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High-performance, low-power JX products deliver optimal balance of 4K multimedia processing at competitive price point

 

AMD Embedded G-Series systems-on-a-chip (SoCs) have a small footprint design to support compact form factors and drive power efficiency without compromising on high-speed graphics and computing performance. AMD recently refreshed its AMD Embedded G-Series J Family of processors, formerly codenamed “Prairie Falcon,” now offering pin compatibility with the higher performance AMD Embedded R-Series SoC, formerly codenamed “Merlin Falcon,” to enable design continuity and continued scalability from high-end to low-end offerings.

 

JX Family Icons.jpgThese midrange AMD Embedded G-Series J SoCs deliver optimized performance-per-watt and stunning multimedia capabilities, including 4K high-speed video decode, at a competitive price point for a variety of applications in vertical markets such as thin client, digital signage, casino gaming, retail point of sale (POS), industrial/automation, military/aerospace, smart camera, set-top box (STB) and networking/communications equipment.

 

Additionally, the upgraded AMD Embedded G-Series J Family of processors are attractive for devices such as thin clients with exacting energy efficiency requirements, supporting thermal design profiles (TDPs) measuring less than 10W.

 

Consistent with a majority of AMD Embedded products, the AMD Embedded G-Series J Family has planned availability for up to 10 years, providing a long-lifecycle support roadmap for our customers.

 

Learn more here about product specifications and to speak with an AMD representative.

 

Stephen Turnbull is Director of Product Marketing, Datacenter and Embedded Solutions Business Group, AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Use of third-party marks/logos are for informational purposes only and no endorsement of or by AMD is intended or implied. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

Retailers all over the world rely on point-of-sale (POS) systems to increase productivity and ensure a seamless customer experience, and each retailer has a unique set of feature requirements for their system that ties to specific business goals. For example, a start-up running in a pop-up shop needs to maximize floor and counter space for product promotion and may only have a small corner slot available for a POS. On the other hand, an established brick and mortar may be more concerned with power management to reduce energy consumption and operating costs when evaluating POS options. Toshiba understands these varying requirements and has teamed with AMD to introduce their new Toshiba D10 POS system, a sleek and compact solution that delivers the right functionality at the right price for small businesses and fast-growing retailers.

 

D10.jpgToshiba sought a technology partner for its new POS capable of delivering low power in a small footprint while still enabling retailers to connect to a full range of peripheral devices, all without compromising on performance. Enter the AMD Embedded G-Series processor. With low-power, multi-display configurability and scalable features, the AMD Embedded G-Series processor can optimize energy usage and support innovative, small form factor designs as well as help reduce overall development costs for applications such as the Toshiba D10. 

 

“Starting a new business or making a strategic investment to support a fast-growing one is a decision any retailer should make very carefully. This is why Toshiba decided to bring the D10 system to market,” said Dr. Stephen K. Markham, Senior Vice President Global Strategy and Portfolio, Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions. “From our experience working with some of the world’s largest retailers, we’ve been able to identify the characteristics that are most important to help emerging retailers execute their business plans and make technology investment decisions aligned to their budgets and growth aspirations. And by partnering with AMD, we’ve been able to do just that. The future is very bright!”

 

The Toshiba D10 POS enables retailers to achieve brilliant commerce with a small-scale platform, supported by significant performance and easy installation and maintenance. The solution is targeted at Asia, EMEA and Latin American markets, and is an open platform with broad operating system (OS) support that can meet the functionality, style and versatility needs of today’s retail environments. For more details, including configuration and specifications for Toshiba D10, please visit this link. To purchase the Toshiba D10, please contact your local Toshiba Business Partner.

 

AMD is pleased to continue expanding our strategic partnerships with renowned companies like Toshiba that have a strong brand presence and proven industry expertise. We look forward to growing our global customer base as we power the next generation of products in a number of markets including retail, medical imaging, thin client, industrial systems, casino gaming, networking and more. Read about the applications we enable here.

 

Stephen Turnbull is Director of Product Marketing, Datacenter and Embedded Solutions Business Group, AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Use of third-party marks/logos are for informational purposes only and no endorsement of or by AMD is intended or implied. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied. 

