AMD has launched their AMD Embedded R-Series accelerated processing unit
(APU) platform designed for mid- to high-end graphics-intensive applications
such as digital signage, casino gaming, point-of-sale systems and kiosks, as
well as parallel processing applications such as medical imaging and
security/surveillance thanks to OpenCL and DirectCompute support. The AMD
Embedded R-Series APU combines the 'Piledriver' CPU architecture with an AMD
Radeon 7000 Series GPU.
There are 8 AMD R-Series APUs, 4 in PGA package and 4 in BGA package:
R-464L - Quad Core APU @ 2.3/3.2 GHz with Radeon HD 7660G. TDP: 35W (PGA)
R-460H - Quad Core APU @ 1.9/2.8 GHz with Radeon HD 7640G. TDP: 35W (PGA)
R-272F - Dual Core APU @ 2.7/3.2 GHz with Radeon HD 7520G. TDP: 35W (PGA)
R-268D - Dual Core APU @ 3.0/2.5 GHz with Radeon HD 7420G. TDP: 35W (PGA)
R-460L - Quad Core APU @ 2.0/2.8 GHz with Radeon HD 7620G. TDP: 25W (BGA)
R-452-L - Quad Core APU @ 1.6/2.4 GHz with Radeon HD 7600G. TDP: 19W (BGA)
R-260H - Dual Core APU @ 2.1/2.6 GHz with Radeon HD 7500G. TDP: 17W (BGA)
R-252F - Dual Core APU @ 1.9/2.4 GHz with Radeon HD 7400G. TDP: 17W (BGA)
AMD R-Series APUs work with R-Series A70M and A75 controller hubs. The
former lacks PCI and FIS-Based Switching.
The new processors support up to four independent displays, which can be
used to display four independent video feeds or a single video feed
distributed across a four-panel display as could be the case for a video
wall digital signage. It's also possible to extend this capability to 10
displays by adding an AMD Radeon Embedded graphics card to the system.
Other Key Features & Benefits:
AMD Turbo CORE 3 Technology automatically delivers an optimized balance
between performance and power consumption.
APU Thermal Design Power (TDP) ranging from 17 to 35 Watts and average power
below 13 Watts.
AMD Radeon HD 7000G Series graphics.
AMD Radeon Dual Graphics technologycan more than double graphics performance
compared to using discrete graphics alone.
Secure Asset Management Unit lowers power/CPU overhead when dealing with
Display resolutions of up to 4k x 2k @ 30 Hz utilizing a single display
Contrary to what AMD had done with the G-Series APU, they have made the
reference designs documents available to all. The miniITX, microATX and COM
reference designs can be accessed freely (after registration) and includes
schematics, BOM and layout and gerber files examples as well as other
Several companies, including Axiomtek, Congatec and iBase, have already
announced products based on the new R-Series APU processors.