AMD’s Embedded G-Series family has just gotten bigger with our latest x86 System-on-chip (SoC), previously codenamed “Steppe Eagle” and the x86 central processing unit (CPU), previously codenamed  “Crowned Eagle.”

 

Last month we introduced the revolutionary second generation AMD Embedded R-Series solution previously codenamed  “Bald Eagle,” today we continue to bring innovation in the embedded market.

 

The Embedded G-Series “Steppe Eagle” SoC is a marvel of engineering, with a 60 percent CPU intensive  performance jump1 from previous G-Series SoC solutions, with a configurable TDP as low as 5W. “Steppe Eagle” is a highly efficient SoC, with a 96 percent improvement in overall performance-per-watt2 and is designed to work in the harshest environments, delivering dependable performance where it is needed the most.

 

The “Steppe Eagle” SoC includes a graphics processing unit based on AMD’s award winning and proven Graphics Core Next architecture. This allows “Steppe Eagle” to produce stunning graphics and because it supports OpenCL™, provides immense compute capability.

 

Our latest Embedded G-Series SoCs also combine enterprise-grade technology such as ECC support and the AMD platform security processor (PSP). AMD PSP is built upon ARM’s proven TrustZone® architecture and provides protection against malicious software threats.

 

Alongside “Steppe Eagle,” we are launching a new 64-bit x86 CPU previously known as “Crowned Eagle.” This CPU is designed to meet the rapidly growing demand for high performance network services due to the proliferation of the cloud. “Crowned Eagle” is designed for networking and communications infrastructure equipment, with features such as PCI-Express Gen 2.0, USB 3.0 and single-channel DDR3-1600 memory with ECC support and TDP as low as 5W.

 

To address the need for demand for data security protocols such as IPSec, “Crowned Eagle” incorporates an on-chip security processor that allows for fan-less security appliances, such as network infrastructure equipment, Network Attached Storage appliances and storage controllers.

 

We have made it easier than ever for our customers to use different members of the Embedded G-Series family. The new AMD G-Series SoC and CPU solutions

are pin-compatible, meaning customers can design common boards and slot in the G-Series SoC of choice without having to invest in hardware and software tooling.

 

To support our Embedded G-Series silicon, we are a committed member of the Linux community. AMD is a gold-level sponsor of the Yocto Project™ - a Linux Foundation Collaboration Project. We have also recently signed a multi-year agreement with Mentor Graphics, a major contributor in the open source community, giving developers access to customized embedded Linux development and commercial support on our AMD G-Series family of chips.

 

The AMD Embedded G-Series has collected numerous press and industry awards. Today the AMD G-Series gets two new family members, extending AMD’s position of product and innovation leadership in the embedded market and serving applications such as networking, industrial control and automation and cloud-based thin client solutions.


Kamal Khouri is Director of Embedded Products at AMD. His postings are his 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. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

 

1 CPU performance comparison based on Passmark v7 benchmark. The performance delta of 60% was calculated based on GX-212JC’s Passmark v7 CPU Mark score of 1623 and GX-210JA’s Passmark v7 CPU Mark score of 1016. The AMD Steppe Eagle GX-212JC used an AMD Larne motherboard with 4GB DDR3-1333 memory and 320GB Toshiba HDD. The G-S SOC GX-210JA used an AMD Larne motherboard with 4GB DDR3-1066 and 320GB Seagate HDD. Both systems ran Windows® 7 Ultimate. EMB-99

 

2 Overall performance was measured using a suite of industry benchmarks consisting of 3DMark06, 3DMark11, POVRay v3.7, Passmark v7, PCMark8 v2.0, and BasemarkCL 1.0. The GX-412HC’s TDP is 7W and GX-210HA’s TDP is 9W. The performance delta of 53% was calculated based on GX-412HC’s geometric mean of 555.3 and GX-210HA’s geometric mean of 363.6. The performance-per-watt delta of 96% was calculated based on GX-412HC’s performance-per-watt ratio of 79.3 and GX-210HA’s performance-per-watt ratio of 40.4. The AMD Steppe Eagle GX-412HC and G-S SOC GX-210HA used an AMD Larne motherboard with 4GB DDR3-1333 memory and 320GB Toshiba HDD. The system ran Windows® 7 Ultimate. EMB-104