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The embedded market space is dominated by SoCs based on RISC processors such as ARM and MIPS. For most power sensitive embedded applications, PowerPC and x86 based solutions do not make the cut. x86, in particular, has been the dark horse due to the excessive power consumption for systems based on that architecture. Process shrinks have helped lower the power consumption numbers. However, we are still a few nodes away from when the x86 based solutions can really compete with RISC based solutions on the power front. In the meanwhile, solutions like what we are seeing from AMD today integrate premium graphics capabilities within power envelops similar to what x86 used to consume in the previous generation.

RISC based embedded solutions may still be winning on the power front. However, for applications where slightly higher power consumption is not a concern, the x86 threat from the AMD embedded G-Series platform can become a cause for concern. MIPS is usually popular in such applications (set top boxes, digital signage etc.) and they will be facing credible opposition with AMD's integrated graphics capabilities.
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The biggest impact these will have is in future devices like the Boxxy Box; and set top media players.
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The biggest impact these will have is in future devices like the Boxxy Box; and set top media players.
I think the bigger impact is that they will drive competitors to improve GPU performance... and help acclerate the CPU/GPU integration by all.
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I think the bigger impact is that they will drive competitors to improve GPU performance... and help acclerate the CPU/GPU integration by all.
Some day we will see an APU with the gpu performance of a 6970 and the cpu perf. of a 1100T
nah, probably wont happen, cause people like crossfire and sli.
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I think the bigger impact is that they will drive competitors to improve GPU performance... and help acclerate the CPU/GPU integration by all.
I was talking about just devices, not the market as a whole.

But yes, better GPU's and specifically media functions will be needed from the competition.
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I was talking about just devices, not the market as a whole.

But yes, better GPU's and specifically media functions will be needed from the competition.
I know.

I was busting on you with the bigger picture.... exciting times in technology!

These developments won't impact just enthusiasts but will directly impact the everyday user.
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Hopefully AMD can keep up with the times, right now this solution goes head to head with Intel's Atoms in terms of power draw, but boasts more features. So it gives people more options to work with.

Right now I think the most exciting fact is just that a big name made something so power efficient with so many features and a good speed to it.
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i wounder if the dual core, 6310 could do SC2 ( low-med ) on a netbook...
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Hopefully AMD can keep up with the times, right now this solution goes head to head with Intel's Atoms in terms of power draw, but boasts more features. So it gives people more options to work with.

Right now I think the most exciting fact is just that a big name made something so power efficient with so many features and a good speed to it.
How can you say that this goes head to head with Atom?

I would say that it has significantly more features and Atom is not competing in these areas. This has an integrated DX-11 GPU.

There are a lot of embedded applications where this type of rich visual experience is critical (medical imaging, set top box, digital signage, thin client, gaming devices, etc.) Those are places where atom can't even compete.

AMD is doing it in a single APU that can run in a fanless enclosure. But I am biased.
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How can you say that this goes head to head with Atom?

I would say that it has significantly more features and Atom is not competing in these areas. This has an integrated DX-11 GPU.

There are a lot of embedded applications where this type of rich visual experience is critical (medical imaging, set top box, digital signage, thin client, gaming devices, etc.) Those are places where atom can't even compete.

AMD is doing it in a single APU that can run in a fanless enclosure. But I am biased.
I believe he said it goes head to head with the Atom in power consumption? and that's about it.
    
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