SECO: cool boxes for hot gaming

High-end casino gaming has to grab users with an immersive gaming experience. Systems combining high energy and cost efficiency with outstanding performance and latest graphics features are the hot thing. Leading the way is the new fanless CHILI Gaming PC from PSM Gaming with AMD Embedded R-Series SOC processor technology. The new AMD Embedded R-Series SOCs processors set new benchmarks in this high-end segment. In relation to the processor‘s power consumption, the graphics performance is outstanding. Plus, this power consumption can be configured over an extremely wide range and GPGPU support via OpenCL and HSA paves the way for completely new levels of interaction between man and (gaming) machine. Furthermore, this is the first SoC design of the processor.

The new SoCs integrate dual- or quad-core processors, powerful AMD Radeon HD Graphics and the platform controller hub for the complete range of interfaces on a single silicon die. The new Excavator microarchitecture optimizes the footprint of individual functional units, which results in a lower energy requirement.

The integrated AMD Radeon HD Graphics is based on the third generation Graphics Core Next (GCN 1.3) architecture, consisting of up to 8 compute units each with 64 execution units - a total of 512 execution units. It delivers advanced graphics performance with the latest 3D features of DirectX12 and Open GL 4.4. High-end casino gaming machines profit from a graphics performance for up to three 4k displays on par with current gaming consoles. These high resolutions are paramount to an immersive gaming experience with brilliant graphics, as the player is extremely close up to the gaming machine’s screen.

Additionally, developers of high-end machines can exploit the AMD Radeon HD Graphics to develop completely new interactions between players and gaming machines by using perceptual computing technologies. Along with gesture control, emotion recognition is already possible using extremely fast, reliable facial recognition software.

The AMD Embedded R-Series SOCs new power management makes it possible to configure the maximum power over an extremely wide power range. On the new AMD R-Series, the configurable TDP can be set between 12 and 35 watts. According to individual applications, OEMs can adjust the optimum cTDP setting in the BIOS of AMD R-Series SOCs in 1 watt increments. This enables them to adapt the system to the application. Due to this flexibility, a single platform can be used for diverse machines. Gaming machines can thus be configured so that they consume minimum power for a certain application, and thus produce minimum waste heat.

The best processor platform is of little value in high-end casino games though, if it cannot be easily integrated into applications. Therefor PSM Gaming, a subsidiary of the global embedded board manufacturer SECO, developed the new G920 CHILI gaming system. It has been designed to meet the specific needs of high-end casino gaming and to fulfill all the international gaming standards and legal requirements. Operation is completely fanless. And that goes for each of the configurable performance levels - from 12 to 35 watts - of the new AMD Embedded R-Series SOC processors. OEMs can even integrate the maximum 35 watt performance of the AMD R-Series SOCs into their designs, and therefore offer players a new gaming experience of the highest quality.

The system controls up to three independent displays with resolutions up to 4k (3840 x 2160) over 3x DisplayPort and two optional video outputs. Even in close proximity to the screen, graphics and H.264 and H.265 encoded videos look outstandingly sharp without pixelation. The system supports up to 32 gigabytes of fast DDR 4 memory, allowing more data to be stored on the RAM. This in turn means that games can be swapped faster and loading time is minimized. In addition to an analog 5.1 audio output, S/PDIF and line-in and microphone ports, the G920 CHILI also offers a 2.1 amplified output with 3x 20 watts. OEMs can directly attach stereo speakers and a subwoofer, without having to invest in a dedicated audio amplifier.

Via 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, ccTalk, 4x RS232 and iButton, OEMs can flexibly connect additional controls and peripherals, such as validators for credit cards, coins and bills. Two Ethernet ports allow for a wide range of network topologies. Storage media can be connected via SATA, CFAST and SD.

In terms of security, the G920 CHILI offers PSP, HWB, DR and a TPM 1.2. It also complies with the SAS and G2S protocols. Further to these hardware features, in accordance with GLI11 certification, PSM has integrated a highly secure Boot Security Chain, not only providing better overall security but also simplifying obligatory and complex security test and audits in the gaming industry.

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