ELECTRONICS OUTFIT Gizmosphere has launched a 4x4in computer sporting AMD's G series accelerated processing unit (APU).
Gizmosphere's Gizmo computer is much like the cut-price Raspberry Pi and Via's APC except that it is larger and packs more computing power. AMD confirmed that Gizmosphere's 4x4in board uses a 1GHz G series APU, which has a Radeon HD 6250 graphics core.
AMD's G series APUs have been around for a while and the firm has been pitching the chips at the embedded market citing total system power below 10W. Now Gizmosphere, a not-for-profit outfit that helps independent developers, has used one of AMD's G-T40E APUs to build a pint-sized x86 board.
AMD's APU, which has a theoretical computational power of 52 GFLOPS, is only part of the Gizmo computer's appeal, with Gizmosphere including SATA, USB, PCI Express, Displayport, GPIO and a JTAG header. The firm offers a development kit that makes use of the Gizmo computer's low speed connector to offer a numeric keypad, a small display and the ability to build additional electronic circuits.
Gizmosphere's Gizmo development kit costs $199, which might be a lot more than the Raspberry Pi but offers significantly more computing power and a fully programmable GPU. Unlike the Raspberry Pi, Gizmosphere said the Gizmo computer can run Windows along with Linux and Android, which for some is an important feature.
Gizmosphere told The INQUIRER that the board is being sold through Digikey in the US, but added that it is looking to expand into other regions. µ