AMD embeds x86 ecosystem against ARM
AMD is positioning its x86 processors in the embedded board market, with an design ecosystem similar to that of ARM, writes Richard Wilson.
AMD’s main interest in the embedded processor market centres a round its Fusion devices and the low power Geode LX800 processor.
The LX800 is used in Kontron’s latest Pico-ITX single board computer, the KTLX800/pITX.
The Geode LX800 is a sub-1W 500MHz processor, so the board’s 5- 7W power consumption makes it suitable for a range of industrial applications.
The board firm sees the general availability of software for the x86 ecosystem as a big plus for many embedded applications.
The KTLX800/pITX comes with up to 1Gbyte of DDR RAM system memory. Its interfaces range from one 10/100 Mbit/s Ethernet and four USB 2.0 through two serial RS232 serial connectors (interfaces that continue to be key for industrial applications) to 16 configurable GPIOs for implementing application-specific I/Os.
As a x86 board there is obviously support for Windows XP, Windows XP Embedded, Windows Embedded Standard 7, but also Linux.
AMD’s other embedded processor is Fusion which has been designed into ETX and XTX COM systems.
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