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AMD unveils new Radeon E9170 embedded GPU series

New entry into low-power embedded applications market.

AMD’s newly announced Embedded Radeon E9170 GPU series has AMD penetrating new markets with energy saving performance for low-power embedded applications. AMD’s first product to utilize their new Polaris architecture, the E9170, will primarily serve in powering medical displays, digital casino games, signage, industrial systems, and thin clients.

(Source: AMD)

Following are the application benefits of the E9170 series as stated in AMD’s press release:

  • Digital casino games: helping reduce energy consumption and operating costs, the E9170 Series GPU lowers operating costs for entry level and midrange casino gaming systems, as well as lowers thermal dissipation that impacts facility air conditioning costs. Support for five independent and simultaneous displays allows companies to create an eye-catching experience with more pixels and more action. DirectX 12 support enables higher frames per second and reduced latency, and cross-platform Vulkan API support helps ensure better image quality while decreasing CPU processing bottlenecks.
  • Thin clients: thin clients powered by the E9170 Series GPU can have a smaller hardware footprint than traditional PC systems, and can have lower heat output and provide cooler workspaces in densely-staffed and space-constrained environments such as stock exchange trading floors. Additionally, 4K graphics resolution provides crisp visual clarity when thin clients are in split-screen display mode, improving the end-user experience.
  • Medical displays: the high-performance 4K graphics resolution in the E9170 Series GPU helps improve the accuracy of clinical diagnoses in X-Ray machines and ultrasounds as well as with bone tissue and analysis, helping medical professionals to enhance patient care.
  • Retail and digital signage: cost-conscious signage companies integrating the E9170 Series GPU can drive up to five simultaneous 4K displays for a stunning visual experience that holds viewer attention without incurring a premium processor price.
  • Industrial: the Radeon E9170 Series GPU in the reliable MCM format enables the stability required for the most stringent shock and vibration tests in environments such as airplane cockpits, in addition to driving multiple displays.

Polaris architecture offers high dynamic range (HDR), improving video quality with more vivid colors and higher contrast ratios. An optimized 14-nm FinFET manufacturing process allows for the GPU to produce three times the performance per-watt over older generations of embedded GPUs. The E9173 is capable of producing 1.25 TFLOPS at sub-40W TDP board power, has 4K HEVC/H.265 decode and encode support, can display five 4K displays with HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort 1.4, and has 3D support.

(Source: AMD)

The PCI Express configuration for the E9170 series is expected to be released this month, October 2017, whereas the MCM module will be available in November 2017.


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Harrison Garovi is a recent graduate from the University of San Francisco who received a bachelor’s degree in advertising. Prior to attending college, Harrison was an intern for Jon Peddie Research and was responsible for testing graphics cards as well as other pieces of hardware. His interests are music production, traveling, playing video games, video editing, and taking photos of his Ford Mustang.

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