AMD's latest Ryzen runs on congatec's COM Express Type 6 board


The built-in Ryzen V2000 processor is the basis. According to congatec, it doubles the performance per watt and has twice as many CPU cores as previous COM Express boards, but the Type 6 format is 76% in size, but at 100% it's compatible with previous form factors.

Graphics with up to 7 GPUs. computing units. According to the company, the 7nm Zen 2 cores in the processors provide a performance increase per watt, and the architecture optimization also adds approximately 15% more instructions per clock.

The processors have up to eight cores and 16 threads on a single BGA and are designed to digitize and parallelize edge analytics, part of the company's drive to edge computing. They can also be used for workload balancing and consolidation using virtual machines based on the company's real-time RTS hypervisor implementations. They are also intended for embedded applications such as industrial box PCs and thin clients, conventional embedded computing systems, as well as intelligent robotics, e-mobility and autonomous vehicles where deep learning is used for situational awareness.

8-16 threads in COM based on the Ryzen Embedded V2748 and V2718 processors allow embedded system designs at the edge to perform twice as many tasks with given TDP ranges, explained Martin Danzer, director of product management at congatec. (The other two modules have 6-12 threads per core.) He added that the integrated graphics performance provides quality 3D graphics on four independent 4k60 displays.

Four boards (based on AMD Ryzen Embedded V2748, V2718, V2546 and V2516 processors) have a TDP class of 54 W to 10 W for energy-efficient operation. COMs operate from 1.7 to 3 GHz depending on the model.

The modules have 4 MB of L2 cache, 8 MB of L3 cache and up to 32 GB of energy-efficient and fast dual-channel 64-bit DDR4 memory with up to 3200 MT/s support and ECC for data security. They also include an integrated AMD Radeon graphics card with up to seven compute units for high-performance graphics computing.

COM supports up to four independent displays with up to 4k60 UHD resolution via three DisplayPort 1.4/HDMI 2.1 and one LVDS/eDP. Other interfaces include PEG 3.0, PCIe Gen 3 lanes, USB 3.1 Gen 2, USB 2.0, up to two SATA Gen 3, one Gbit Ethernet, eight GPOI I/O, SPI, LPC and two legacy UARTs.

<p>Supported hypervisors and OSes include RTS Hypervisor, Microsoft Windows 10, Linux/Yocto, Android Q, and Wind River VxWorks. For security-critical applications, AMD's integrated secure processor helps with hardware acceleration of RSA, SHA and AES encryption and decryption, the company said. TPM support is also included.



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