- indicates growth acceleration in low power, emerging markets & Cloud computing. First AMD SoC solutions expected 2013
Building on its long history of x86 and graphics innovation while embracing other technologies and intellectual property AMD has indicated that it is adopting a System-on-a-Chip (SoC) centric roadmap designed to speed time-to-market, drive sustained execution, and enable the development of more tailored customer solutions. According to Nigel Watts, MD of Ismosys, AMD’s sales and marketing representative in most of Europe, SoCs facilitate a highly advantageous modular approach to processor design: “SoC design methodology enables best practice tools and microprocessor design flows to be used across a range of products, complemented by the ability to easily re-use IP and design blocks”, Watts said.
The company has also announced updates to its product roadmaps for the Central Processing Unit (CPU) and Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) products it plans to introduce this year (2012) and the next. The roadmap modifications address key requirements of customer in the ultra-thin notebook, tablet, all-in-one, desktop & server arenas, with a focus on low power, emerging markets and the Cloud.
AMD’s updated product roadmap features second generation mainstream (“Trinity”) and low-power (“Brazos 2.0”) APUs for notebooks and desktops; “Hondo,” an APU specifically designed for tablets; new CPU cores in 2012 and 2013 with “Piledriver” and its successor “Steamroller,” as well as “Jaguar,” which is the successor to AMD’s popular “Bobcat” core. In 2012, AMD plans to introduce four new AMD Opteron™ processors. For a more in-depth look at AMD’s updated product roadmap, please visit http://blogs.amd.com.
Next-generation Architecture Standardizes and Facilitates Software Development
AMD has also provided further details of its Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA), which enables software developers to easily program APUs by combining scalar processing on the CPU with parallel processing on the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), all while providing high bandwidth access to memory at low power. “AMD is proactively working to make HSA an open industry standard for the developer community”, said Watts. “HSA will be extensively discussed at the forthcoming AMD Fusion Developer Summit (AFDS), an intensive three-day event that puts the developer at the epicenter of the latest innovations in heterogeneous computing, OpenCL™, C++ AMP and related technologies”, Watts concluded.