AMD today rolled out its G-Series platform, the world's first combination of low-power CPU and advanced GPU integrated into a single embedded Accelerated Processing Unit (APU). The G-Series is all about power, or more specifically, the power you're not consuming. According to AMD, these APUs carry thermal design power (TDP) ratings of 5.5 and 6.4 watts, resulting in up to 39 percent power savings compared to previous versions.
G-Series APUs ship in a 361mm2 package that AMD says is ideal fo compact, fanless embedded systems like digital signage, kiosks, mobile industrial devices, and emerging industry standard small form factors like Qseven.
"We have seen many of our embedded customers deploy fanless systems even with our 15W TDP processors in the past. Today we take the ground-breaking AMD Fusion APU well below 7W TDP and shatter the accepted traditional threshold for across-the-board fanless enablement," said Buddy Broeker, director, Embedded Solutions, AMD. "System designers can now unleash their creativity without being constrained by heat or size issues."
AMD claims its G-Series APUs offer up to 3 times the performance per watt of previous generation parts. Other notable features include DirectX 11 support, OpenGL 4.0, OpenCL 1.1, and AMD Turbo on select models (T56N and T40N).