AMD Ryzen Embedded R2000 targets thin clients, IoT devices • The Register

Enclosed world AMD is launching a new generation of Ryzen chips for embedded apps that promise more CPU cores, improved built-in graphics, and expanded I/O connectivity to power kits such as IoT devices and thin clients.

Crucially, AMD plans to make the R2000 series available for up to 10 years, providing OEM customers with a long lifecycle roadmap. This is an important aspect for components in embedded systems, which may run longer in situ than the typical three to five year lifecycle of business laptops and servers.

The Ryzen Embedded R2000 Series is AMD’s second-generation mid-range system-on-chip (SoC) processors that combine CPU cores and Radeon graphics and target a range of embedded systems such as industrial and robotic hardware, machine vision, IoT, and thin client devices. The first, R1000, came out in 2019.

The R2000s rolled out today on the Embedded World 2022 conference in Nuremberg, Germany, featuring the SoCs with up to four “Zen+” CPU cores and up to eight Radeon Graphics Computing Units (CUs). This compares to two Zen cores and three compute units in the previous R1000 family. Zen+ is the same core design as Zen, but manufactured with a 12nm process to deliver faster clock speeds and improved power consumption.

Because of these improvements, AMD claims that the R2000 series has up to 81 percent higher CPU and graphics performance than the R1000 series chips.

Rajneesh Gaur, AMD’s corporate VP for its Adaptive & Embedded Computing Group, said the new chips are likely to find their way into mini PCs and embedded applications such as thin clients.

“The Embedded R2000 Series offers system designers more performance, optimized power and better graphics, all with a seamless upgrade path,” he added.

The chips in production now are 4 core / 4 thread and 2 core / 4 thread versions, with a few 4 core / 8 thread versions due to be available in October.

With its embedded graphics, the new SoC family can drive up to four independent displays with resolutions up to 4K, via HDMI 2.0b, DisplayPort 1.4 or Embedded DisplayPort (eDP) 1.3 interfaces.

Extensive I/O capabilities include 6 rows of PCIe Gen3, a pair of SATA 3.0 ports, and 6 USB ports (a mix of USB 3.2 Gen2 and 2.0). A notable absence, however, is the lack of an Ethernet port. Operating system support includes Windows 10 and 11, plus Ubuntu Linux LTS.

For security reasons, the R2000 Series includes AMD’s integrated Secure Processor, which provides security features such as validating code before it is allowed to run, and the Memory Guard feature, which protects data in memory by encrypting it – which is transparent to applications. ®

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