As the number of Industrial IoT systems grows, so grows the number of endpoints connected, across a broadening array of markets and solutions. With smaller, more powerful and more economically feasible elements coming into view as we close out another record year in the world of connected machines, AMD has been developing an ecosystem around the availability of high-performance “Mini PCs” for industrial, media and enterprise applications.
The good news for those commercializing solutions and adopting them is that this ecosystem is open, making it possible for OEMs to create their own products, powered by AMD’s Ryzen Embedded V1000 and R1000 processors.
According to the company’s press release, ASRock Industrial, E.E.P.D., OnLogic and Simply NUC are the first OEMs to offer and sell these new Mini PC platforms, “giving customers an open and customizable platform based on high-performance CPU/GPU processor with expansive peripheral support, in-depth security features and a planned 10-year processor availability.”
“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.”
AMD’s ecosystem also includes software and platform companies who offer open software IoT and Industrial IoT (IIoT) technologies, including ClearBlade, AlphaInfo and Beechwoods Software.
“Frameworks, standards and open source ecosystems are essential to the sustainable success of connected systems that scale,” said Eric Simone, CEO, ClearBlade, a rapidly growing enterprise IoT edge computing software company. “We're honored to support the ecosystem of Mini PCs powered by AMD Ryzen Embedded processors, essential to design, engineer and support secure, real-time, scalable IoT solutions.”
Mini PCs powered by AMD Ryzen Embedded processors support a growing list of software partners with pre-validated packages based on open source software. These partners include Radeon Open Compute (ROCm), OpenCL, and more. As well, these Mini PCs can run software for machine vision, object detection, edge inference, and analytics from AMD software ecosystem partners, creating a platform that’s well suited for applications that require fast deployment.
“We’re excited to support this new ecosystem of Mini PCs powered by AMD Ryzen Embedded processors,” said Steven Chiang, CEO, AlphaInfo. “At Alphainfo our expertise with advanced data integration, mature software engineering and technology industry data analysis and management allows us to create innovative and robust application systems that suit every customers’ unique needs, whether it’s in an embedded application or a Mini PC providing compute power at the edge.”
Mike Daulerio, Vice President of Business Development, Beechwoods Software said, “Beechwoods is thrilled to be one of the partner companies supporting AMD's open ecosystem. Our IoT Edge Gateway software leverages the advanced compute capabilities of the Ryzen™ Embedded Processor family to enable smarter, more secure solutions with headroom for future proofing.”
The power of a device comes from its ease of use and scalability, which in turn depends on the ecosystem supporting it. These new Mini PCs, powered by AMD Ryzen Embedded, have access to an existing embedded processor ecosystem that supports open software standards, while providing OEMs the capability to create unique, customizable platforms.
The growing list of hardware partners creating Mini PCs powered by AMD Ryzen Embedded includes:
- ASRock Industrial and its 4X4 BOX – R1000V and 4X4 BOX – V1000M systems aims 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
“We saw the high-performance computing demands of home entertainment, business and industrial applications such as Digital Signage, Kiosks, and IoT Gateway,” said James Lee, President, ASRock Industrial. “By working with AMD, ASRock Industrial was able to deliver the 4x4 BOX-V1000M/R1000V, giving our customers new cost-effective and high-performance solutions.”
Christian Blersch, Managing Director, E.E.P.D: said, “With the new SBC PROVIVE NUCV and NUCR we have a reliable, energy-efficient Box-PC with state-of-the-art technology in our portfolio. These platforms meet the highest demands due to its power-optimized processors and the ultra-modern, highly efficient thermal concept. This ecosystem of Mini PCs powered by AMD Ryzen Embedded allows us to create products for our customers that are characterized by low integration costs, simple combination options with our USB-I/O-modules, and a high degree of functional safety and reliability.”
“Our clients come to us for reliable fully-sealed fanless, as well as actively-cooled, solutions that can operate anywhere,” said Johnny Chen, Partnerships Manager, OnLogic. “Helping them find the 'right-fit' computer has always been about more than just the form factor of the device. Today's AMD processors provide a very appealing mix of performance and price that, when combined with the proven reliability of our hardware platforms, create new application possibilities and give our customers a way to further customize their hardware solution for their particular project.”
Aaron Rowsell, CEO, Simply NUC said, “Simply NUC has excelled in making small form factor PCs for a while, but when we took a look at our product roadmap, we noticed a gap in providing our customers with high-performance, long life platforms. With the new Simply NUC Sequoia platform, we get to take the high-performance capabilities and planned longevity of the AMD Ryzen Embedded processors and combine that with the Simply NUC experience and create a minicomputer that’s small in size but not on toughness or reliability.”
The AMD Ryzen Embedded processors bring together AMD ‘Zen’ CPU and ‘Vega’ GPU architectures in a seamlessly integrated SoC solution for high-performance compute to support the modern computing needs of industrial, media, and enterprise applications.
The AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 and R1000 processors provide scalable solutions from 6 watts to 54 watts in a pin compatible package that powers high resolution, 4K multi-display configurability, high-performance 3D graphics all while enabling extended availability that alleviates replacement cycles and minimizes customer costs.
Arti Loftus is an experienced Information Technology specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the research, writing, and editing industry with many published articles under her belt.
Edited by Ken Briodagh