AMD is having something of a renaissance at the moment, with the company’s new Zen CPU architecture offering a huge performance bump over its predecessor and AMD’s Vega graphics technology giving the chip maker an edge over Intel in the integrated graphics space.

So far AMD has released a number of Ryzen chips based on Zen architecture for desktops and laptops. So what’s next? Embedded systems.

It’s been almost a year since details about AMD’s upcoming “Great Horned Owl” R-series chip for embedded systems first leaked. Now there are a few signs suggesting that they’re almost ready to launch… and that it’s likely AMD will show the first Great Horned Owl processor at Embedded World later this month.

For example, Advantech’s website now mentions a new system-on-a-module (SoM) called the SOM-5871 featuring a previously unannounced AMD V1000 System on a Chip (SoC).

Meanwhile details about other a few other Ryzen V1000-powered modules have beenmaking the rounds recently.

In both cases what we appear to be looking at is an SoC with AMD Zen CPU cores, support for up to 32GB of DDR4-2400 or DDR4-3200 memory, and a 1.5 GHz GPU with 11 compute units and native support for H.265 encoding and decoding, among other things.

Adventech’s data sheet also says the company’s SoM will support dual-core, quad-core, or octa-core chips with TDPs ranging from 12 watts to 54 watts, so it’s possible that we’ll see a series of Great Horned Owl chips and not just a single variant of the AMD V1000 processor.

All told, it sounds like AMD will be bringing some of the key features of its Ryzen Mobile (laptop-class) chips to embedded systems, including Zen CPU cores and Radeon Vega graphics. But with TDPs as low as 12 watts, this could be a lower-power alternative to Ryzen Mobile.

Basically the new R-Series chips could be AMD’s answer to Intel’s embedded Celeron and Pentium “Gemini Lake” processors. And if that’s the case, I wouldn’t be surprised to see AMD offer higher performance-per-watt, at least when it comes to graphics.

Maybe this’ll be the chip that ends up in the Smach Z handheld gaming PC if it ever managers to ship?

We probably don’t have long to wait for an answer. Smach plans to show off the latest prototype at Embedded World starting February 27th.

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9 replies on “Leak: AMD V1000 “Great Horned Owl” to bring Ryzen to embedded systems”

  1. Gee, AMD is actually doing stuff these days. Perhaps it’s time for an Intel buy-out before serious competition rears its head?

  2. Please stop posting about this scam. Do your research, this is incredibly irresponsible.

      1. Is Smach Z obsessed with embedded SoCs? Merlin Falcon was an embedded SoC. These are were not meant for mobile devices, but rather for running 24/7 type of tasks. Why can’t they use the usual laptop SoCs like Bristol Ridge or recently launched Ryzen mobile? Perhaps due to price differences? Does laptop SoCs cost more? Also which embedded SoC is Smach Z actually waiting for? Great Horned Owl or Banded Kestrel? Weird decisions.

  3. I hope AMD provides open source drivers for Linux this time. AMD/ATI graphics are problematic with Linux on older systems.

  4. Since these are not meant for the mobile sector, then can summarize that low power states, sleep and power saving modes are not present on these processors? Sounds like battery life is going to be terribly short on the Smachz, if it ever gets made.

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