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AMD plans eight core 64bit ARM chip for embedded designs

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Its roadmap for embedded computing in 2014 offers both ARM and x86 processors for low-power and high-performance embedded compute designs. The lineup includes two x86 accelerated processing units (APUs) and central processing units (CPUs) alongside the ARM SoC, codenamed Hierofalcon, in Q2 and a new family of discrete graphics processing units (GPUs)
Hierofalcon is the first 64bit ARM-based platform from AMD targeting embedded data center applications, communications infrastructure and industrial solutions such as 10Gbit Ethernet switches. 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 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.
A recent VDC Research report indicates the market for CPUs in traditional and intelligent embedded systems will grow 36 percent from roughly 330 million units in 2013 to more than 450 million units by 2016 with x86 and ARM architectures accounting for 82 percent of the total addressable market (see figure above).
"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, 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."
"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.
Designed for low-power embedded applications, the "Steppe Eagle" APU is designed to offer increased performance-per-watt both at a lower TDP than the current G-Series APU, 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" 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.
With these devices, AMD is focusing on Industrial Control & Automation, Communication Infrastructure and ‘Visual Embedded’ applications such as digital signage, thin client, medical imaging and automotive infotainment. It is also looking at set-top-box and Internet-enabled smart TV, printing and imaging as well as digital surveillance, storage and even mil/aero.
"AMD has quickly embraced the need to deliver the right SoC for the right task in one of the industry’s most comprehensive product portfolios for the embedded community," said Tom Cronk, executive vice president and general manager, Processor Division, ARM. "The addition of devices based on the 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57 processor to their embedded roadmap gives designers of high-performance embedded systems a solution that delivers incredible savings in terms of both energy and system cost."
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