The AMD Ryzen Embedded series is designed to create embedded systems, among which the so-called Single Board Computers stand out. So they are excellent processors to place inside a mini-ITX or Nano-ITX box. And therefore they are ideal for mounting an HTPC that in addition to the ability to play games and even as a base for an arcade machine.
AMD Ryzen V3000: Rembrandt in miniature
AMD Ryzen Embedded – V3000
Zen 3 (6 nm) – FP7r2
– up to 8 Cores / 16 Threads
– 20x PCIe 4.0 lanes (8x dGPU)
– 4x DDR5-4800 (ECC)
– two 10G ethernet PHYs
– 2x USB 4.0
– 15-30 W and 35-54 W models
– up to 12 CUs (RDNA2)
– Patrick Schur (@patrickschur_) June 21, 2021
The AMD Ryzen Embedded have always been lower consumption versions of the AMD APUs, but designed to work with lower consumption and making use of a special socket for embedded systems. The next addition will be based on the AMD Rembrandt, which will be the APUs that we know for a fact that AMD will launch next year for laptops first and desktops later.
We have been able to find out this information through Patrick Schur’s Twitter account, so the AMD Ryzen Embedded V3000 to be manufactured under TSMC’s 6nm node, its CPU will be based on Zen 3+ architecture. And it will be available in both 8 cores and 16 threads like 6 cores and 12 threads. Regarding the memory support, it will be compatible with memory DDR5-4800 with two memory channels and with ECC support.
In terms of I / O capabilities, the Ryzen V3000 now supports PCI Express 4.0 in its 20 lanes of which 8 can be used to place a graphics card, but where it stands out the most is in the support for USB 4.0 ports. What draws our attention from the rumors about Zen 4-based CPUs without USB 4.0 support. And if we already talk about network connectivity, the AMD Ryzen Embedded V3000 will have two 10 Gbps Ethernet interfaces.
Finally, since every APU would not be without an integrated GPU, we have to talk about it. And it is that according to what is filtered by Schur, we are going to see not only a jump from 8 to 12 Compute Units, but also the use of RDNA 2 architecture for the first time on an AMD Ryzen for embedded systems.
When will we have these APUs available?
Given that the AMD Ryzen V2000 were launched only 7 months ago and the Rembrandt APUs, on which it is based, will not appear until 2022. We should not expect the launch of these APUs before November of this year and this under expectations more positive. Since AMD is going to give more importance to the versions for Rembrandt laptops, where they have a larger market than in embedded systems.
Having an APU based on Zen 3+ and RDNA 2 is going to be a quality leap when it comes to embedded systems. As we have already said before, mini-ITX PCs are going to have a significant leap in power with these new APUs, which will be available from 2022 at the latest.