New AMD Embedded GPU Delivers Up to 3X Performance-Per-Watt for Low-Power Embedded Applications

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 03, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — – AMD (NASDAQ:AMD) today announ­ced the AMD Embed­ded Rade­on™ E9170 Series gra­phics pro­ces­sing unit (GPU). The new pro­ces­sor is the first “Pola­ris” archi­tec­tu­re-based AMD Embed­ded dis­cre­te GPU avail­ab­le in mul­ti-chip modu­le (MCM) for­mat with inte­gra­ted memo­ry for smal­ler, power-effi­ci­ent custom designs, as well as PCI Express® and MXM for­mats for stan­dard form fac­tor sys­tems. The E9170 Series GPU is ide­al for devices that requi­re pre­mi­um gra­phics and expan­ded dis­play capa­bi­li­ties while mee­ting exac­ting power and ther­mal effi­ci­en­cy demands. AMD is exten­ding its core gra­phics tech­no­lo­gy, deli­vering crys­tal clear reso­lu­ti­on and a stun­ning and seam­less 4K expe­ri­ence across mul­ti­ple dis­plays to a gro­wing num­ber of mar­kets, inclu­ding digi­tal casi­no games, thin cli­ents, medi­cal dis­plays, retail and digi­tal signa­ge, and indus­tri­al sys­tems.

The AMD Embed­ded Rade­on E9173 GPU, based on the “Pola­ris” archi­tec­tu­re, lever­ages an opti­mi­zed 14nm Fin­FET manu­fac­tu­ring pro­cess to pro­vi­de up to 3X the per­for­mance-per-watt over pre­vious genera­ti­ons of AMD Embed­ded GPUs(*). By offe­ring sub-40W TDP in a small packa­ge, AMD enab­les a broa­der ran­ge of pro­duc­ts, adding a new level of sca­la­bi­li­ty to the AMD Rade­on™ Power-Effi­ci­ent Embed­ded GPU port­fo­lio. With sup­port for up to five simul­ta­ne­ous 4K dis­plays(**), the E9170 Series GPU vir­tual­ly eli­mi­na­tes the need for addi­tio­nal pro­ces­sors and dupli­ca­te hard­ware to crea­te an immer­si­ve mul­ti­me­dia envi­ron­ment. Addi­tio­nal­ly, the opti­on to select from MCM, MXM and PCI Express modu­les increa­ses design fle­xi­bi­li­ty while mini­mi­zing com­ple­xi­ty.

Deve­lo­pers are con­ti­nuing to push the bounda­ries on what’s pos­si­ble for embed­ded sys­tems, deman­ding more per­for­mance, more fea­tures and more design opti­ons, all while signi­fi­cant­ly redu­cing power con­sump­ti­on. At the GPU level, it is cri­ti­cal to pro­vi­de ver­sa­ti­le solu­ti­ons that do not com­pro­mi­se on gra­phics per­for­mance or 4K mul­ti-dis­play capa­bi­li­ties,” said Colin Cure­ton, direc­tor of pro­duct manage­ment, AMD Enter­pri­se Solu­ti­ons. “The new AMD Embed­ded Rade­on E9170 Series GPU not only achie­ves up to 3X the per­for­mance-per-watt over pre­vious solu­ti­ons, but is the first ‘Polaris’-based Embed­ded GPU avail­ab­le in the MCM form fac­tor to enab­le sleek designs in a varie­ty of sizes, striking the opti­mal balan­ce of per­for­mance and power effi­ci­en­cy.”

Key Application Benefits of the E9170 Series

  • Digi­tal casi­no games: Hel­ping redu­ce ener­gy con­sump­ti­on and ope­ra­ting costs, the E9170 Series GPU cuts down on 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.

