AMD Launches New Complete Platforms for Embedded Systems

Low-power, high-performance CPUs, chipsets and graphics deliver numerous new technical options, benefits of x86, and ease of a single source

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At Embedded Systems Conference today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced two new complete platforms for the embedded market, the compact ASB2 platform (BGA) and the highperformance AM3 platform, that offer myriad combinations of power and performance with up to 74 percent improvement in performanceperwatt over previous generations.* AMD's new flexible embedded platforms consist of chipset and graphics solutions along with highperformance CPUs as low as 8W TDP for the ideal solution based on application requirements. System designers focusing on their nextgeneration products can see immediate benefits commonly associated with industrystandard x86 processors, including streamlined design and development, a large software ecosystem, and fast timetomarket.

"The barriers to widespread adoption of x86 in the broad embedded market have traditionally been a combination of power, price and the physical footprint of the silicon," said Buddy Broeker, director, Embedded Solutions Division, AMD. "AMD's embedded solutions have been steadily driving down those barriers while adding enterpriseclass performance and features that may not have been readily available to designers in the past. Our commitment to the embedded market grows stronger as we look to a future introduction of AMD Fusion(TM) technology products into the embedded space."

Embedded industry leaders support the benefits of AMD's approach to x86 and complete platform solutions in the market. Read what customers iBASE and Quixant have to say about AMD Embedded Solutions.

New Platform Features

- Faster memory with support for 2 channels DDR3
- Improved I/O for highthroughput and realtime applications with available HyperTransport(TM) 3.0 technology
- ECC for highreliability applications like SMB/SOHO storage systems
- Multiple CPU options that offer wide choice of performance and power: Power envelopes in 8, 12, 15, 25, 45, and 65 watts TDP with Single-, dual- and quadcore up to 2.8 GHz
- AMD 785E chipset with support for PCI Express® 2.0
- New ATI Radeon(TM) HD 4200 graphics with DirectX® 10.1, full 1080p display resolution support, HDMI, and powersavings capability with options to support multiple displays
- Socket AM3 package, compatible with socket AM2 when using DDR2 memory for increased design flexibility and scalability
- Lidless BGA package offers lowcost to manufacture, high reliability, and low zheight for small form factors and fanless designs

The processor variants, each of which is combined with the AMD785E / SB850M chipsets and which support the Direct Connect Architecture for a simplified board design, are available on the ASB2 platform of the AMD Turion(TM) II Neo singlecore processor at 1.0 GHz up to the AMD Turion(TM) II Neo dualcore processor at 2.2 GHz. The AM3 platform is scalable from the Athlon II XLT Dual Core processor with 2.0 GHz up to the AMD Phenom (TM) II XLT Quad-Core Processor (2.2 GHz). In total, 9 performance classes were launched alongside the AMD785E, all of which support 64bit:

ASB2 (rugged BGA platform)

-25W AMD Turion(TM) II Neo (Dual-Core, 2.2GHz, HT3)
-15W AMD Turion II Neo (Dual-Core, 1.5 GHz, HT3)
-12W AMD Athlon II Neo (Dual-Core, 1.3 GHz, HT1)
-12W AMD Athlon II Neo (Single-Core, 1.7 GHz, HT1)
-8W AMD Athlon II Neo (Single-Core, 1.0 GHz, HT1)

AM3 (socketed platforms)

-65W AMD Phenom(TM) II XLT (Quad-Core, 2.2GHz, HT3 )
-45W AMD Athlon II XL (Dual-Core, 2.8GHz, HT3)
-45W AMD Athlon II XLT (Dual-Core, 2.7GHz, HT3)
-25W AMD Athlon II XLT (Dual-Core, 2.0 GHz, HT3)

* Internal testing of current vs. previous generation AMD processorbased embedded systems as of April 1, 2010, showed up to 74% performanceperwatt advantage for the current generation. Current system: AMD Athlon(TM) II Neo R34L (8W TDP), Bimini development platform, AMD 785 Chipset, 2 GB RAM, Windows XP SP2. Previous generation: AMD Sempron(TM) 2010U processor (15W TDP), MSI 9858 motherboard, 2 GB RAM, Windows XP SP2. Performanceperwatt calculated based on geometric mean of three benchmarks divided by processor thermal design power (TDP). Benchmarks: 3DMark®06; POV-Ray; and SiSoftware Sandra 2007 (Processor Arithmetic, Memory Bandwidth, and Performance Index subtests).
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