March 07, 2005 00:01 ET

AMD Releases Integrated Hardware and Software Design Solution for AMD Geode NX Processors




MARCH 7, 2005 - 00:01 ET

AMD Releases Integrated Hardware and Software Design
Solution for AMD Geode NX Processors

AUSTIN, Texas--(CCNMatthews - Mar 6, 2005) -

Enhanced Development Board Simplifies Design Process, Trims Product
Development and Time-to-Market Costs for High-Performance, Fanless
Embedded Computing

AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced availability of the first development
board specifically designed for the high-performance, low-power AMD
Geode™ NX processor family, featuring the Mini-ITX form factor and a
specialized Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) chipset. The AMD Geode™
NX DB1500 development board and reference design was created to simplify
product design processes with integrated hardware and software
capabilities using high-performance, low-power Geode NX processors.
Customers can use the AMD Geode NX DB1500 to develop small form factor
devices including thin-client, point-of-sale, or single-board computers
or other embedded applications, including entertainment and gaming
systems, with outstanding x86 processor performance.

The turnkey development board and design solution from AMD combines a
processor, chipset, memory and peripherals together on a single platform
along with debugging features and software. Deployed in Microsoft®
Windows® XP/XPe, Windows and Linux operating system
environments, and designed to be compatible with a vast array of x86
applications and solutions, the NX DB1500 development board suits the
design demands of customers in a multitude of embedded environments.

Using the reference design kit and development platform offered by AMD,
design engineers save time during the design and test process, allowing
for more resources to be focused on feature and design enhancements.

"Logic is excited to partner with AMD and SiS to provide a development
board and single-board computer that reduces time to market for
customers seeking low-power, high-performance embedded solutions," said
Eric Harnisch, director of marketing, Logic Product Development. "The
AMD Geode NX processor enables Logic to provide customers with a
product-ready, low-power, fanless single-board computer that can be
immediately integrated into their product. The board was designed to
meet the demands of numerous power- and heat-sensitive environments."

"The addition of the SiS741CX and SiS964 devices on the AMD Geode NX
DB1500 development board provides design engineers with integrated
systems that address hardware and software needs," said Daniel Chen, CEO
and president, SiS. "We look forward to working with AMD to develop
future embedded solutions that continue to meet stringent design

"Our customers feel enormous pressure to transform big ideas into little
devices," said Erik Salo, director of marketing, Personal Connectivity
Solutions Group, AMD. "The new development board helps design engineers
speed through the design phase and get their high performance, fanless
products to market -- on time and under budget."

The AMD Geode NX DB1500 development board with advanced SiS chipset
technology provides an enhanced development environment with a Mini-ITX
form factor, integrated graphics controller, VGA and TFT outputs, and
compatibility with both legacy and current PC I/O specifications. These
design features provide developers a cost-effective and versatile tool
for developing high-performance, low-power, fanless design evaluations.

Primary Development Board features:

Memory Devices

-- DIMM memory support for DDR DRAM module of up to 1GB

-- Support for LPC Boot


-- One PCI 2.2 Expansion slot

Debug Assist Features

-- Test Points for Key signals

-- Hardware Debug Tool Interface (software & adapter hardware available
through 3rd party)

-- LEDs for easy notification of system activity

On-Board Peripherals

-- USB 2.0 Ports

-- IDE Port

-- Serial ATA Ports

-- CRT Connector

-- 10/100 Ethernet Port

-- TFT Connector (optional display kit available)

-- AC '97 Audio CODEC stereo

-- 6-channel audio support

-- S/PDIF Audio output

-- 16550 compatible Serial Port

-- EPP/ECP Parallel Port


Software Included

-- Platform-specific BIOS implementation

-- Peripheral Initialization routines

-- Diagnostics

-- Example Code

-- Development tools

System Documentation

-- User's guide

-- Quick Start guide

-- Hardware datasheets

-- Complete set of hardware design files, including schematics, layout,
and BOM

Ordering Information



The AMD Geode NX DB1500 development board with SiS chipset technology is
available today and costs $599 per unit. Design files are also
available. For more information about the AMD Geode NX DB1500
development board, visit:

About AMD's Personal Connectivity Solutions Group (PCSG)

PCSG delivers a portfolio of processors that are designed to address
customer needs for high-performance, low-power embedded solutions. PCSG
offers technologies from the AMD Alchemy™ Solutions and the AMD
Geode™ Solutions product families covering a wide range of
applications. Target markets for PCSG include multimedia, access and
computing devices, and growth opportunities in consumer electronics and
communication segments.

About AMD

AMD (NYSE:AMD) designs and produces innovative microprocessors, Flash
memory devices and low-power processor solutions for the computer,
communications and consumer electronics industries. AMD is dedicated to
delivering standards-based, customer-focused solutions for technology
users, ranging from enterprises and governments to individual consumers.
For more information visit

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Contact Information

    AMD Public Relations
    Steve Howard, 512-602-9486