This is one of the bigger letdowns of the week. For Embedded World, AMD has a new part. This is not the re-kindling of a Xeon D competitor, and we are still not sure what and why these parts are being named and launched as they are. Still, we decided to cover that there is a new AMD EPYC 9004 series.
AMD EPYC Embedded 9004 Series Launched
If you want to learn more about the AMD EPYC 9004 “Genoa”, you can see our in-depth coverage here: AMD EPYC Genoa Gaps Intel Xeon in Stunning Fashion. We also have a video for that piece:
The AMD EPYC Embedded 9004 series seems to be the same AMD EPYC 9004 “Genoa” part with a few new features.
That list seems a bit thin. For example:
- “Driver support to enable Windows Server and Linux applications” as an Embedded Specific Feature feels odd since the AMD EPYC 9004 “Genoa” supports Linux and Windows.
- NTB or Non-transparent bridging support is often used in places such as with HA storage arrays.
- NVDIMM support is something that we have seen in mainstream server processors for some time, so it is strange why it would be an Embedded Specific Feature
- Dual SPI makes sense in this market
Still, it feels like this is a fairly minimal set of differentiating features. Here is the SKU stack:
One will quickly notice that the model numbers resemble what we have seen before. The AMD EPYC 9654 can be seen on the cover of the Genoa video above, but the AMD EPYC Embedded 9654 also has 96 cores but is a different family.
One difference, however, that is more unique is the lifetime of SKUs. The new parts are targeted to be available for seven years.
Our sense is perhaps that AMD has new longer availability OPNs so that an embedded customer can build an embedded system with longer product lifecycles and that was perhaps the big driver of this offshoot line. After making that decision, it seems like AMD is trying to force a bit more segmentation.
On the other hand, for the embedded market, especially those applications with higher power and thermal headroom levels, the AMD EPYC 9004 “Genoa” is a strong part so this is the case where a new set of per-socket performance capabilities and features will be available to a new market.