AMD Supports Universal Graphics Module Standard

Kontron has announced that AMD will support the Universal Graphics Module standard (UGM). As a leading vendor of the well known ATI computer graphics processing technologies, AMD’s support for the UGM standard will accelerate its rapid and wide-spread acceptance. The UGM standard provides off-the-shelf embedded graphics on an industry-standard modular platform with multiple display configurations to guarantee customers the shortest time-to-market. With its long-life ATI product portfolio, AMD serves the particular needs of the embedded market. AMD’s support of the UGM Consortium will thus accelerate the adoption of AMD’s ATI advanced graphics technologies in the embedded market, states Aurelius Wosylus, Sales Manager Europe of AMD.

Universal Graphics Module standard (UGM)With this declaration of support from AMD’s Embedded Display Group that is responsible for delivering the high-end ATI product portfolio for the embedded markets, we have won the support of an industry leader in graphics processing technology in the UGM Consortium, underlining the importance of the UGM standard for the embedded marketplace”, said Dirk Finstel, Vice President Global Research & Engineering at Kontron. “The open standard strategy with multiple supporting vendors ensures that UGM is becoming as well accepted as Kontron’s ETX® and COM Express[tm] products. We welcome interest from other parties who would like to join the group of vendors supporting UGM,” concludes Finstel.

The UGM open standard has been especially created for scalable, high-end PEG graphics with long-term availability. It represents the right standard made available at the right time to fit the requirements of many new applications in the field of embedded computing: The latest high resolution flat panels and operating systems as well as the latest CPUs and GPUs are now able to bring advanced graphics-driven technologies into embedded designs. Adoption of the UGM standard will change OEM solutions for many embedded industries, including:

  • Medical equipment
  • Casino gaming and arcade markets
  • Vision control technologies for security and industry markets
  • Simulation technologies

UGM offers quick and easy implementation of advanced graphics functions in custom designs for all these applications – including all the necessary drivers. The specification of the new UGM standard is available for third-party providers. The world’s first Universal Graphics Module, the Kontron UGM-M72, uses the ATI M72 chip which is based on AMD’s flagship GPU ATI R600.

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Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) is a leading global provider of innovative processing solutions in the computing, graphics and consumer electronics markets. AMD is dedicated to driving open innovation, choice and industry growth by delivering superior customer-centric solutions that empower consumers and businesses worldwide. AMD’s Embedded Display Group (part of the former ATI) is dedicated to providing innovative display technology for cutting-edge solutions for the industrial computing, custom imaging, and gaming markets. AMD recognizes the special needs of the embedded market. With a long life product portfolio and dedicated customer support, the Embedded Display Group eliminates barriers to the adoption of advanced graphics in the embedded market. Leading, global OEMs have partnered with AMD to develop best-in-class products giving them a competitive advantage and technology leadership.

About Kontron
Kontron designs and manufactures standard-based and custom embedded and communications solutions for OEMs, systems integrators, and application providers in a variety of markets. Kontron engineering and manufacturing facilities, located throughout Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific, work together with streamlined global sales and support services to help customers reduce their time-to-market and gain a competitive advantage. Kontron’s diverse product portfolio includes: boards and mezzanines, Computer-on-Modules, HMIs and displays, systems, and custom capabilities. Kontron is a Premier member of the Intel® Embedded and Communications Alliance. The company is a recent three-time VDC Platinum vendor for Embedded Computer Boards. Kontron is listed on the German TecDAX stock exchange under the symbol “KBC”.

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