Open source single board computer from GizmoSphere offers flexibility and performance for embedded, DIY and advanced hobbyist markets
Manila, Philippines – November 12, 2014 AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that the AMD Embedded G-Series System-on-Chip (SoC) is powering the new Gizmo 2 development board from GizmoSphere, a nonprofit development board community.
Gizmo 2 is a second-generation, open source development board, offering embedded programmers and advanced DIYers outstanding compute and graphics performance on a single platform for a wide range of Linux and Windows based development projects.
“The AMD Embedded G-Series SoC processor combines a powerful and efficient CPU and GPU on a single chip, making Gizmo 2 ideal for both DIYers and professionals looking to go beyond the entry-level performance available with most of today’s DIY boards,” said Kamal Khouri, director of marketing, AMD Embedded Solutions. “Gizmo 2 offers cutting-edge compute performance and exceptional graphics processing, enabling the exploration of new ideas in science and technology, while encouraging innovation around multicore heterogeneous computing.”
Based on the AMD GX-210HA dual-core processor, Gizmo 2 is more powerful than its predecessor, coupling a 1.0 GHz CPU and 300 MHz GPU while only drawing 9 watts TDP on a compact, 4-inch by 4-inch board. Gizmo 2 is one of the highest performing development boards available with 85 GFLOPS performance, ideal for those looking to supplement or replace entry-level platforms. Founded on an open source, community-based ecosystem, Gizmo 2 hardware schematics, Gerber format files and bill-of-materials (BOM) will be open-sourced to the GizmoSphere and Element14 community for those looking to design and build a custom board.
Features of the Gizmo 2 board include:
- HDMI video/audio output
- 1 GB DDR3-1600 memory
- HD audio in/out
- mSATA/mini PCIe Connector
- microSD card slot
- Onboard Gigabit Ethernet
- USB 3 (2) and 2 (2) connectors
- Support for DirectX® 11.1, OpenGL 4.2x and OpenCL™ 1.2, enabling parallel processing
- Error-Correction Code (ECC) memory support
The board is available worldwide for $199 (USD) through Gizmosphere and the Element14 community. GizmoSphere provides community forums for developers to find and share information on Gizmo 2, plus examples and tips on development projects. To learn more about GizmoSphere, or to purchase a Gizmo 2 board, please visit www.GizmoSphere.org.
AMD (NYSE: AMD) designs and integrates technology that powers millions of intelligent devices, including personal computers, tablets, game consoles and cloud servers that define the new era of surround computing. AMD solutions enable people everywhere to realize the full potential of their favorite devices and applications to push the boundaries of what is possible. For more information, visit www.amd.com.
GizmoSphere is an independent initiative created to meet the open source development needs of embedded developers around the globe. It serves as a resource center providing documentation, downloads, schematics, news and other information pertinent to the embedded development community. GizmoSphere offers Gizmo 2, which brings the power of a supercomputer and the I/O capabilities of a microcontroller to the x86 open source embedded development community in one convenient, affordable package. For details, visit www.gizmosphere.org.