AMD Launches "Bald Eagle" R-Series APUs, Talks Up Linux
Written by Michael Larabel in AMD on 20 May 2014 at 10:03 AM EDT. Add A Comment
AMD has launched their second-generation R-Series APUs and CPUs today that were previously known under the "Bald Eagle" codename.

These "Bald Eagle" R-Series APUs are designed for embedded applications such as "gaming machines, medical imaging, digital signage, industrial control and automation (IC&A), communications and networking infrastructure."

The Bald Eagle parts run between 2.2~3.6GHz and are based upon AMD's latest "Steamroller" architecture and boast GCN integrated Radeon graphics. Bald Eagle is also AMD's first embedded R-Series APUs that support their Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA).

Given AMD's embedded application target for this new hardware, it's to no surprise they're talking up their Linux support... AMD prominently lists Linux support for this new hardware and also says, "Open-source Linux development: As a gold-level member of the Yocto Project, a Linux Foundation Collaboration Project, and as part of a recent multiyear agreement with Mentor Graphics​, embedded systems developers now have access to customized embedded Linux development and commercial support on the 2nd generation AMD Embedded R-series family through Mentor Embedded Linux and Sourcery CodeBench, as well as Mentor Embedded Linux Lite available at no cost." Last month was when AMD and Mentor Graphics hooked up with Yocto.

Those interested in this second-generation AMD R-Series hardware can find more details via today's press release.
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