Complete platforms for embedded systems

11 May 2010

Low-power, high-performance CPUs, chipsets and graphics deliver ease of a single source
Low-power, high-performance CPUs, chipsets and graphics deliver ease of a single source

Low-power, high-performance CPUs, chipsets and graphics deliver ease of a single source.

AMD has launched two new complete platforms for the embedded market, the compact ASB2 platform (BGA) and the high-performance AM3 platform, that offer myriad combinations of power and performance with up to 74% improvement in performance-per-watt over previous generations.
Internal testing of current versus previous generation AMD processor-based embedded systems as of 1 April 2010 showed up to 74% performance-per-watt advantage for the current generation.
AMD’s new flexible embedded platforms consist of chipset and graphics solutions along with high-performance CPUs as low as 8W TDP for the ideal solution based on application requirements. System designers focusing on their next-generation products can see immediate benefits commonly associated with industry-standard x86 processors, including streamlined design and development, a large software ecosystem, and fast time-to-market.

“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 of Embedded Solutions Division at AMD. “AMD’s embedded solutions have been steadily driving down those barriers while adding enterprise-class 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 technology products into the embedded space.”

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 II Neo single-core processor at 1.0GHz up to the AMD Turion II Neo dual-core processor at 2.2GHz. The AM3 platform is scalable from the Athlon II XLT Dual Core processor with 2.0GHz up to the AMD Phenom II XLT Quad-Core Processor (2.2GHz).

In total, nine performance classes were launched alongside the AMD785E, all of which support 64bit:
ASB2 (rugged BGA platform)
25W AMD Turion II Neo (Dual-Core, 2.2GHz, HT3)
15W AMD Turion II Neo (Dual-Core, 1.5GHz, HT3)
12W AMD Athlon II Neo (Dual-Core, 1.3GHz, HT1)
12W AMD Athlon II Neo (Single-Core, 1.7GHz, HT1)
8W AMD Athlon II Neo (Single-Core, 1.0GHz, HT1)

AM3 (socketed platforms)
65W AMD Phenom 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)

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