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AMD announce open-source Mini PCs powered by Ryzen Embedded processors

AMD has announced it will be deploying an open ecosystem to enable OEMs to create custom, high-performance Mini PCs powered by Ryzen Embedded V1000 and R1000 processors. The new ecosystem will deliver mini PCs for industrial, media and enterprise markets.

ASRock Industrial, EEPD, OnLogic and Simply NUC will be the first bunch of OEMs to build these new platforms and will provide customers with an open and customisable system, featuring high-performance CPU and GPU configurations, extensive peripheral support and enhanced security features with a 10-year processor availability plan.

AMD Ryzen Embedded processors combine AMD “Zen” and “Vega” architectures in an integrated CPU/GPU SoC solution, providing high-performance compute to support the needs of modern industrial, media and enterprise applications. V1000 and R1000 Embedded processors provide scalable solutions to power high resolution. 4K multi-display configurations and high-performance 3D graphics with extended availability, meaning replacement cycles are improved to reduce customer costs.

Mini PCs powered by AMD Ryzen Embedded processors include:

  • ASRock Industrial and its 4X4 BOX – R1000V and 4X4 BOX – V1000M systems aim to deliver cost-effective, high-performance and versatile embedded Mini PCs for home entertainment, business and industrial applications.
  • EEPD with the SBC PROFIVE® NUCV and SBC PROFIVE® NUCR embedded Mini PC product family which is characterized by high-performance computing requiring minimal space
  • OnLogic and the ML100G-40 and MC510-40. These are the first two systems in a line of AMD powered small form-factor computers that leverage the reliability and lifecycle benefits of OnLogic’s expertise in building industrial and rugged devices.
  • Simply NUC with the Sequoia V8 and Sequoia V6, which are rugged, long-lasting units to power digital signage displays, electronic kiosks, data arrays, and other free-standing utilities

“The demand for high-performance computing isn’t limited to servers or desktop PCs. Embedded customers want access to small form factor PCs that can support open software standards, demanding workloads at the edge, and even display 4K content, all with embedded processors that have a planned availability of 10 years,” said Rajneesh Gaur, corporate vice president and general manager, Embedded Solutions, AMD. “This is why many of our technology partners have chosen AMD Ryzen Embedded processors to power their Mini PCs. We are excited to work together and provide the industry with a new open ecosystem for small form factor computing.”

The software support list for AMD Ryzen Embedded processors is growing, with partners such as Radeon Open Compute and OpenCL offering pre-validated packages based on open-source software. Additionally, these new Mini PCs are able to run software for machine vision, object detection, edge inference and analytics from AMD software ecosystem partners, to provide platforms suited to fast deployment applications.

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KitGuru says: It seems like the Mini PC or NUC market is becoming another sector where AMD plans to catch some market share from Intel. What do you guys think to this announcement from AMD and its OEM partners?

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