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Doubled performance with Ryzen Embedded V2000 processor

5th March 2021
Alex Lynn

congatec has introduced the conga-TCV2, a COM Express Compact Computer-on-Module based on AMD Ryzen Embedded V2000 processors. With double the performance compared to the earlier launched AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000, the module has good performance per watt, and finds its sweetest spot in 15W TDP designs.

This low power platform performance has been validated using real-world cross-platform test suite Cinebench R15 nt. Compared to modules with AMD Ryzen Embedded V1608B processors, conga-TCV2 modules deliver a performance plus of 97% (V2516) to 140% (V2718) with up to eight cores. Due to the new 7nm Zen two cores, single core performance also increased between 25% and 35%, making the new modules a candidate for performance improvements in 24/7 connected and fanless embedded systems operating at the various industrial edges.

Typical applications include multi-functional industrial edge gateways, digital signage systems, gaming terminals and infotainment platforms. With up to 40% more GPU capabilities for up to four times 4k60 graphics at 15W and comprehensive GPGPU support, multi-headed medical imaging systems in the operating theater as well machine vision and machine learning systems are further target markets.

“While the new AMD Ryzen Embedded V2000 processor enhancements can be utilised in actively cooled systems with 54W TDP, we see a significant number of customers with fanless and passively cooled systems operating at 15W TDP or even lower. The goal to operate under such tight constraints is to enable highly rugged, sealed systems for reliable 24/7 operation in harsh environments. In those applications performance per watt improvements are welcomed with open arms, and the Zen 2 x86 CPU and the AMD Radeon graphics cores offer extraordinary scores in this area,” explained Martin Danzer, Director of Product Management at congatec.

Next to stationary equipment, solar powered stationary, mobile and autonomous systems also welcome the low power values of the new AMD Ryzen Embedded V2000 processor based Computer-on-Modules, which can be configured down to as low as ten watt cTDP. This is significant because the productive operation time without re-charging extends the lower the TPD is.

Competing ten watt TDP platforms with four cores reportedly offer only half the core count, which puts them into an entirely different, significantly weaker performance league. Other 15W TPD platforms also have just four cores but without the ability to scale down the TPD, which limits the platform balancing options. The AMD Ryzen V2000 Embedded processors, on the other hand, offer an ultra broad performance range from ten up to 54W on the basis of this single processor architecture.

The new conga-TCV2 high-performance COM Express Compact modules with Type 6 pinout are based on the latest AMD Ryzen Embedded V2000 multi-core processors and will become available in four different versions.

These modules offer up to double the compute performance per watt and double the core count over previous generations. Thanks to symmetrical multiprocessing capabilities, they also provide particularly high parallel processing performance with up to 16 threads. The modules feature 4MB L2 cache, 8MB L3 cache, and up to 32GB energy-efficient and fast dual-channel 64-bit DDR4 memory with up to 3200 MT/s and ECC support for maximum data security. The integrated AMD Radeon graphics with up to seven compute units continues to support applications and use cases that need high-performance graphics computing.

The conga-TCV2 Computer-on-Module supports up to four independent displays with up to 4k60 UHD resolution over three DisplayPort 1.4/HDMI 2.1 and one LVDS/eDP. Further performance-oriented interfaces include one PEG 3.0 x8 and eight PCIe Gen 3 Lanes, four USB 3.1, up to eight USB 2.0, up to two SATA Gen 3, one Gbit Ethernet, 8 GPOIs I/Os, SPI, LPC, as well as two legacy UART provided by the board controller.

The supported hypervisor and operating systems include RTS Hypervisor as well as Microsoft Windows 10, Linux/Yocto, Android Q and Wind River VxWorks. For safety-critical applications, the integrated AMD Secure Processor helps with hardware-accelerated encryption and decryption of RSA, SHA and AES. TPM support is onboard as well.

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