NUREMBERG, GERMANY — At Embedded World last week chip maker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) announced an expansion of its Embedded G-series systems on chip (SoCs) to span a range of applications from “top to bottom” in gaming, imaging, industrial control, and other common x86 applications. In addition to the release of an entry-level G-series line — the LX family — AMD has announced two new 3rd-generation G-series lines that offer pin compatibility with AMD's higher-performing Embedded R-series SoCs. The result is an ability for designers to scale their software across broad performance, price, and power alternatives.
The LX family targets applications that need high performance with advanced multimedia and display capabilities at relatively low power. The chips contain two of AMD's 64-bit “Jaguar” x86 cores, the Radeon Graphics Core Next (GCN), and a security processor along with error correcting memory. Targeting retail PoS terminals, industrial control, digital signage, and arcade gaming applications, LX family devices are able to handle DirectX 11.2, OpenGL4.3, and OpenCL 1.2 media formatting as well as multi-format encoding and decoding of media. They are also available in extended temperature versions for demanding industrial environments. To give existing users an upgrade path, the LX family uses the same FT3 socket as its Embedded-G series predecessor, the “Steppe Eagle.” AMD expects to make the devices available later this month.
The other two new families go a step further in performance, taking the Embedded-G series into a third generation that offers pin compatibility with the highest-performance R-series to maximize design flexibility. Together with the LX family, these new offerings give developers the ability to span entry level to mainstream gaming, signage, and industrial control.