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March 10, 2014

AMD Debuts AMD Embedded Radeon E8860 GPU

The newly launched AMD (News - Alert) Embedded Radeon E8860 GPU is the first discrete graphics card that is built on the Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, capable of equipping embedded applications with visual growth and parallel processing capabilities.

“The demand for rich, vibrant graphics and enhanced parallel compute capabilities in embedded systems is greater than ever before, and is expected to continue to grow as we enter the Surround Computing era,” said Scott Aylor, corporate vice president and general manager at AMD Embedded Solutions. “Legacy graphics no longer meet the needs of embedded solutions for today and tomorrow. With unprecedented performance-per-watt, the AMD E8860 GPU addresses the need to drive multi-displays, 3D and 4K content and GPGPU compute across small form factors, harsh environments and mission critical applications.”

The AMD Embedded Radeon E8860 GPU, codenamed Adelaar, is capable of delivering high-quality 3D video graphics performance and can put enhanced multi-display visual experiences over a variety of embedded applications including digital gaming, digital signage, medical imaging, and avionics.

Designed to support DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 4.2, and OpenCL 1.2 and also a thermal design power of 37 watts, the Adelaar GPU pushes AMD Radeon graphics and parallel processing performance to newer heights while increasing power efficiency. The GPU also works on Microsoft (News - Alert) Windows 7, Windows Embedded 7 Standard, Windows 8/8.1, Windows Embedded 8 Standard, Linux and real-time and safety-critical operating systems supported by CoreAVI’s suite of embedded software drivers.

AMD said that the Radeon E8860 GPU is available in multiple form factors to support a wide range of embedded applications including chip-down for custom platform designs and industry-standard MXM, PCIe, and CompactPCIe.

“Embedded GPUs like the AMD E8860 will persevere to accommodate increasingly stringent OEM preferences as demands for HD, 3D and even 4K display capability continue to grow across a seemingly endless array of screen types and sizes,” said Chris Rommel, executive vice president of M2M embedded technology at VDC Research. “The proliferation of GPGPU computing will expand the applicability of GPUs beyond visual applications into medical, conventional military and commercial aerospace applications where massive parallel compute is a necessity.”

Edited by Rory J. Thompson

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