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Advanced Micro Devices launched its code-named Bald Eagle chips that will make embedded applications such as slot machines smarter.

The AMD Embedded R-series accelerated processing unit (APU) and central processing unit (CPU) family is a series of chips that go into devices that were previously dumb industrial gadgets. But as those devices become connected and are outfitted with sensors, they need better on-board processing.

Sunnyvale, Calif.-based AMD, which is the No. 2 maker of PC microprocessors, is targeting the new chips at slot machines, medical imaging, digital signs, industrial control and automation, communications, and networking infrastructure applications.

The chips come with mid-range to high-end graphics processing to support 4K video applications, or those with four times the number of pixels in a high-definition television.

The devices support parallel processing and software including Linux, real-time operating systems, and Windows operating systems.

“When it comes to compute performance, graphics performance and performance-per-watt, the second-generation AMD Embedded R-series family is unique in the embedded market,” said Scott Aylor, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD Embedded Solutions. “The addition of HSA, GCN, and power management features enables our customers to create a new world of intelligent, interactive, and immersive embedded devices.”

The chips range from 2.2 gigahertz to 3.6 gigahertz in CPU frequency, and 533 megahertz to 686 megahertz in GPU frequency.

AMD says the chips are aimed at devices that will have a 10-year lifespan.


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