Just recently, AMD talked about its Ryzen V1000 and R1000 embedded CPUs. Just like Intel’s variants, this will enable Ryzen mini PC makers to make industry/ consumer-specific mini PCs. Many companies are in the mini PC business- ASROCK and ECS to name a few. I’ve reviewed one of ECS’ mini PCs a long time ago.
About the AMD Ryzen R1505G…
The AMD Ryzen R1505G is set for the multimedia purpose, based on ASROCK’s listing. It has an on-chip VEGA 3 graphics. This provides 4K output at 60Hz refresh rate. The processor is a 2-core/4-thread CPU clocked 2.4GHz/ 3.3 GHz with a TDP of 12-25 watts. This does support the triple display.
The other R series variant if the R1606G with the same specs but with 2.6 GHz/ 3.5 GHz clock speed. They’re all made for low-power and fanless design units. Despite its enterprise-level security provisions, it is hard to see R series as an enterprise-level only embedded CPU. These do provide H.265 encoding.
About the ASROCK 4X4 BOX-R1000V…
This announcement came with some units showcased by AMD. ASROCK showed off its 4X4 BOX-R1000V mini PC cube with R1505G embedded processor. Based on its IO options, it has one HDMI and two DisplayPorts. It provides support up to 32 GB DDR4, 3x USB 3.1 10Gbps, and 2x USB 2.0, 2 M.2 ports- 1 for Key M and another for E. It does come with 802.11 ac+ BT 4.2 WiFi M.2 pre-installed. The M.2 storage does have a heatspreader pre-installed. Its max support is 2260. It also provides 2x Realtek Gigabit LAN. For its wireless connectivity, it uses Intel AC 3168 Key-E M.2. No indication of its pricing or pre-order link is provided at the time of writing. There is an inquiry form
Other embedded variants
The rest of the embedded CPUs are towards signage displays, kiosks, etc available from few enterprise-level manufacturers. Early 2020 should show multiple variants of these mini PCs, and maybe even bring up more OEMs to sell these units.
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