AMD expands its low-power embedded chips portfolio

By on September 19, 2007, 10:35 AM
Today at the Embedded Systems Conference, AMD announced the addition of three new low power Athlon 64 processors to its embedded chip portfolio. The new processors are compatible with existing AM2 boards and feature thermal envelopes as low as 8 watts.

The AMD Athlon 64 processor Models 2000+, 2600+, and 3100+ feature power envelopes of 8, 15, and 25W maximum thermal design power, respectively. They support ECC memory for high reliability data applications and are especially applicable for systems such as Network Attached Storage (NAS), Advanced Mezzanine Cards (AMCs) for the telecommunications market, and various single board computing and industrial implementations.
The clock speeds on these embedded chips range from 1.0GHz to 2.0GHz with 512KB of L2 cache on board and are built on the company’s 65-nanometer manufacturing process. AMD did not release pricing information for these embedded chips, but said they will be generally available in Q4.

Since the beginning of the year, AMD has increased the number of its chips targeted at the high-end of the embedded market with single-core Athlon and dual-core Opteron models. The company said it plans to continue the push for choice and innovation in the embedded space with its newly announced Quad-core AMD Opteron processor and the upcoming “Bobcat” family of processors (due sometime in 2009), to be used in cell phones and other consumer devices where power and portability is important.

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