In a move to differentiate itself from rival Intel , AMD on Monday rolled out its Embedded R-Series accelerated processing unit platform, or APU.
With its latest innovation, AMD is targeting users of mid- to high-end graphics-intensive applications like digital signage, casino gaming, point-of-sale systems and kiosks, as well as parallel-processing-intensive applications.
The Embedded R-Series APU combines AMD's new "Piledriver" CPU architecture with its DirectX 11-capable AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series graphics in a heterogeneous multicore embedded processing platform.
Buddy Broeker, director of AMD Embedded Solutions, said AMD developed the embedded APU to offer its customers a high-performance , power -efficient, small form-factor embedded processor .
"By leveraging its seamlessly integrated heterogeneous system architecture, developers can tap into a high-performance and efficient parallel processing engine to accelerate their graphics- and compute-intensive applications, all while using industry-standard libraries such as OpenCL and DirectCompute," Broeker said.
Under the Hood
When you lift up the hood, so to speak, on the Embedded R-Series APU, you'll find that it integrates dedicated resources that work to drive performance with shared resources while simultaneously reducing power consumption and die space.
Because of its scalability, AMD said, the new APU gives developers the flexibility to leverage the same board design and software stack for a variety of apps. The Embedded R-Series also integrates discrete-class graphics into the processor, which means apps that previously required a separate graphics processor or card now can be delivered on a wide range of form factors.
Devs working with the AMD Embedded R-Series APU can implement remote management, client virtualization and security capabilities. All this aims to help reduce deployment costs and increase security and reliability of their AMD R-Series based platform through AMD DAS 1.0, featuring DASH 1.1, AMD Virtualization and Trusted Platform Module 1.2 support.
Researchers Give Nod
"The AMD Embedded R-Series APU capitalizes on a number of trends around hardware integration and software development," said Jonathan Hastings, analyst with VDC Research Group. "It combines a CPU and GPU in a heterogeneous multicore platform and provides software migration through tools like OpenCL." (continued...)