Point of Sale or Kiosks, described as self service devices in grocery and hardware stores, airline counters, bus and train stations and other retailers, are becoming very common. They benefit consumers and companies alike through superior service and low costs. The trend appears to continue as these self service kiosks improve in their ability to provide high quality and more diverse services.
These applications often require very unique I/O to support technologies such as bar code scanners, card readers, touch screens, multiple printers, scales and other devices. The systems must interact with the I/O while simultaneously providing a smooth, high quality graphical interface that is beginning to include 3D and video.
AMD offers low power scalable processor and chipset solutions ranging from AMD Geode™ processors with 2D graphics to high performance AMD64 technology with high speed low latency I/O, 3D graphics, video and a range of software compatible price and power points. Leveraging the M690T or AMD 780E chipset and a discrete ATI Radeon™ graphics controller, up to four kiosk heads can be driven by a single board. If only one or two display heads with I/O are being driven, a single-core processor can be utilized but upgraded to dual-core for multi-headed operation.