ARM Unleashes New Embedded Processors For Next-gen Devices


AMD has launched two processors, the EPYC Embedded and Ryzen Embedded, featuring its x86 Zen architecture and Vega graphics. The EPYC Embedded 3000 suits an array of markets including networking, storage and edge computing devices, while the Ryzen Embedded V1000 targets medical imaging, industrial systems, digital gaming and thin clients, according to ARM.

“Today we extend the high-performance x86 ‘Zen’ architecture from PCs, laptops and the datacenter to networking, storage and industrial solutions with the AMD EPYC Embedded and AMD Ryzen Embedded product families, delivering transformative performance from the core to the edge,” said Scott Aylor, corporate vice president and general manager, Datacenter and Embedded Solutions Business Group, AMD.

“AMD EPYC Embedded 3000 raises the bar in performance for next-generation network functions virtualization, software-defined networking and networked storage applications. AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 brings together the ‘Zen’ core architecture and ‘Vega’ graphics architecture to deliver brilliant graphics in a single chip that provides space and power savings for medical imaging, gaming and industrial systems. With these high-performance products, AMD is ushering in a new age for embedded processors”, he added.


Customers have already announced products using the processors. These are summarised below:-

  • The Quixant QX-704K Ultra HD casino gaming platform feature the Ryzen Embedded V1000 and is available now.
  • The Esaote MyLab 9 eXP ultrasound system, for general medical imaging, women’s healthcare and cardiovascular diagnostics, uses the Ryzen Embedded V1000. It is scheduled for release in Q3.
  • Advantech announced four boards based on the Ryzen Embedded V1000. They include an integrated casino gaming platform and multimedia gaming engine, a Com-E module for medical, automation and gaming applications and a mini-ITX embedded motherboard.
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There is an ecosystem of more than 16 partners offering boards and software for both processors.

According to the vendor, the  EPYC Embedded 3000 processor portfolio delivers up to 2.7X more performance-per dollar than its competition and up to 2X more connectivity. It also offers enterprise-grade reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) features.

ARM also claims that its Ryzen Embedded V1000 processors deliver up to 2X increase in performance over previous generations. Compared to competitors, it also boasts up to 3X more GPU performance, up to 46% more multi-threaded performance, and up to 26% smaller footprint.

From the security standpoint, which is a concern for enterprise customers, the  processors help protect data at the hardware level with an on-chip secure processor, complemented by hardware validated boot capabilities to help ensure systems are booted up from trusted software.

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