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Kontron Announces Support for AMD Embedded G-Series APUs on Three Embedded Platforms

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 5:54am
Parallel to AMD’s launch of the AMD Embedded G-Series platform, Kontron announces that it will support the world’s first Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) on three of the company’s small form factor (SFF) embedded platforms. With the new AMD Embedded G-Series platform that integrates energy efficient processor cores and an advanced GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) with support for DirectX® 11 into a single Advanced Processing Unit (APU), Kontron extends its small form factor portfolio of Computer-on-Modules, Embedded Motherboards and Single Board Computers (SBC) for high-performance multi-media content delivery applications. OEMs and system integrators are able to take full advantage of Kontron’s extremely scalable and validated platforms that deliver advanced multimedia capabilities while reducing development efforts and optimizing time-to-market for graphics-intensive applications.

The first available embedded Kontron product that will feature the long-term available and highly scalable AMD Embedded G-Series platform is a COM Express™ Computer-on-Module. It will make its debut at the Embedded World trade show in Nuremberg. This launch will be followed by a compact embedded motherboard and an ultra-small SBC in the second quarter of 2011. The Kontron platforms based on the new AMD Embedded G-Series platform will enable OEMs to provide an outstanding visual experience while maintaining very low power consumption. By making these capabilities available in the form factors for that are aligned with the needs of gaming, infotainment and kiosk applications also helps OEMs develop unique and innovative SFF designs in a shorter time frame.

Additionally, with the support for OpenCL™ and Microsoft DirectCompute, parallel processing executed by the graphics core will speed up vector processing applications such as situational awareness and video surveillance required by the industrial automation, military and medical markets.

"The new AMD Embedded G-Series platform extends our portfolio of small form factor embedded platforms for applications that require high graphics capabilities and low power consumption," said Dirk Finstel, CTO at Kontron. "In addition to the kiosk market and professional gaming arena, the new capabilities of the AMD Embedded G-Series platform will enable even more applications in fields such as radar, sonar and image recognition. This is an area where the advantages of the built-in GPU will result in considerable cost savings as opposed to comparable performance using a number of multicore processors.”

“On top of this, we support OEMs with our cross platform middleware, Kontron Embedded Application Programming Interface (Kontron EAPI), that offers highly efficient hardware access and application migration to simplify the application development. This helps reduce OEMs R&D costs and time-to-market."

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