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New AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 CPUs Enable Fanless PCs

'We are now offering access to high performance in power-efficient solutions with these new low-power Ryzen Embedded R1000 processors,' an AMD executive says of the new processors that can be used for fanless industrial PCs.

AMD is releasing two new Ryzen Embedded R1000 processors that will enable partners to build low-power, fanless computer systems as the chipmaker grows its ecosystem of mini PCs.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company unveiled the Ryzen Embedded R1102G and Ryzen Embedded R1305G Tuesday, touting the processors' ability to provide high performance within low-power envelopes ranging from 6 to 10 watts that can help reduce system costs. The new processors will be available to order by the end of March.

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The two new processors were unveiled as AMD expands its ecosystem of partners building and enabling AMD-based mini PCs. Those partners include Kontron and Simply NUC, both of which are supporting the new processors with the D3713 mITX motherboard and Red Oak mini PC, respectively.

"AMD is ushering in a new age of high-performance computing for the embedded industry," Rajneesh Gaur, corporate vice president and general manager of embedded solutions at AMD, said in a statement. "We are doing this with cutting-edge technology to display immersive graphics in 4K resolution with AMD Ryzen Embedded processors, and we are now offering access to high performance in power-efficient solutions with these new low-power Ryzen Embedded R1000 processors."

The Ryzen Embedded R1305G supports a thermal design power, or TDP, of 8 to 10 watts and comes with two cores, four threads, a base frequency of 1.5GHz, a boost frequency of up to 2.8GHz, three GPU compute units and a max GPU frequency of 1GHz. The R1102G supports a 6-watt TDP and comes with two cores, two threads, a 1.2GHz base frequency, a boost frequency of up to 2.6GHz, three GPU compute units and a max GPU frequency of 1GHz.

The two new Ryzen Embedded processors are an expansion of AMD's Ryzen Embedded R1000 processor line that first launched in April 2019. Based on AMD's 14nm Zen CPU architecture and Radeon "Vega" GPU architecture, the R1305G and R1102G represent a significant reduction in power consumption over the existing R1606G and R1505G, both of which have a TDP of 12 to 25 watts.

With the new processors' low TDP, according to AMD, partners will be able to create fanless PCs, "opening new markets that can leverage the high-performance Ryzen embedded processors."

Johnny Chen, partnerships manager at OnLogic, a South Burlington, Vt.-based industrial PC builder, previously told CRN that fanless systems are more reliable than regular desktops, especially in industrial environments, because there are no moving parts that can be jammed up by dust and other particles.

Prior to the launch of the new Ryzen Embedded R1000 processors, OnLogic unveiled plans to release a fanless AMD mini PC that runs on the Ryzen Embedded R1505G or V1605B, which is available now.

"They're designed to run 24/7, so IT doesn’t have to worry about downtime," Chen said in December.

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