With a rich history of expertise in embedded solutions, AMD is taking a major leap forward by bringing together the powerful performance of the AMD “Zen” CPU and “Vega” GPU architectures to deliver powerful chip performance and stunning graphics capabilities.

 

RyzenBlog.jpgIntroducing the AMD Ryzen™ Embedded V1000. This next-generation embedded accelerated processing unit (APU) demonstrates the company’s commitment to highly scalable, integrated products with top security features and a dedication to long lifecycle support. With solutions built for the long haul, our latest family of processors will support end-user needs today and tomorrow.

 

Building on the success of AMD integrated embedded APUs, the AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 processor family delivers an up to 2X boost[i] in processing performance while reducing the design, form factor and thermal management challenges common in discrete CPU and GPU configurations. Not to mention the up to 3X increase in GPU performance over competitive solutionsiv. By coupling a high-performance CPU and GPU on a single die, this marks a new age of embedded processors in terms of performance and graphics capabilities.

 

The result? Users will benefit from significant space savings, smaller board designs and more efficient cooling architectures than what can be achieved with heterogeneous CPU and GPU chipsets. With these capabilities packaged in a small footprint, the AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 processor family can power up to four independent displays in 4K resolution with the additional ability to support 5K graphics for applications demanding extreme visual clarity, such as medical imaging in an ultrasound machine.

 

At a Glance: Ryzen Embedded V1000 Processor Family

  • High-performance ‘Zen’ CPU and ‘Vega’ GPU on a single die; offers up to 4 CPU cores and up to 11 GPU compute units to achieve processing throughput as high as 3.6 TFLOPS[ii]
  • Up to 200 percent more performance compared to previous generations[iii]
  • Up to 3X more GPU performance than the competition[iv]
  • Up to 46% more multi-threaded performance than the competition[v]
  • Up to 26% smaller footprint than the competition for optimized board design[vi]
  • TDP ranges from 12W to 54W
  • I/O capabilities that support up to 16 PCIe lanes, dual GbE and expansive USB options
  • Ability to drive up to four independent displays running in 4K, with the ability to support 5K graphics for next-generation visual clarity
  • Dual-channel 64-bit DDR4, with performance up to 3200 MT/s
  • Product availability for up to 10 years, offering customers a long lifecycle support roadmap

 

In Action: Displays Driving Healthcare Decisions

Esaote, one of the world’s leading producers of medical diagnostic systems, selected the new AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 processor family to provide the resolution and graphics capabilities its doctors and technicians rely on to make critical healthcare decisions and complete accurate diagnostics. By delivering the performance and image clarity medical imaging demands, this processor lets Esaote design smaller, more portable ultrasound systems to improve total cost of ownership for their customers and create a better experience for patients.

 

Even more, this processor packs outstanding graphics on a single chip, which delivers significant space and power savings across a variety of markets including medical imaging, casino gaming, media and collaboration as well as digital signage.

 

Looking Ahead: Built for the Long Haul

We focus on anticipating the needs of tomorrow, so our customers can concentrate on delivering advanced applications to create better and more engaging experiences today.

 

The Ryzen Embedded V1000 processor family ushers in a new age of embedded processors and creates a new tier of products for AMD Embedded team, driving unprecedented levels performance and unparalleled support needed to scale with the unknown challenges and advanced applications of tomorrow.

 



