AMD Announces New Embedded Processors

AMD has recently announced two new products, ones designed for the embedded computer market, or any system constrained by cost, heat, space, or power. These new processors, revealed to the world at the Embedded World Conference, will take cues from the company’s Zen architecture.

The Epyc Embedded 3000 and the Ryzen Embedded V1000, were both made to lower-power counterparts for the Epyc and Ryzen lines, respectively. These two new processors have the same structure and architecture as their larger kin, but their designed to better fit constrained platforms, those that need to keep a lid on space, cost, heat or power, as is usually the case in an embedded computer, or with industrial workstations.

The Epyc Embedded 3000 line has 4- or 16-core options available, as well as single-threaded iterations. In terms of thermal design profiles (TDPs) the range can go from 30W up to 100W, and the entire line has 64 PCI Express lanes, compared to the 128 of its larger, traditional kin. For the Ryzen Embedded V1000 range, meanwhile, are APUs (Accelerate processing units) that use a combination of Zen and Vega processors, capable of working with 4 cores and 8 threads, with a TDP range starting at 12W and going up 54W.

Scott Aylor; AMD’s embedded head, said during the reveal of these new products, that they are bringing their Zen design system from the traditional PCs and notebooks into the storage, networking and industrial systems, bringing high performance from the core market into the edge systems. He says that, with these new-products AMD in bringing in space and performance to gaming, imaging, industrial and embedded computer systems everywhere, bringing in a new age of embedded processing.

These two new product lines are AMD’s big move into the profitable embedded market which has, historically, been the domain of its corporate rivals. If AMD’s first moves with these chips are of any indication, however, the company is slated to acquire lucrative profits from these new products, as the processors are slated for integration to several key systems across different systems, including, but not limited to, casino gaming platforms, new ultrasound systems, and a digital signage system, among others.

The company has further detail on the new parts, for viewing at the company blog.