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AMD Embedded G-Series SOC powers tiny SBC

May 7, 2013  |  Rick Lehrbaum
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Hot on heels of the debut of AMD’s Embedded G-Series SOCs (system-on-chips), Win Enterprises announced a 3.5-inch form-factor SBC (single-board computer) based on the new parts. The MB-60830 SBC is available in dual- and quad-core models clocked up to 2GHz, provides multiple display outputs, dual Mini-PCIe expansion, and typical SBC I/O interfaces, and can support 0 to 60° C operation.

AMD announced its new Embedded G-Series SOC line last month, which adds a Fusion I/O controller hub to the CPU and GPU functions integrated within the company’s APU (accelerated processing unit) chips. The G-Series SOCs also feature a faster new “Jaguar” CPU core (fabbed in 28nm dimensions), double the APUs’ shared L2 cache, at 2MB, and a faster new Radeon 8400-series GPU. All this is said to enable faster performance and smaller footprints while adding only slightly to power consumption (9-25W TDPs).



MB-60830 top and bottom
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Thanks to the high integration of AMD’s Embedded G-Series SOC, the MB-60830 packs a lot of functionality within its 5.75 x 4.0 inch (146 x 101 mm) footprint. The board’s applications are expected to include digital signage, gaming, medical imaging, kiosks/POS, thin clients, and factory automation, says the company. Its 8-32VDC power input and 0 to 60° C operating temperature capabilities should make it a good candidate for portable, mobile, and industrial applications.



MB-60830 edge, showing “rear panel” I/O connectors
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Functions available on the board’s edge appear to include analog audio, Ethernet, dual-USB, VGA, HDMI and power.

Key specifications of the MB-60830, as listed by Win Enterprises, include:

  • Processor — AMD Embedded G-Series SOC:
    • Jaguar CPU core — dual- and quad-core options, clocked to 2GHz
    • Integrated AMD Radeon 8400 series GPU
  • Memory — 1x DDR3 SIMM for up to 4GB, with ECC support
  • Storage — 1x 6.0 Gb/s SATA port
  • Display outputs:
    • HDMI with optional Chrontel CEC support
    • VGA
    • Dual-channel 24-bit LVDS
  • HD Audio
  • LAN — 1x GbE (Intel i211 AT)
  • 6x USB ports
  • Serial ports– 3x RS232; 1x RS232/422/485
  • Digital I/O — 8x programmable GPIOs
  • Mini-PCIe expansion:
    • 1x full-size socket
    • 1x half-size socket with mSATA support
  • Other features:
    • AMI BIOS in SPI flash
    • Watchdog timer
    • LPC header for optional TPM module
  • Dimensions — 5.75 x 4.0 inch (146 x 101 mm); “3.5-inch SBC form-factor”
  • Operating temperature — 0-60° C
  • Power — 8V to 32V DC

The MB-60830 is designed to work with Linux and Windows, according to the company. In particular, the SBC supports AMD’s Linux Catalyst video drivers.

The MB-60830 appears to be shipping immediately, although pricing was not provided. For further details, visit the MB-60830 SBC’s product page on the company’s website.
 

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