AMD recently released their embedded computing product roadmap for 2014 which shows that they will be offering ARM based processors and X86 solutions. The lineups specifically shows x86 APUs and CPUs, along with ARM SoC solution and AMD Radeon embedded solution (GPU) solution for 2014. As expected AMD is set to provide these solutions specifically for performance-per-watt solution, but still as a low powered multicore solutions.
AMD would be introducing R series solutions ‘Hierofalcon’ which will use ARM Cortex A57 core, followed by APU and CPU offering ‘Bald Eagle’ with x86 Steamroller processing architecture. For discrete GPU core which will use GCN architecture in embedded solutions, codenamed ‘adelaar’ would be made available and ‘Steppe Eagle’ Low power SoC units.
Hierofalcon which will be using ARM’s 64bit 8 core A57 is made specifically for data center, communications and industrial solutions, and will be clocked at 2 GHz with 2x DDR3/ 4 channels, 10Gb KR Ethernet and PCI-e 3.0. The production of these chips would during 2H 2014, but the samples would be out by Q2 2014.
Bald Eagle which will come as an APU and CPU variant will be using Steamroller cores with 35W TDP rating and would be used as a solution for digital signage and gaming solution and would be out by 1H 2014. Steppe Eagle APU SoC solution will be using Jaguar CPU architecture and made for low-power embedded application with the clock speed starting from 2 GHz upwards and will be made available in 1H 2014.
Adelaar is a Radeon GPU solution with GCN architecture to deliver rich 3D graphics, but also multi-display support and DX 11.1 and OpenGL 4.2 for Windows and Linux platforms. This would be embedded as a mobile PCI express module or as a standard PCIe card.
According to what AMD pointed out, the embedded solution market is divided into higher performance microprocessors, IP connectivity and high level OS.
“AMD is committed to providing the embedded community with the solutions required to succeed in today’s transformative market as it continues to expand at an unprecedented rate,” said Arun Iyengar, vice president and general manager, AMD Embedded Solutions. “There are different customer needs in different segments of this market, from low-power to high-performance, Linux to Windows, and x86 to ARM, and now with our upcoming product portfolio, we are addressing them by providing embedded design engineers with a range of solutions backed by our embedded longevity program for supply stability assurance to fit their every need.”
“The unprecedented rise of intelligent-connected solutions over the next several years will require a myriad of ultra low-power to ultra high-performance solutions connecting devices to the cloud,” said Jim McGregor, Principal Analyst with TIRIAS Research. “With their new roadmap, AMD leverages both ARM and x86 computing and graphics architectures to fulfill the company’s vision of creating an ambidextrous ecosystem. The current products combined with the new roadmap offer price, performance and power options to meet the needs of embedded designers.