AMD Embedded G-Series APU targets low-power x86 markets

AMD may be struggling to keep up with Intel in terms of raw performance, but the company continues to push ahead with its APU solutions. The latest come in the form of the Embedded G-Series, designed for low-power and small form factors. AMD say that the TDP of the new chips is 4.5W, but average draw is just 2.3W. That makes it ideal for use in embedded point-of-sale, transportation, and medical markets.

The company hopes that the x86 compatibility paired with support for various display technologies will make the APU an ideal choice for businesses and industries. The G-Series has support for VGA, DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort, so there's an easy migration path for engineers. On top of that, there are numerous motherboard designs already available for the platform, ranging in size all the way up to MiniITX.

Crucially, AMD is hoping that price will be the real deciding factor: "With the AMD G-T16R APU, we were striving for that critical balance of performance, power efficiency and cost for power, and cost-sensitive embedded applications, and we've achieved it." Anyone currently using the Geode platform should see a nice bump in power management and performance, with the G-Series consuming 7% less power while featuring three times the performance.

AMD say that the G-Series will support the Windows Embedded Compact 7, Green Hills INTEGRITY and Express Logic ThreadX operating systems. The platform will also be available through to 2017, giving customers some peace of mind.