AMD's APU drives this GizmoSphere

Posted by Trent Nouveau

AMD's x86 G-series APU is the brains behind the GizmoSphere, a low-cost board targeted at developers and modders.

As expected, the 4-inch by 4-inch x86 development board is capable of running a number of operating systems, including Android, Linux, RTOSes and Windows.

"The GizmoSphere board is powered by the G-T40E dual-core processor running at 1.0 GHz, combined on a single die with the AMD Radeon HD 6250 discrete-class graphics," AMD rep Kamal Khouri told TG Daily in an e-mailed statement.

"The board provides a performance capacity of 52 gigaflops (GFLOPS) at less than 10 watts. Custom high-speed and low-speed edge connectors enable a full range of functions."

According to the Khouri, the APU offers a power-efficient foundation for high-performance multimedia content delivery across a wide range of embedded designs including digital signage, x86 set-top-box (xSTB), IP-TV, thin client, information kiosk, point-of-sale, casino gaming, media servers and industrial control systems.

“Gizmo is an excellent board for the next generation of embedded systems development,” he said.

"The device will serve the diverse and growing embedded dev community and is especially useful for those wanting to incorporate the advanced capabilities possible by harnessing a heterogeneous architecture. Devs ready to take advantage of a high-performance, full I/O featured, x86 development board should find tremendous value in Gizmo."

Packaged as part of a development kit, the Gizmo board is currently available now via GizmoSphere.org for $199.

It should be noted that GizmoSphere’s founding members include AMD, Sage Electronic Engineering, Texas Multicore Technologies and Viosoft. AMD is a founding member of GizmoSphere, a not-for-profit organization whose collective goal is to facilitate tech projects of interest for independent devs, with a focus on encouraging the creation of devices around multicore heterogeneous computing using APUs.