AMD introduces G-Series APU for specialty tablets
Chipmaker AMD has introduced a new embedded accelerated processing unit (APU) aimed not at consumer-focused tablet computers, but those used for specialty purposes, such as medical applications, point of sale and industrial control.
The new processor, the AMD Embedded G-T16R APU, is part of the chipmaker's Embedded G-Series and is one of the most power-efficient embedded APUs yet, with an average power consumption of just 2.3 watts.
AMD notes that the G-T16R is ideal for industry users who require not only power efficiency but also robust graphics. More hospitals, for example, are relying on tablet applications to view medical scans and convey certain procedural information to patients. Having a tablet capable of handling this in vivid graphic display could play a crucial role in patient care.
AMD states that the processor is built on a two-chip platform, enabling it to fit into smaller devices. The chip is also compatible with existing x86 processors.
After some slowdown during the economic recession, the embedded processor market has rebounded in recent years. This is expected to continue for the foreseeable future, as the Linley Group predicts the market will generate $5.1 billion in revenue by 2015.