwWCwqyl1lz&templete=2

http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=JhJ03CRwku0lzT6B&templete=2

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3681#ov

This doesn't include netbooks and laptops that are also on their way. Whatever AMD's outlook is at the higher end of the market and the server market, Ontario and Zacate has clearly finished Atom as the preferred option for HTPC and netbook computing.
Snips 20th January 2011, 10:22 Quote
" Ontario and Zacate has clearly finished Atom as the preferred option for HTPC and netbook computing."

Has Intel stopped making Atoms? Wow, I missed that one. Can I walk into a shop now and buy said products you've listed?

Again, read the last line.
frontline 21st January 2011, 10:23 Quote
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Let's see it working first

Did you even bother reading the review? It is a finished product, not 'marketing spiel'
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Why is it that AMD spend 18 months raving about it and then the launch when it eventually arrives is a firework fart?

And where is your evidence to support this view? Or is it your own 'marketing spiel'?

You need to take your blinkers off every so often snips. Variety is the spice of life.
Snips 21st January 2011, 11:23 Quote
"And where is your evidence to support this view? Or is it your own 'marketing spiel'?"

Go to the white search box on top right hand side on this website and type in "AMD" then click on advanced options and put the dot in "Date order". Then read topics from the last 1 - 36 months. Enjoy!

Nuff said!
frontline 21st January 2011, 13:21 Quote
So, you've gone from saying that because bit-tech haven't reviewed a product yet that it must be fail to searching for news stories about AMD from the past. Should we also judge Intel based on their antitrust case or Nvidia for their failing overheating laptop GPU's of the recent past?

Just enjoy your narrow-minded outlook on life, you aren't interested in this type of product anyway, so i don't even know why you bother posting so much bs about it.
Snips 24th January 2011, 08:19 Quote
BS? Me? Sir, how could you!

My concern as always is when we finally get to buy the said product, it isn't what AMD were saying it was going to be. Have I said anything different?

Did the Intel anti trust case or Nvidia's failing overheating laptop have anything to do with what I said?
Repo 24th January 2011, 22:49 Quote
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Slightly dissapointed to see that neither Gigbyte or Sapphire have a fanless solution yet (but then these are only the first tranche).

This could hurt a lot of Intel sales into the HTPC market.
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