[i] Testing done at AMD Embedded Software Engineering Lab. The AMD R-series Embedded SOC formerly codenamed "Merlin Falcon" scored 2399 and the AMD V-series V1807 scored 4978, when running 3dMark® 11P benchmark which measures GPU performance. (4978/2399=2.075) The AMD R-series Embedded SOC formerly called "Merlin Falcon" scored 273 and the AMD V-series V1807 scored 665 on Cinebench R15 nT which measures multi-threaded CPU performance. (665/273= 2.435). AMD Embedded R-Series RX-421BD used a AMD “Bettong” Platform, with a 2x8GB DDR4-2400 RAM, 250GB SSD Drive (non-rotating), TDP 35W, STAPM and ECC Disabled, Graphics Driver 17.40.2011-171026a-320350C-AES, BIOS RBE1306A. AMD Ryzen Embedded V-Series V1807B used the AMD “Dibbler” Platform with 2x8GB DDR4 3200 RAM, 250GB SSD Drive (non-rotating), TDP 35W, STAPM and ECC Disabled, Graphics Driver 17.40-171114a-320676E-AES-2-wRV-E9171, BIOS TDB1100EA.   Both systems ran Microsoft Windows® 10 Pro. EMB-144.

[ii] The equation makes assumptions for clock and uses16-bit floating point operands. FLOPS = 11 CU * 4 SIMD/CU * 4Shaders/SIMD * 4 MAC/Pixel * 4 FLOPS/Cycle/ALU * 1300MHz = 3.661 TFLOPS. EMB-151.

[iii] Testing done at AMD Embedded Software Engineering Lab on the Intel Core i3 -7100U.   The Ryzen 3 2200U was used to approximate the V1202B. The i3-7100U scored 254 and the AMD Ryzen 3 2200U scored 372 on Cinebench R15 nT benchmark which measures multi-threaded CPU performance. System Configurations: Intel Core i3-7100u: HP 15inch Notebook, i3-7100u with Intel® HD Graphics 620, 1x8GB DDR4-2133 RAM, 1 TB 5400 rpm SATA, Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, Graphics Driver 21.20.16.4627, BIOS F.07. AMD Ryzen 3 2200U: AMD “Mandolin” Platform, TDP 15W, STAPM enabled, ECC Disabled 2x4GB DDR4 2400 RAM, 512GB SSD Drive (non-rotating), Microsoft Windows 10 Pro RS3, Graphics Driver 23.20.768.0. EMB-147.

[iv] Comparison is based on performance measured using the 3dMark® 11P benchmark.  The AMD V-series V1807B scored 5618; the Intel Core i7-7700HQ scored 1783. The score for the Intel Core i7-7700HQ was measured using HP Omen with 8GB, Intel® HD 630 Graphics, 1x8GB DDR4 2400 RAM, 1TB 7200rpm HD, Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, Graphics Driver 21.20.16.4627, BIOS F.24. The score for AMD Ryzen Embedded V-Series V1807B was measured using the AMD “Dibbler” Platform, 2x8GB DDR4 3200 RAM, 250GB SSD Drive (non-rotating), TDP 45W, STAPM Enabled, ECC Disabled, Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, Graphics Driver 17.40-171114a-320676E-AES-2-wRV-E9171, BIOS TDB1100EA. EMB-146.

[v] Testing done at AMD Embedded Software Engineering Lab on the Intel Core i3 -7100U.   The Ryzen 3 2200U was used to approximate the V1202B. The i3-7100U scored 254 and the AMD Ryzen 3 2200U scored 372 on Cinebench R15 nT benchmark which measures multi-threaded CPU performance. System Configurations: Intel Core i3-7100u: HP 15inch Notebook, i3-7100u with Intel® HD Graphics 620, 1x8GB DDR4-2133 RAM, 1 TB 5400 rpm SATA, Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, Graphics Driver 21.20.16.4627, BIOS F.07. AMD Ryzen 3 2200U: AMD “Mandolin” Platform, TDP 15W, STAPM enabled, ECC Disabled 2x4GB DDR4 2400 RAM, 512GB SSD Drive (non-rotating), Microsoft Windows 10 Pro RS3, Graphics Driver 23.20.768.0. EMB-147.

[vi] The Intel i7-7700HQ package size in FCBGA1440 is 28mm x 42mm = 1176mm2 versus the V1000 family in FP5 package 25mm x35mm = 875mm2 which is 26% smaller than the i7-7700HQ. Source From intel ARK website: https://ark.intel.com/products/97185/Intel-Core-i7-7700HQ-Processor-6M-Cache-up-to-3_80-GHz. EMB-150.