Key Features of the E9170 Series GPU

  • Up to 1.25 TFLOPS at sub-40W TDP board power, set­ting a new bench­mark wit­hin the AMD Rade­on Power-Effi­ci­ent Embed­ded GPU port­fo­lio by deli­vering up to 3X the per­for­mance-per-watt over pre­vious genera­ti­ons.
  • 4K opti­mi­za­ti­on and fle­xi­ble mul­ti-dis­play con­fi­gura­bi­li­ty to enab­le rich mul­ti­me­dia and design ver­sa­ti­li­ty.
  • Fea­tures inclu­de 4K HEVC/H.265(***) and AVC/H.264 decode and encode, and up to five dis­play out­puts using HDMI® 2.0 and/or Dis­play­Port 1.4.
  • Avail­ab­le in com­pact MCM, stan­dard MXM and PCI Express card form fac­tors.
  • Plan­ned avai­la­bi­li­ty through 2024 to ensu­re sup­port con­ti­nui­ty for long-lifecy­cle pro­duc­ts and next-genera­ti­on designs.
  • 4K and 3D sup­port ensu­res unpar­al­leled visu­al immer­si­on.
  • 4GB memo­ry (128bit GDDR5) for high-per­for­mance needs.

Partner Support


“Quixant is a long-term AMD part­ner and we have suc­cess­ful­ly imple­men­ted several genera­ti­ons of high-per­for­mance GPUs for various casi­no gaming sys­tems,” said Nick Jar­ma­ny, Chief Exe­cu­ti­ve Offi­cer, Quixant. “The new AMD Rade­on GPU in the MCM form fac­tor pro­vi­des us with the com­pe­ti­ti­ve per­for­mance advan­ta­ge we expect from AMD, while also dri­ving down power con­sump­ti­on so we can deli­ver advan­ced, eye-catching con­tent on a 4K dis­play in a com­pact, cost-effec­tive packa­ge, kee­ping our custo­mers at the top of their game.”


“Over the last 10 years, Eizo Rug­ged Solu­ti­ons has part­ne­red with AMD Embed­ded to suc­cess­ful­ly bring high­ly reli­able and rug­ged gra­phics, video cap­tu­re and enco­ding pro­duc­ts to several lar­ge defen­se pro­grams,” said Sel­wyn L Hen­ri­ques, Pre­si­dent and Chief Exe­cu­ti­ve Offi­cer, Eizo Rug­ged Solu­ti­ons. “AMD’s unwa­vering com­mit­ment to the embed­ded mar­ket, inclu­ding long pro­duct lifecy­cles and GPUs with high per­for­mance-per-watt, has enab­led us to offer our custo­mers excep­tio­nal video solu­ti­ons that meet or exceed their needs and mini­mi­ze TCO. The new Eizo XMC and 3U VPX pro­duc­ts, based on the AMD Embed­ded Rade­on E9170 Series GPU, will help us deli­ver even hig­her per­for­mance and con­ti­nue to expand our custo­mer base.”


The AMD Embed­ded Rade­on E9170 Series GPU in PCI Express and MXM modu­le con­fi­gu­ra­ti­ons are plan­ned to be avail­ab­le in Octo­ber 2017, and the E9170 Series GPU MCM modu­le con­fi­gu­ra­ti­on is plan­ned for Novem­ber 2017.

(*) AMD Embed­ded Rade­on™ E6760 with 6 com­pu­te units (CU) and con­fi­gu­red at stan­dard engi­ne clock speed 600 MHz can reach a maxi­mum of 461 GFLOPS SP wit­hin ther­mal design power (TDP) of 30W, yiel­ding 15.36 GFLOPS/W.  AMD Embed­ded Rade­on™ E9173 with 8 CUs and con­fi­gu­red at stan­dard engi­ne clock speed 1124 MHz can reach a maxi­mum of 1151 GFLOPS SP wit­hin TDP of 25W, yiel­ding 46.04 GFLOPS/W, achie­ving near­ly 3x per­for­mance-per-watt com­pa­red to AMD Embed­ded Rade­on™

(**) Num­ber of dis­plays sup­por­ted varies by model.

(***) HEVC acce­le­ra­ti­on is sub­ject to inclusion/installation of com­pa­ti­ble HEVC play­ers