Depending on who you are, this announcement is going to feel very exciting, or a step backward. The new AMD Ryzen Embedded 5000 series or 5000E series is the company’s 7nm Zen 3 solution for the embedded space. While that may seem like specs from Q4 2020 instead of Q2 2023, we have an explanation. Let us get to that with the specs of the new series.
AMD Ryzen Embedded 5000 Series Launched
The new series is comprised of four new parts with the common naming 5xx0E. Each supports dual-channel DDR4-3200 ECC memory, 24 lanes of PCIe Gen4, and other features like socket AM4 support stemming from an AMD Ryzen 5000 series base. Here is the basic SKU table:
|Model||Cores||Threads||Base Freq (GHz)||Boost Freq (GHz)||L3 Cache (MB)||TDP (W)|
An important note is that the AMD Ryzen 5800E has a configurable TDP of 65W to 100W allowing this SKU to operate at either level common in the family.
The obvious question many STH readers will have is that now that the AMD Ryzen 7000 series has been out for some time with features like PCIe Gen5 and Zen 4, why is AMD launching this series? The answer seems to be that AMD is transitioning its Zen 3 designs to a longer lifecycle SKUs. The new AMD Ryzen Embedded 5000 series SKUs have 5 years of planned manufacturing availability. This is similar to the AMD EPYC Embedded 9004 Series where the main point of differentiation is the lifecycle of the SKUs.
We understand the desire by AMD to have something between the AMD Ryzen Embedded V3000 series and the EPYC 7000/ 9000 series. These SKUs likely fill that gap. At the same time, it feels a bit strange that AMD is re-launching its Ryzen SKUs for the embedded market ten quarters after the desktop launch with the same cores, DDR4 memory, and PCIe Gen4 connectivity. Hopefully, in the future, the embedded launches can happen closer to the desktop Ryzen launch. We have already seen devices like this AMD Ryzen 4x 2.5GbE Firewall/ Router/ virtualization host that should have been on an embedded Ryzen line.
It still would be interesting to see how they benchmark compared to Xeon-D comparable parts. The clock speed/core counts seem more in line with XeonD than the EPYC Embedded 9004 series. Any idea how many PCIe lanes these parts will have?
“Each supports dual-channel DDR4-3200 ECC memory, 24 lanes of PCIe Gen4, and other features like socket AM4 support stemming from an AMD Ryzen 5000 series base.”
Official ECC support with longevity could help the x570d4i-2t-amd-ryzen-server-in-mitx a lot IMHO.
Interesting that AMD is still doing AM4 chips this far out. I would have thought that everything had been transitioned to socket AM5 by now. But I guess there’s still lots of demand for the less powerful (relatively speaking) socket AM4 chips in the embedded space.
Its probably because Zen 3 is cheap to make now and DDR4 is very cheap as well.
And the lower associated costs of the motherboards.