Capturing viewer attention in an increasingly distracted world presents a continuous obstacle, particularly when it comes to digital signage. Offering a creative and immersive experience can directly impact whether a potential customer will choose to walk into a retail location or click on a website after exposure to a dynamic video wall or interactive digital billboard. YCD, one of the leading global providers of advanced digital signage software solutions, has relied on AMD for more than a decade to deliver the processing capabilities and graphics expertise required to enable a rich and dynamic experience that keeps viewers engaged. The iconic, massive billboard at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square in New York City is one of many YCD-supported displays, proof of the power of digital signage.

 

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YCD strikes the optimal balance between driving next-generation consumer experiences while keeping complexity and total cost of ownership (TCO) down with its Cnario digital signage software suite. Cnario offers pixel-perfect playback, display versatility, adjustable content management and multi-CPU frame synchronization for any type and size of video wall canvas. By delivering an off-the-shelf solution designed with an open architecture, YCD simplifies integration with third party applications and can easily scale to meet business needs.

 

YCD leverages AMD graphics technology to support multiple displays and ‘Any-K’ resolution, whether 4K, 8K or beyond. By enabling synchronization of 3D rendering of multiple GPUs in different systems without compromising sync, AMD graphics technology helps ensure a premium and reliable experience for a variety of digital signage applications while targeting lower TCO with simplified installation, deployment and maintenance.

 

 

 

In addition to the well-known Marriott Marquis LED display, below are more examples of digital signage experiences made possible by the collaboration between AMD and YCD:

 

  • AT&T: All about keeping customers connected, YCD helped AT&T to create various interactive zones within its Chicago flagship location that include demos displayed on multiple monitors and an 18 foot high dynamic video wall, delivering engaging promotional content directly to consumers. 
  • Microsoft Retail Stores: Thanks to YCD, Microsoft can centrally manage more than 8,000 screens in more than 80 locations. With more than 100 LCD screens in a video wall format that wraps nearly 200 feet around each store, shoppers are immersed in an eye-catching and seamless HD experience that encourages in-store interaction with the products.
  • Yale School of Management: The lobby in the facility boasts two YCD-powered video wall displays with 36 monitors that scale three floors high, showcasing interactive, highly-engaging HD content such as school-wide agendas, conference schedules, special announcements and photography from around campus broadcast in real-time.

 

AMD is proud to team with companies such as YCD to power the next generation of transformative enterprise and consumer products in a growing number of vertical markets across the globe. Read more about the vertical applications we enable here.

 

Stephen Turnbull is Director Product Marketing, AMD Enterprise Solutions. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Use of third party marks / logos is for informational purposes only and no endorsement of or by AMD is intended or implied. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied. 

Applications such as videoconferencing and watching videos can take up a lot of central processing unit (CPU) compute power in thin client environments, making it difficult to multitask and affecting the overall user experience. AMD is addressing this challenge head-on by partnering with Citrix to improve multimedia performance in Linux®-based thin client systems with the new Citrix Optimization for Linux.

 

By offloading functions from the CPU and redirecting them to the graphics processing unit (GPU) decode engine, the new Citrix Optimization for Linux, co-developed by AMD, frees up CPU usage for other activities and helps improve the frame per second (FPS) performance for multimedia activities. This enables end-users to take full advantage of the resources available and do more with the same Linux-based thin clients. This plugin can be seamlessly integrated into existing Citrix Receiver Deployments, reducing the time it takes for the optimized system to be up and running.

 

For example, in testing with the new Citrix Optimization for Linux running on an AMD G-Series GX-224 with Ubuntu 16.04.1, we saw up to 90% lower CPU usage on average and up to 60% higher FPS in 4K video playback.1

 

Click here to see the optimization in action with a video showing both the CPU cycle offload and frame per second performance improvement using the Citrix Optimization for Linux.

 

“Our collaboration with AMD helps ensure our Citrix Optimization for Linux provides customers with superior graphics, performance and an increased ability to multitask, all while minimizing CPU utilization with the new,” said Sridhar Mullapudi, vice president of product management, Citrix. “Together we provide our customers an improved Linux-based thin client experience with premium multimedia capabilities.”

