Although not a very novel product, AMD Ryzen Embedded APU is appreciated by more and more PC manufacturers. This week, the company announced that four more manufacturers are offering ultra-compact (UCFF) PCs based on Ryzen’s embedded APU solution. Asrock, EEPD, OnLogic and SimplyNUC have launched segments covering applications from home entertainment and business and industrial applications.
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First introduced as Asrock’s 4X4 BOX R1000V UCFF PC, which was unveiled earlier this year and offers the option of a dual-core R1505G and a dual-core R1606G APU (both with the Radeon Vega 3 core), it is finally on the market.
The UCFF host offers two SO-DIMM memory slots (up to 32GB DDR4-2400), one M.2-2260 slot (supporting SATA or PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD), and two Swiss RTL811G Ethernet controllers.
There’s also an Intel Wireless-AC 3168 wireless card, three USB 3.0 plus two USB 3.0 ports, dual DisplayPort plus single HDMI video output, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
As a chip specifically designed for embedded applications, AMD Ryzen R-Series processors support 24/7 use, so as the Asrock 4X4 Box-R1000M and 4X4 Box-R1000V models also feature applications such as digital signage and kiosks.
At the same time, the three-display output features make the AMR-based Ryzen embedded chip system a good office solution. Of course, the system can also be adapted to non-extreme industrial applications (rated operating temperature of 40 degrees C).
The Asrock 4X4 Box-R1000M and 4X4 Box-R1000V quasi-systems are currently available online for $309.99 / $409.99 (2185 / 2890 RMB) respectively.
This was followed by EEPD’s ProFive NUCR and AMD R1000, which feature diCORE Embedded R1505G / 1606G APU, respectively. The board size is 101.6 x 101.6 mm and is designed for industrial-grade embedded systems or NUC-style custom chassis.
It’s worth noting that EEPD’s ProFive NUCR and AMD’s Ryzen Embedded R1000 Series APU, which supports a temperature range of 0 to 60 degrees C, and a relative humidity (no condensation) of up to 95% to 40 degrees C, are suitable for a wide range of applications.
The single board offers two SO-DIMM memory slots, three M.2 slots for SSD or Wi-Fi modules (Type B, Type E, M), one SATA interface, two Gigabit Ethernet, and dual DisplayPort video output.
There are also USB 3.1 Gen 1 connectors, microSD readers, RS-232 and RS-232 / 485 ports, and GPIO pins. In addition to embedded, commercial and industrial applications, EEPD also wants the product to be used in in-vehicle and mobile robotics platforms.
EEPD does not disclose the price of its ProFive NUCR SBC, but it is clearly based on different configurations.
The third product is the MC510-40 AMD Ryzen Mini-ITX host from OnLogic. It features a four-core Ryzen Embedded V1605B APU, integrated with Vega 8 core display, for applications such as common graphics, embedded, and even home entertainment.
It also features a stylish aluminum steel chassis that can accommodate up to 32GB of DDR4 memory, an M.2 2280 SSD plus 2.5-inch drive bit. On the connection side, it supports 4G plus Wi-Fi, as well as two Gigabit Ethernet interfaces.
There are four displayPort 1.3 video outputs, four USB 3.1 plus two USB 2.0 ports, two RS-232s, and audio connectors. The biggest difference from the competition is the extended support for the mPCIe slot.
The machine is now certified to operate in temperatures of 0 to 50 degrees C, suitable for home, business, office, kiosks, and certain industrial applications. Since the APU requires active cooling, it may not be suitable for operating environments where the temperature is too high.
OnLogic is currently selling the MC510-40 quasi-system for 656.95 euros (including a tax price of 794.91 euros), but the full configuration will certainly sell for a higher price. (approximated 5130 / 6208 RMB)
Finally, the Sequoia UCFF PC from SimpleNUC features amd quadrutore embedded APU, as well as a rugged NUC small chassis that can withstand temperatures of up to 60 degrees C and a relative humidity of 95%.
Manufacturers say they are suitable for applications such as edge data analysis, electronic kiosks, and digital signage. Unlike the competition, the company offers a pre-configured system and supports customer advanced customization.
For example, the entry-level Sequoia v6 model offers AMD quad-core Ryzen V1605B APU and 4GB RAM plus 128GB SSD, while the higher-end Sequoia v8 model uses quad-core V1807B APU and 4GB RAM plus 128G B SSD.
On the connectivity side, Simply NUC offers Wi-Fi 5 plus Bluetooth 5 (optional 4G/LTE), dual Gigabit Ethernet (Intel i210-LM network card), dual mini-Displayport video output, RS-232 / RS-485 serial port, plus multiple USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports and microSD readers.
Finally, the default SimpleNUC Sequoia v6 model is priced at 445 pounds (4112 RMB) and the Sequoia v8 model is 560 pounds (5175 RMB).