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AMD Accelerates Ryzen Embedded

May 7, 2019

Author: Tom R. Halfhill

Squeezing a bit more performance from its 14nm Zen CPUs, AMD is sampling two new Ryzen Embedded processors with integrated graphics and networking. These R1000-series chips—or accelerated processing units (APUs), as the company calls them—target casino games, digital kiosks, industrial machines, thin clients, and other embedded systems that need relatively fast GPUs and Ethernet connectivity. Both dual-core models are scheduled for production this quarter.

The new R1505G and R1606G differ only in clock speed and price. The former operates its dual CPUs at 2.4GHz (base clock) to 3.3GHz (turbo); the latter nudges those frequencies to 2.6GHz and 3.5GHz, respectively. And the R1606G’s GPU is 20% faster: 1.2GHz versus 1.0GHz. AMD rates both processors at 15W thermal design power (TDP).

These R1000 products are variations of the dual-core Ryzen Embedded V1202B introduced last year. Specifically, the R1606G’s CPUs are up to 13% faster and its Radeon Vega GPU with three compute units (CUs) is 20% faster. Both new chips also have dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) ports instead of the older model’s Gigabit Ethernet (GbE). And their FP5 BGA packages make them pin compatible with the V1000-series. The main differences are that all V1000 models except the V1202B have four CPUs and up to 16 PCI Express (PCIe Gen3) lanes, whereas both R1000 models announced so far have only two CPUs and 8 lanes.

Although the new products are minor additions to the Ryzen Embedded family, they broaden the entry-level options for customers that need faster CPUs, graphics, and networking but don’t need more than two dual-threaded cores. The R1000-series allows AMD to offer lower-power, lower-price products that beat Intel’s graphics performance and provide faster Ethernet connectivity without an external south-bridge hub.

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