 

Learn more about AMD’s thin client leadership and the Citrix Optimization for Linux by AMD here.

 

Stephen Turnbull is Director Product Marketing, AMD Enterprise Solutions. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

 

1. AMD Internal Testing November 2016. System configuration with AMD Embedded G-Series GX-224IJ with 2.4 GHz dual core processor, 4GB of DD3 2133 MHz AMD Radeon Memory, and SanDisk X110 128GB SSD running Ubuntu 16.04.1 (kernel version 4.4). Benchmarks were done in a simulated Citrix session at 4K resolution. With Citrix Optimization off, CPU usage was 85% on average; with Citrix Optimization on, CPU usage was 6% for a reduction of 92.9% in CPU usage with Citrix Optimization on. With Citrix Optimization off, average FPS was 26.42; with Citrix Optimization on, average FPS was 42.18 for an improvement of 59.6% in FPS with Citrix Optimization on. Testing was conducted in a single run, results may vary. 

AMD’s Embedded processors are integrated into end products by hundreds of companies in Taiwan. We are committed to helping these customers create feature-rich solutions that deliver powerful performance and vivid visual experiences to expand the possible for them and their end users. As in Taiwan, companies around the globe are deploying AMD Embedded solutions to enable new products across a range of markets including gaming, thin clients, medical imaging, digital signage and more.

 

Taiwanese companies gravitate toward solutions with outstanding price per performance, low power consumption, support for Linux operating systems and that offer open source software. These attributes help Taiwanese companies deliver differentiated solutions, and play directly to AMD’s strengths. For example, GPUOpen, which grew out of AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group, provides innovative computer generated imagery and GPU computing applications for great performance and lifelike experiences using open development tools and software. GPUOpen is widely used in applications ranging from medical imaging to gaming. AMD has also shown great commitment to Linux through open source drivers and a wider set of programming tools. In addition, the Radeon Open Compute Platform (“ROCm”) platform for high-performance GPU computing opens new frontiers of what developers can accomplish. 

 

Below are examples of key customers in Taiwan that are using AMD solutions to create groundbreaking solutions.

 

iBASE

As a manufacturer of industrial panel PCs and digital signage that targets the medical, retail, casino gaming and financial sectors, iBASE requires a powerful processor with immersive graphics capabilities that can handle a variety of applications. By leveraging the AMD G-Series SoC to power its 1850 multi-touch intelligent bedside terminal, iBASE can enable patients to engage in online gaming and physicians to examine 3D scans. The SI-60E 8K video wall player was the winner of the 2016 Taiwan Excellence Award and the 2015 Computex Best Choice Award.

 

Portwell

Delivering advanced compute and display capabilities at a low TDP is a priority for Portwell, supplier of form factor boards for medical OEMs. The company integrates AMD’s Embedded CPUs and GPUs into their ComE boards to enable high-performance and low-power medical equipment such as ultrasounds, X-ray, endoscopes and more.

Clientron

Enabling a rich user experience for both remote applications such as thin clients and high-performance platforms such as point of sale (POS) systems is key for global intelligent solutions and services company Clientron. This AMD Embedded customer designs products for the retail, hospitality and finance markets, among others. Clientron utilizes AMD’s Embedded G-Series SoC to enable HD multimedia capability and stunning graphics in its B600 thin client.

 

AMD delivers unprecedented choice when it comes to selecting an embedded processor, offering scalability and ease of migration between devices. This allows customers to “right-size” processors to meet their specific product needs while reducing the number of platforms they need to build to meet a variety of applications. Our Embedded G-Series and R-Series SoCs pack major processing power in a small platform, with pin compatible products ranging from 5-35W that can scale to meet a diverse set of customer needs. What’s more, they deliver stunning multimedia graphics, 4K resolution and support for multiple HD displays, all while maximizing performance per watt to conserve energy and reduce system costs.

 

Click here to learn more about the AMD Embedded products.

 

Stephen Turnbull is Director of Product Marketing for AMD Enterprise Solutions. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.