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Compact SBC features 2GHz quad-core AMD SoC

Aug 23, 2013  |  Rick Lehrbaum
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Habey announced a 3.5-inch form-factor single board computer based on AMD’s quad- and dual-core G-Series SoCs, clocked as high as 2.0GHz. The Linux-friendly SBC provides HDMI, VGA, and LVDS display outputs, offers dual gigabit Ethernet interfaces, four USB ports, and six serial ports, expands via mini-PCIe, and optionally supports -40 to +85°C operation.

Habey says its EMB-3700 is the first 3.5-inch style SBC to incorporate AMD’s recently introduced Embedded G-Series system-on-chip processors. The board is aimed at a wide range of applications and environments, including digital signage and kiosks, automotive and commercial transportation, embedded control, medical devices, and ATMs.



AMD G-Series SoC block diagram
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AMD initially announced its Embedded G-Series system-on-chips in April. Unlike its earlier G-Series APUs (application processor units), they added an integrated I/O controller hub in addition to the previously included Radeon graphics. The first G-Series SoC models incorporated up to four “Jaguar” CPU cores clocked as high as 2GHz, as well as Radeon 8000 graphics, in five versions ranging from 9 to 25W TDPs (thermal design power), and a sixth version, introduced in July added an ultra-low-power part clocked at 1GHz and said to top-out at 6W TDP and run at 3W “expected average power” (AMD’s new term aimed at countering Intel’s “scenario design power“). Habey’s EMB-3700 3.,5-inch SBC appears to be designed to support all six AMD SoC models.



AMD G-Series SoC block diagram
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Habey says the AMD G-Series SoCs deliver 113 percent higher CPU performance than AMD’s earlier Embedded G-Series APUs, and can outperform Intel Atom processors by as much as 125 percent, as measured by “multiple industry standard compute-intensive benchmarks” (obviously that would depend on processor clock rate and the quantity of cores). Additionally, the AMD SoCs’ integrated GPUs implement hardware decoding for DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 4.2x, and OpenCL 1.2, which can be expected to result in snappy graphics rendering.

The EMB-3700 makes good use of the AMD SoC’s Radion GPU by offering three distinct video output ports — HDMI, VGA, and LVDS (for LCDs) — complete with dual-independent display support. Maximum resolutions for each type of display vary, as indicated in the specs table farther below.

To support the use of the EMB-3700 in a wide range of markets and applications, Habey offers the product with at least three different AMD G-Series SoCs, with clock rates ranging from 1.0GHz to 2.0 GHz and TDPs between 9W and 25W. Actually, the company’s press announcement indicated TDPs as low as 6W, implying that a fourth version, based on the dual-core, 1GHz GX-210JA will also be offered, but we have omitted that one in the specs table below, pending confirmation. Additionally, the product is available in two operating temperature ranges — a “standard” version for 0 to 60°C use, and an “industrial” version rated for punishing -40 to 85°C environments.

Specifications listed by Habey for the EMB-3700 appear below.

  • Processor — choice of several AMD G-Series SoCs:
    • quad-core GX-420CA — 2.0GHz; 25W TDP
    • quad-core GX-415GA — 1.5GHz; 15W TDP
    • dual-core GX-210HA — 1.0GHz; 9W TDP
  • RAM — 1x 204-Pin DDR3 SODIMM, up to 4GB (ECC) RAM
  • Graphics:
    • GPU — AMD Radeon HD8330E or HD8210E/HD8400E (embedded within SoC), with hardware decode for DirectX 11.1, Open GL 4.2x, Open CL 1.2
    • HDMI — up to 1920 x 1200
    • VGA — up to 2048 x 1536
    • LVDS — 1x 18/24bit port for up to 1600 x 1900
    • Dual independent display support — VGA+HDMI or HDMI+LVDS
  • Audio — HD audio (Realtek ALC892) with line-in/out, mic-in
  • Storage — 2x 6Gb/s SATA
  • Networking — 2x gigabit Ethernet (Realtek RTL8111E); onboard RJ-45s
  • Other I/O:
    • 4x USB 2.0 ports
    • 6x serial ports — 4x RS-232; 1x RS-232/422/485; 1x RS-232 DB9 (option)
    • 8-Bit GPIO
    • PS/2 keyboard/mouse
  • Expansion — Mini-PCIe socket with SIM socket and mSATA support
  • Other features — wake on LAN; watchdog timer; TPM encryption/security support
  • Dimensions — 146 x 102mm (5.75 x 4 inches); “3.5-inch embedded form-factor”
  • Power input — 12V DC
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 60°C (standard); -40 to 85°C (industrial option)

The EMB-3700 appears to be available now at unstated prices. For further information, visit the EMB-3700 product page on Habey’s website. Note: Although Habey’s web page indicates AMD SoC options ranging down to 6W, which implies that the AMD GX-210JA SoC will also be supported, the company’s specs do not currently list that part.
 

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