AMD Announces Second Generation R-Series Embedded Chips – To Feature Steamroller and HSA

AMD Announces Second Generation R-Series Embedded Chips – To Feature Steamroller and HSA

AMD has today announced the second generation of its embedded R-Series.
The chipsets are designed to support high parallel computing and visual
loads. The R-Series embedded processors are codenamed ‘Bald Eagle’ and
include high end APUs which combine central and graphic processing. Bald
Eagle also uses the company’s latest Steamroller CPU cores and is
capable of supporting high-end embedded solutions in Windows, Linux and
Real-Time operating systems. They are targeted at a variety of devices
and applications across the industry. These include gaming machines,
ultra sound and low dose X-Ray machines, communications and networking
infrastructures requiring high performing graphics processing
technology.

Steamroller Allows Embedded R-Series to Achieve Frequencies between
2.2-3.6 GHz. Bald Eagle to Be AMD’s Highest Performing Embedded Device
This Year

The latest R-Series embedded chipset will be based on AMD’s latest
Steamroller microarchitecture. Steamroller features two core modules
with independent instruction decoders for each core, better instruction
schedulers, larger and smarter caches with up to 30% decreased cache
instruction misses, a dynamically resizable L2 and more internal
register resources plus improved memory controllers. Steamroller also
features CMT (Clustered Multi-Thread) which makes one module equal to a
dual core processor. Steamrollers present in Bald Eagle allow it to
achieve boost clock speeds from 2.2 – 3.2 Ghz. The presence of GCN GPUs
in the chipset enables frequencies ranging from 533 MHz to 686 MHz to be
achieved.

“Bald Eagle is highest performance embedded device we’ll have in
2014. These are the first embedded devices that natively support Ultra
HD 4K displays, so we see this as a good play for digital signage, while
in medical imaging, pixel density and resolution are also very
important,” said Scott Aylor, corporate vice president and general
manager of AMD’s Embedded Solutions group. Combined with AMD’s embedded
Radeon E8860 discrete GPU, the R-Series can support up to nine 4K
displays. The new R-Series embedded chipsets will also be the first to
feature AMDs Heterogeneous System Architecture or the HSA. HSA allows
the CPU and GPU on a traditional computer to work seamlessly together,
therefore reducing overall dispatch latency created by a separate
scheduler on the device driver stack manager. In other words, it gives
the CPU and the GPU equal portions of the system memory. Bald Eagle
products “incorporate HSA features, enabling applications to distribute
workloads to run on the best compute element—e.g., CPU, GPU, or a
specialized accelerator such as video decode—for up to 44 percent more
3D graphics performance and up to 46 percent more compute performance
than comparable Intel Haswell Core-i CPUs,” said the company.

The introduction of the embedded R-Series architecture also allows
AMD to now participate in open-source Linux development as a gold member
of the Yocto Project. This is backed by the Linux Foundation.
Developers now also have access to customized Linux support for the
second generation embedded R-Series. This is via Mentor Embedded Linux,
Sourcery CodeBench and Mentor Embedded Linux Life. Second generation
R-Series are expected to be available in products later this year.

AMD R-Series Bald Eagle Embbeded APUs



Industry-First Features, Benefits and Support

  • Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA): The 2nd generation AMD
    Embedded R-series APU is the first embedded processor to incorporate HSA
    features, enabling applications to distribute workloads to run on the
    best compute element — e.g., CPU, GPU or a specialized accelerator such
    as video decode — for up to 44 percent more 3-D graphics performance and
    up to 46 percent more compute performance than comparable Intel Haswell
    Core-i CPUs.
  • Open-source Linux development: As a gold-level member of the Yocto
    Project, a Linux Foundation Collaboration Project, and as part of a
    recent multiyear agreement with Mentor Graphics, embedded systems
    developers now have access to customized embedded Linux development and
    commercial support on the 2nd generation AMD Embedded R-series family
    through Mentor Embedded Linux and Sourcery CodeBench, as well as Mentor
    Embedded Linux Lite available at no cost.
  • Embedded-specific features: The 2nd generation AMD Embedded R-series
    family is specifically designed for embedded applications with
    industry-leading, 10-year longevity, dual-channel memory with
    error-correcting code (ECC), DDR3-2133 support and configurable TDP for
    system design flexibility to optimize the processor at a lower TDP.

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