By Christine Van De Graaf, Aaeon


Few things are more frustrating than wondering if you did something wrong, but being too far to go check on it personally.  For me, it’s usually something like “Did I remember to turn off the heater (on a cold day)”.  Another example: “Oh no, it’s going to rain!  I should have turned off the automatic sprinkler.”  The latest technologies for home automation definitely are helping in this department.


Solutions built around the AMD Embedded G-Series T40E/T40R Dual/Single core APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) have the built-in capabilities to support easy-to-use interactive displays as well as supporting I/O and expansion that enable seamless connection with additional technologies.  These benefits – implemented into a home automation system – make addressing those frustrations such as a forgotten sprinkler system adjustment more manageable.


The Aaeon PICO-HD01, an extremely compact PICO-ITX embedded single board computer (SBC) based on the AMD Embedded G-Series APU, is a good fit for home automation systems.  This SBC utilizes the support for DirectX®11, OpenGL 4.0 and OpenCL™ 1.1 that is integrated in the AMD G-Series APU platform to provide improved 3D visual effects and dynamic interactivity on LVDS control panels.  Home automation becomes much easier to users when it’s a matter of working with an intuitive picture-based control touch panel.  Need to ask a relative who is less tech-savvy to turn off the HVAC system for you? Such user-friendly systems make it much simpler.


The Aaeon PICO-HD01 also has enough I/O support to be able to seamlessly communicate (wired and wirelessly) with that automatic sprinkler system.  In a few taps on your smart mobile device (expansion Wi-Fi communicating with the sprinkler control system), the system can be adjusted to “OFF” on a suddenly rainy day.


This is just the tip of the iceberg for home automation interaction/control made possible by technology such as the AMD G-Series APU-based Aaeon PICO-HD01.


Christine Van De Graaf is a Sr. Solutions Architect with Aaeon. Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites, and references to third party trademarks, are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only.  AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.