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AMD launches new G-Series family, hints at future ARM chips

by Gareth Halfacree

On the ten-year anniversary of its Opteron processor, the first 64-bit x86 chip to hit the mass market, AMD has made an announcement that illustrates better than any other how its focus is shifting: a new family of G-series processor for the embedded markets.

Based on the Jaguar architecture - the same architecture that powers the semi-custom processors at the heart of Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 console - the latest entries in the G-series are based on a system-on-chip design which pairs up to four Jaguar cores with Radeon HD embedded graphics in thermal design profiles (TDPs) ranging from 25W to just 9W. Designed to replace the existing G-series family, the new chips include power efficiency improvements through clock-gating in the graphics cores, a shared L2 cache - another step on the road to AMD's Heterogeneous Systems Architecture (HSA) vision - and the latest Universal Video Decode 3 (UVD 3) combined with hardware acceleration of video encoding - a...

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Arai1193d ago

Mark Cerny confirmed the PS4 will use ARM’s TrustZone in an interview (it monitors all the I/O of the system).

It's the secondary chip that manages the downloads and uploads in the background.

dcbronco1192d ago

The most interesting things to gamers here should be the GPU and the price. 8xxx series GPUs and $72 dollars on the high-end. This should let everyone know that the chips in the next consoles will not be that expensive. Sony and MS will own the chips and shop them to the cheapest fabricator. They will pay no more than $70 for their main APU and $10-15 for an ARM based secondary chip or SoC. These consoles will be cheap and there is no reason to think they will be $500 or even $450. They will launch at $400 and make a profit day one.