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Thursday, 16 December 2010 11:38

AMD to launch eBrazos

Written by Fuad Abazovic
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Embedded for January 19th  
AMD plans to unveil one more iteration of its Fusion Brazos platform. We were telling you about it a few months ago, Fusion also has quite a bright future in the embedded market.

According to our sources AMD plans a new G-Series Brazos product codenamed eBrazos. We wrote about it earlier, it is a dual-core with on-die graphics and a 9W TDP, here.

If you cut out graphics you can get a single-core with 5W TDP which is a great achievement. AMD plans to launch eBrazos or AMD G-Series on January 19th, this will be the first APU for embedded market.

The eBrazos can find its way to thin clients, digital signature market, set-top boxes and much more.


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+28 #1 fuadzilla 2010-12-16 13:13
good job amd! :-)
 
 
-1 #2 smartidiot89 2010-12-16 15:19
Considering how large the GPU part is compared to the CPU, why didn't AMD simply make a Single-Core and a Dual-Core Bobcat dedicated for the embedded market? Sounds very odd that they will cut of ~65-70% of the die.
 
 
+11 #3 hellfire 2010-12-16 15:34
Quoting smartidiot89:
(..)why didn't AMD simply make a Single-Core and a Dual-Core Bobcat dedicated for the embedded market?(..)


they make one chip now, and cut it for different market, so they can change volumes very quickly and meet the demands in each segment. Creating multiple chips can pump up revenue ONLY if you know exactly what the demands are, as you cant get a dulacore from a singlecore and with-gpu from no-gpu chip. And the actually dont know the damands as this is a completely new kind of chip
 
 
0 #4 Bl0bb3r 2010-12-16 20:59
"The eBrazos can find its way to thin clients, digital signature market, set-top boxes and much more." ... and medical imaging, and casino gaming machines, and point-of-sale kiosks, i.e. non-consumer-orientated products.

Anyway Fudo, the "first APU for embedded market" won't be an APU if you cut out the graphics part... and it will be cut out. It will be a plain CPU, low-power and low-thermal one.
 
 
-4 #5 ONH 2010-12-16 22:30
Quoting Bl0bb3r:
"The eBrazos can find its way to thin clients, digital signature market, set-top boxes and much more." ... and medical imaging, and casino gaming machines, and point-of-sale kiosks, i.e. non-consumer-orientated products.

Anyway Fudo, the "first APU for embedded market" won't be an APU if you cut out the graphics part... and it will be cut out. It will be a plain CPU, low-power and low-thermal one.


for all Embed uses you listed a graphic chip is needed, so with the eBrazos you don't need an embed graphic chip.
 
 
+3 #6 yourma2000 2010-12-16 23:45
Quoting smartidiot89:
Considering how large the GPU part is compared to the CPU, why didn't AMD simply make a Single-Core and a Dual-Core Bobcat dedicated for the embedded market? Sounds very odd that they will cut of ~65-70% of the die.


Because the whole point of Fusion is to include graphics along with a CPU, miniature CPUs are piss easy and there are plenty of them, Fusion is the next step by including much needed graphics sections to areas such as netbooks, so rather than having two separate chips on a motherboard, it's all on one chip, much better setup than an intel atom with Nvidia ion because of the smaller nodes, power, material and space saving, reduced latencies between the CPU & GPU etc etc etc
 
 
+1 #7 JAB Creations 2010-12-17 01:02
There is an E and a C series, the E series is a max 18 watts TDP and the C series if a max 9 watts TDP. The E is intended for $450-$500 notebook range and the C series is intended for the $300-$350 netbook range.

Coupled with a decent screen resolution you could do a LOT more with these cheaper systems including playing most games at low to medium settings. In contrast Morrowind is barely playable on my Netbook at 640x480 with ALL the options disabled.
 
 
0 #8 Bl0bb3r 2010-12-17 07:00
Quoting ONH:
for all Embed uses you listed a graphic chip is needed, so with the eBrazos you don't need an embed graphic chip.



Those are the official words by AMD's PR: http://blogs.amd.com/press/2010/12/15/channel-support-geared-up-for-first-amd-fusion-family-of-apus/

While it is true that such systems can be made to require GPU's if they are for general purpose, it's not set in stone. In MI the chip only needs to perform data processing in an MRI and send it to a desktop computer that will display the information, in case of gambling devices most of them have a preconfigured display system and only requires input data like which symbol of which reel to show, most of the software being a basic firmware that knows where and what to color.
 

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