congatec doubles COM performance with AMD Ryzen Embedded V2000 

Embedded and edge computing supplier, congatec, has based the conga-TCV2 COM Express compact computer-on-module on AMD’s Ryzen Embedded V2000 processors.

The 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 increase performance by 97 per cent (V2516) to 140 per cent (V2718) with up to eight cores. The new 7nm Zen 2 cores also increase single core performance between 25 and 35 per cent. As a result, the conga-TCV2 COM Express modules are suitable for fanless embedded edge systems or those which require constant connectivity. Typical use examples are multi-functional industrial edge gateways, digital signage systems, gaming terminals and infotainment platforms.

Capabilities such as up to 40 per cent more graphics processing for up to four 4k60 graphics at 15W and comprehensive general purpose GPU support, also make them suitable for multi-headed medical imaging systems in operating theatres as well as machine vision and machine learning systems.

“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,” said Martin Danzer, congatec’s director of product management. “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 . . .  and the Zen 2 x86 CPU and the AMD Radeon graphics cores offer extraordinary scores in this area,” he continued.

The AMD Ryzen Embedded V2000 processor based Computer-on-Modules, which can be configured down to as low as 10W cTDP for solar powered stationary, mobile and autonomous systems. The longer the operation time without recharging, the lower the TPD. Competing 10W TDP platforms with four cores offer only half the core count, and other 15W TPD platforms may also have just 4 cores but without the ability to scale down the TPD, which limits the platform balancing options. The AMD Ryzen V2000 Embedded processors, said congatec, offer a broad performance range from 10 to 54W on the basis of this single processor architecture.

The four conga-TCV2 COM Express Compact modules with Type 6 pinout – the V2748, V2718, V2546 and V2516, are based on the latest AMD Ryzen Embedded V2000 multi-core processors.

In addition to double the compute performance per watt and double the core count of previous generations, they also have symmetrical multiprocessing capabilities, to provide high parallel processing performance with up to 16 threads.

The modules feature 4Mbyte L2 cache, 8Mbyte L3 cache, and up to 32Gbyte 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. Other 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, eight general purpose I/Os, SPI, LPC, as well as two legacy UART ports.

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 on-board as well.

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