Early this morning, AMD introduced its G-series embedded APUs. The chips, which I suspect are based on Kabini silicon, have four Jaguar cores, Radeon HD 8000-series integrated graphics, and power envelopes in the 9-25W range. Here's a quick look at their specs:
|Product||Cores||CPU speed||IGP speed||TDP|
|GX-420CA SOC with AMD Radeon HD 8400E Graphics||4||2.00 GHz||600 MHz||25W|
|GX-415GA SOC with AMD Radeon HD 8330E Graphics||4||1.50 GHz||500 MHz||15W|
|GX-217GA SOC with AMD Radeon HD 8280E Graphics||2||1.65 GHz||450 MHz||15W|
|GX-210HA SOC with AMD Radeon HD 8210E Graphics||2||1.00 GHz||300 MHz||9W|
|GX-416RA SOC||4||1.60 GHz||N/A||15W|
AMD says these offerings are targeted at "industrial control and automation, digital signage, electronic gaming systems, SMB storage, IP-TV, medical and network appliances, set-top boxes and more." Prices will be $49 to $72, depending on the product.
That all sounds innocuous enough, doesn't it?
Except that, as Engadget points out, there's something interesting going on with the logo for these chips. The little "X" in the lower right corner seems out of place... unless you account for the possibility that AMD will also release ARM-based embedded SoCs in the future. In that case, the "X" could signify x86 offerings, while potential future ARM-based chips could have a little "A" in the bottom right.
This may sound like idle speculation, but Engadget actually managed to confirm their hypothesis. Arun Iyengar, General Manager of AMD's Embedded Solutions Group, told the site, "Ultimately, we're going to have x86 and ARM in our product portfolio."
Well, I guess that settles it. In other news, I believe AMD is still kicking itself for the sale of its handheld and digital TV businesses, which included ARM-powered offerings and dedicated video processors inherited from ATI.