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AMD, Sage, Texas Multicore Technologies, Viosoft, Jumpstart x86 GizmoSphere Developer Community for APUs

Posted Jan 24 2013 12:42pm
 
(1888PressRelease) Offering powerful, $199 development kit with board, tools and support to spur innovation of embedded x86 APU technology.

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- AMD (NYSE: AMD), Sage Electronic Engineering LLC, Texas Multicore Technologies and Viosoft today officially launched GizmoSphere to foster innovation and development for x86-based embedded Accelerated Processing Units (APUs). The collective goal of GizmoSphere is to drive and enable technology projects of interest to independent developers with a focus on stimulating and encouraging innovation for existing and new applications that leverage APUs, which are a CPU and GPU combined into a single processor. At the heart of GizmoSphere is Gizmo, a 4 inch by 4 inch x86 development board available with coreboot® that can run a variety of operating systems including Android, Linux®, RTOSes and Windows®. The Gizmo board is offered as part of a comprehensive development kit for only $199, a price that includes the development board, an I/O expansion board and development tools. 

Gizmo combines the power of a supercomputer with the I/O capabilities of a microcontroller. Built upon the AMD Embedded G-series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU), the Gizmo board can deliver 52.8 gigaflops while operating at less than 10 watts. Development flexibility is achieved through two card edge connectors, one high-speed and one low-speed, that bring out additional I/O functionality. Packaged as part of a development kit, the Gizmo board is available with a low speed expansion board through http://www.gizmosphere.org. 

"GizmoSphere strives to serve a diverse and growing embedded development community," said Scott Hoot, President, Sage Electronic Engineering. "Developers ready to take advantage of a high-performance, full I/O featured x86 development board that comes with sophisticated development tools and support for leading operating systems will find tremendous value in Gizmo and the GizmoSphere community."

"AMD is proud to be a founding member of GizmoSphere to help bring low-cost embedded development tools to innovators and educators all over the world," says Kamal Khouri, director of embedded marketing, AMD. "This is the first time APU technology has been made available to the developer community and we are excited to see how it will be used." 

In beta since November, GizmoSphere has already succeeded in attracting innovative embedded developers from around the world, linked through the community portal. The partners contribute to the GizmoSphere, creating a resource and knowledge center for the growing developer community. Developers ready to take advantage of a powerful x86-based development kit that comes with Android support in an open source environment can plug into GizmoSphere today.

To learn more about or join the GizmoSphere, or purchase a Gizmo board and development kit, please visit www.gizmosphere.org.

About GizmoSphere
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, news and other information pertinent to the embedded development community. GizmoSphere offers the Gizmo Explorer Kit, 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.
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