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AMD launches embedded Trinity APUs

Touts multicore x86 processing and advanced video and graphics capabilities

AMD had launched its R-Series of embedded ‘Trinity’ Accelerated Processing Units (APUs).

The R-Series APUs are targeted at graphics-intensive applications such as digital signage and casino gaming. The range comes a week after AMD announced its second generation A-Series Trinity APUs for laptops and PCs.

Buddy Broeker, director of embedded solutions at AMD said: "With the AMD Embedded R-Series, we are taking our APU technology to the next level."

"By leveraging its seamlessly integrated heterogeneous system architecture, developers can tap into a high-performance and efficient parallel processing engine to accelerate their graphics- and compute-intensive applications, all while using industry-standard libraries such as OpenCL and DirectCompute."

The R-Series features the power-optimised 'Piledriver' multicore CPU, an evolution of AMD's Bulldozer architecture. It also has discrete DirectX 11-capable AMD Radeon 7000-Series GPU. This can support four independent displays, but by adding a discrete graphics card to the system, this rises to 10.

AMD said: "The R-Series APU can implement remote management, client virtualisation and security capabilities to help reduce deployment costs and increase security and reliability"

Multimedia enhancements include a dedicated hardware encoder for video and the Unified Video Decoder can handle high-definition and stereoscopic 3D content.

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