AMD Announces Embedded Radeon E8860 GPUby Ian Cutress on February 25, 2014 1:44 AM EST
For the integrated market, there are several levels of capability that manufacturers need to consider. This is a market driven by sales, thus OEMs that require specific resources are usually catered for. Thus despite the fact that AMD have an aggressive APU line up on the embedded side (and have the embedded related warranties and support), there is scope for something more powerful. This is the purpose of the E8860.
The E8860 is a 37W multi-chip-module FCBGA part, with the package measuring 37.5mm x 37.5mm. The GPU has a PCIe 3.0 interface and implements 640 SPs at 625 MHz. The GPU uses GCN similar to the HD7000 series, and is paired with 2GB of GDDR5 at 1125 MHz (4.5 GHz effective). Aside from the usual DX11.1, OpenCL 1.2 and OpenGL 4.2 compatibility we normally see with this GCN, AMD offer a variety of SKUs to cater for the following display output requirements:
AMD E8860 MXM 3.0 (A) + 5 DisplayPort
AMD E8860 PCIe + 2x DVI + mDP
AMD E8860 PCIe + 5x mDP
AMD E8860 PCIe + 4x mDP LPX
Performance is officially listed as achieving P2689 in 3DMark-11 when paired with an AMD R-464L APU. So the big question here is if the E8860 can be paired with either a BGA or socketed APU in dual graphics mode. On the consumer side at least, this could result in some nice GPU performance if an APU could be paired with something like this, leaving a PCIe x8 slot for other devices. It could even act as a mid-range part in the laptop space, although 37W will need to be catered for, or a mini-ITX motherboard where the other PCIe lanes are used for SATA controllers for extra storage.
Due to the use in the embedded market, interested parties will need to contact their local AMD representative for pricing and information.
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ninjaquick - Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - linkTake that, Transmeta!
Mondozai - Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - linkThey haven't existed for over 5 years.
dmaclaren - Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - linkNice!
fteoath64 - Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - linkEmbedded ??!. This is a discrete gpu for all intends and purposes since it is on MXM module and interfaced via PCIe bus. To place such gpu power into a laptop with close to GTX 650M performance level is a good thing. Maybe mobo designers can embed one of these into mATX or ITX boards with Core i3 processors or even Kaveri systems allowing crossfire and netfinity functionality at a low price compared to Intel's lousy igpu. At least one can access Mantle drivers for games, so it could be a bonus for mobo makers to mark up $50 more. Here in lies the issue of potential upgradability depending on the cooling scheme used. Passive heatpipe sinks on a stick going past the backplate ?!.
Krysto - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - linkAMD should make a Titan equivalent, but in APU form. It could sell very well for people who want to play VR games, and want chips that are well integrated for low latency, and have very high performance.
Unfortunately, AMD will probably continue their strategy of overpricing their chips because of the crypto-miners, which will make them useless for the VR crowd. So if they do it, they have to decide before that they are not going to gouge their customers.
Gigaplex - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - linkThat wouldn't work very well on DDR3. You'd need a custom system with faster memory, like GDDR5. Now you're in PS4 territory.
As for high prices with crypto-mining, AMD didn't set those high prices. The retailers are pricing way above MSRP in North America.