AMD reveals roadmap for 2014 embedded products

AMD’s roadmap shows its focusing on powerhouse embedded chips with Radeon graphics.

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As the PC market shrinks, AMD has been actively pursuing other markets for its silicon. Today the company publicly unveiled its embedded offerings for 2014.

These embedded chips are targeted towards applications such as set top boxes, smart TVs, industrial control and aerospace.

The highlight of AMD’s embedded offerings for 2014 is “Adelaar”, which contains a discrete AMD Embedded Radeon GPU and 2GB of memory. AMD is likely hoping that this will be the chip that powers next-generation smart TVs and set-top boxes.

Below is a run-down from AMD on the chips they are offering embedded clients:

“Hierofalcon” CPU SoC

“Hierofalcon” is the first 64-bit ARM-based platform from AMD targeting embedded data center applications, communications infrastructure and industrial solutions. It will include up to eight ARM Cortex™-A57 CPUs expected to run up to 2.0 GHz, and provides high-performance memory with two 64-bit DDR3/4 channels with error correction code (ECC) for high reliability applications. The highly integrated SoC includes 10 Gb KR Ethernet and PCI-Express Gen 3 for high-speed network connectivity, making it ideal for control plane applications. The “Hierofalcon” series also provides enhanced security with support for ARM TrustZone® technology and a dedicated cryptographic security co-processor, aligning to the increased need for networked, secure systems. “Hierofalcon” is expected to be sampling in the second quarter of 2014 with production in the second half of the year.

“Bald Eagle” APU/CPU

With “Bald Eagle,” AMD continues to build on its heritage as a leading provider of x86 solutions for the embedded market. “Bald Eagle” is the next generation high-performance x86-based embedded processor available as both an APU and CPU featuring up to four new “Steamroller” CPU cores within a 35W TDP. The APU products will provide the new power-optimized AMD Radeon™ Graphics Core Next GPU architecture and HSA enhancements for high-performance embedded applications, making it a superior solution for next-generation digital signage and embedded digital gaming. The “Bald Eagle” family will also introduce new power management features, such as configurable TDP, allowing engineers more design flexibility. “Bald Eagle” is expected to be available in the first half of 2014.

“Steppe Eagle” APU SoC

“Steppe Eagle” will further extend the performance and low-power range of the current AMD Embedded G-Series APU SoC platform with an enhanced “Jaguar” CPU core architecture and AMD Graphics Core Next GPU architecture that include new features for increased CPU and GPU frequency. Designed for low-power embedded applications, “Steppe Eagle” is designed to offer increased performance-per-watt both at a lower TDP than the current AMD Embedded G-Series APU SoC, as well as extending the high-end performance above 2 GHz. “Steppe Eagle” also provides embedded design engineers the flexibility to leverage the current AMD Embedded G-Series APU SoC board design and software stack for a variety of applications with footprint compatibility. “Steppe Eagle” is expected to be available in the first half of 2014.

“Adelaar” discrete GPU

“Adelaar” is the next-generation discrete AMD Embedded Radeon GPU based on Graphics Core Next architecture specifically designed for embedded applications. Bringing industry-leading performance to embedded applications, “Adelaar” comes as a market-differentiating multi-chip module (MCM) with pre-qualified and integrated 2 GB of graphics memory. The “Adelaar” GPU family will deliver rich 3D graphics, multi-display support and support for DirectX® 11.1, OpenGL 4.2 and both Windows and Linux. “Adelaar” is expected to be available in the first half of 2014 with seven years of planned supply availability as an MCM, mobile PCI express module (MXM) and standard PC graphics card.

AMD hasn’t named any customers of this silicon yet, but usually things are hush-hush in this market. Don’t expect any grandiose announcements, but expect to see AMD’s chips in future set-top boxes and other devices.

Here’s the slide deck from AMD:

 

 

Sam Reynolds is a Canadian technology journalist based in Taipei. His interest is the intersection between politics, business and technology.