AMD has just launched a new line of G-Series processors for embedded applications such as smart TVs and set-top-boxes or digital signage. The company’s G-Series processors tend to be low-power x86 chips with an emphasis on graphics capabilities.
The new G-Series chips are based on AMD’s new “Jaguar” architecture and feature AMD Radeon 8000 graphics, offering a bit more than twice the CPU performance of previous G-Series chips while consuming from 9W to 25W of power.
But as Engadget noticed, hidden away in today’s news is a sign of things to come.
The new G-Series chips have a little X on the label, indicating that they’re x86 chips.
They need that signifier, because AMD is planning to start making chips using ARM-based designs in the future.
Those next-gen chips will likely combine a low-power ARM core with AMD Radeon graphics to offer support for HD video, 3D gaming, and more. We could eventually see embedded chips from ARM that use 3W of power or less.
AMD wouldn’t be the first chip maker known for graphics to get into the ARM space. NVIDA is now a major player in the smartphone and tablet chip market thanks to its line of Tegra processors, which combine low-power ARM cores with NVIDIA’s graphics technology.
While today’s news is about AMD bringing ARM technology to its embedded chips for TVs and informational kiosks, we might one day see AMD and NVIDIA going head-to-head in the mobile device space as well.