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AMD Launches Graphics Chipset For Embedded Designs

The embedded chipset works with the AMD Turion 64, the Turion 64 X2 Dual Core, and the mobile Sempron processors.

Advanced Micro Devices on Monday plans to introduce a graphics chipset for use in specialized equipment found in medicine, retail, and other industries.

The M690 is the latest addition to the 690 series launched last month with chipsets for desktops and notebooks. The product line is built on technology from the ATI Radeon X1250 GPU, which AMD acquired when it bought ATI Technologies more than a year ago for $5.4 billion.

The embedded chipset, scheduled to be launched at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, Calif., works with the AMD Turion 64, the Turion 64 X2 Dual Core, and the mobile Sempron processors. Together the technology could be used in single-board computing systems, as well as equipment found on retail checkout stands and medical imaging. AMD also introduced on Monday the Socket S1 and M690 chipset development board that serves as an evaluation and development platform for designers.

The 690 series is a step in AMD's migration to its next-generation Fusion processors, which are expected to merge x86 and ATI graphics cores onto one chip. The processors are scheduled to ship in 2009, and will initially be available for notebooks. AMD plans to offer them for desktops later.

The 690 series moves closer to Fusion by embedding the graphics processor in the motherboard, and closer to the CPU. The product line includes the Radeon X1250 graphics engine, which is Vista compatible; and a video acceleration engine that decodes MPEG, Windows Media and other basic video formats, which is faster than software alternatives.

The embedded chipset supports cathode-ray tube displays, as well as LVDS and DVI options. DVI, or digital visual interface, is a standard for delivering video in digital format directly to devices, such as a flat-panel LCD computer display, or a digital projector. Without DVI support, a computer would plug in to an analog connection, which means lower video quality. LVDS, or low-voltage differential signaling, is a high-speed, low-power, general-purpose interface standard for devices.

AMD plans to make the M690 for five years without any changes, a requirement by customers in some industries, such as telecommunications, said Jeff Chu, division director for AMD embedded products. Pricing was not disclosed.

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