A few days back, AMD announced the expansion of its Ryzen™ Embedded ecosystem with the addition of two new, low-power, AMD Ryzen™ Embedded R1000 processors designed to provide customers with a low TDP range of between 6 to 10 Watts. The new processors named the R1102G and R1305G, were designed to serve the needs of customers who need a fairly high computing power but can’t afford the power consumption rates of other processors in the ecosystem.
According to the companies, Corporate Vice President and General Manager for Embedded Solutions, Rajneesh Gaur, the new processors highlights AMD’s desire to provide the embedded industry with high-performance computing. In his words, Rajneesh said
“AMD is ushering in a new age of high-performance computing for the embedded industry. We are doing this with cutting-edge technology to display immersive graphics in 4K resolution with AMD Ryzen Embedded processors, and we are now offering access to high performance in power-efficient solutions with these new low-power Ryzen Embedded R1000 processors.”
Being part of the Ryzen R1000 series, the new processors retain the DNA of the Ryzen series as they are also 14nm processors, and are built on the first-gen “Zen” CPU cores with Radeon Vega graphics. They also offer better CPU performance per watt, and better graphics performance compared to the predecessors like the AMD R-Series processors.
The new chips support DDR4-2400 memory and AMD Ryzen 3 graphics, with GPU frequencies of 1 GHz, and CPU base frequencies of 1.5GHz(for R1305G) and 1.2GHz(for R1102G), which puts the processors a bit behind when compared with the previous Ryzen versions in terms of speed. This is however understandable, as it might be a necessary trade-off that needed to be made to reduce power consumption.
Their numbers probably gave this next point away already, but there are significant differences between the two processors, with the R1305G seaming the one with higher performance. Some of the differences between the two processors are highlighted below;
- R1305G processor supports up to 3 displays, while the R1102G only supports a max of 2.
- The R1102G processor supports single-channel memory (w/ECC), while R1305G supports dual-channel (w/o ECC)
- R1102G comes with 4 PCI lanes, While the R1305G processor comes with 8.
A more detailed comparison is provided in the table below;
|Processor||TDP (W)||Cores/Threads||CPU Base Freq. (GHz)||1T CPU Boost Freq. (GHz) (up to)3||GPU CU (SIMD)||Max GPU Freq. (GHz)|
The Low TDP range of between 6( R1102G) to 10( R1305G) watts at which the processors operate, give customers the ability to reduce system costs with less memory DIMMS and lower power requirements. It also opens up possibilities around the development of fanless systems, creating room for the development of new kinds of solutions.
While the processors were just released, there already exists quite impressive lists of customers who are already building one solution or the other around it. Some of the customers as announced by AMD include Kontron with a scalable mini-ITX platform, and Simply NUC with a new mini PC unit called Red Oak, which offers affordable mainstream performance solutions with a cost-optimized feature set to its lineup of Ryzen Embedded based Mini PCs.
The two new processors are expected to be available for order at the end of March. More information on features and performance of the processors can be obtained from the announcement post on AMD’s Website