AMD Athlon 300U powered AM02 Mini PC goes for $240 and up

AM02 mini PC

It’s not that easy to find a relatively low-cost AMD mini PC, and there are more choices on Intel’s side.  Most models around $250-$300 are barebone without memory or storage, but AM02 mini PC may be an interesting option as the AMD Athlon 300U powered computer sells for about $240 plus shipping with 8GB RAM and a 128GB SSD, which looks to be an even better option than the Maxtang MTN-FP50 mini PC we reported on last June. All AM02 models ship with Windows 10 by default, but you may be able to ask the seller to install Linux instead (TBC), and support up to 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD. Note that the seller apparently made a mistake with the 16GB/256GB model, as it is sold for just $232.89, instead of $332.89. It might still be worth a try 🙂 AM02 specifications: SoC – AMD Athlon 300U dual-core/quad-thread processor @ […]

Ryzen Embedded V1807B AI Edge PC supports dual-slot graphics cards

Vecow MG1000 AI Edge Computer dual-slot graphics card

Many AI edge computers come with dedicated AI accelerators from Intel, Google, Gyrfalcon, and others. But as we’ve seen with Cincoze GM-1000 embedded mini PC, some include support for more traditional GPUs, in this case, an NVIDIA Quadro Embedded P2000 MXM module. Ryzen Embedded V1807B powered Vecow MIG-1000 AI edge PC is another such solution with up to 64GB DDR4, four DisplayPort outputs, and a PCIe x16 slot for dual-slot graphics cards from Nvidia or AMD for AI processing performance and/or extra video outputs. Vecow MIG-1000 specifications: SoC – AMD Ryzen Embedded V1807B quad-core processor with Radeon Vega 11 graphics; 35-54W TDP System Memory – 2x DDR4 3200MHz SO-DIMM, up to 64GB Storage – 1x SATA-III port, 1x M.2 Key M socket (2280, PCIe x4) for NVMe SSDs Video Output – 4x DisplayPort up to 4096 x 2160 @ 60Hz Audio Realtek ALC662, 5.1 Channel HD Audio codec 1x Mic-in, […]

Year 2020 in review – Top ten posts and stats

CNX Software Year 2021

It’s this time of the year when we look back at what happened, and what may be next. 2020 did not pan out as planned in more ways than one, but there were still some interesting developments. Based on 2019 announcements, 2020 was promising to be an exciting year for Amlogic and Rockchip with the expected launch of RK3588 and S908X high-end processors for 8K capable devices,  but we’ll have to wait for 2021 for this to happen. Instead, the most interesting processor of the year from the Allwinner, Amlogic, and Rockchip offerings was probably Amlogic S905X4 processing adding AV1 hardware decoding. As pointed out in our “RISC-V 2020 highlights” post, it was a fairly eventful year for RISC-V architecture, although there’s still a long road ahead, especially for application processors. We had seen some general-purpose and Bluetooth RISC-V MCUs in 2019, but 2020 saw the launch of the first […]

AMD Launches Chromebook-Optimized Ryzen and Athlon 3000 C-Series Mobile Processors

AMD ChromeBook Athlon & Ryzen Processors

After unveiling Athlon 3000-series of 15W mobile processors earlier this year, AMD has now announced Chromebook-optimized mobile processors with AMD Ryzen and Athlon 3000 C-Series family. Designed in collaboration with Google, the new AMD mobile “Zen” processors deliver up to 178% faster web browsing and 212% better performance for multitasking and content creation compare to the previous generation AMD A6-9220C powered Chromebooks. There are currently five 15W Ryzen/Athlon 3000 C-Series processors for Chromebooks. All processors are manufactured with a 12nm CMOS processor and look to be based on existing AMD U-series processors namely AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, 5 3500U, Ryzen 3 3250U, Athlon Gold 3150U, and Athlon Silver 3050U. All basic parameters are the same on AMD Chromebook-optimized processors, and it’s unclear to me what the differences are exactly. AMD also reported other performance metrics around with AMD Ryzen 7 3700C Mobile Processor offering up to 251% better graphics performance, […]

6W AMD 3015e Dual-Core “Zen” Processor Shows Up in Lenovo Laptops

6W AMD 3015e Mobile Processor

While AMD has done a good job with their Ryzen processors based on Zen architecture, the company did not provide alternatives to low-cost, low-power  Intel Gemini Lake processors with the closest equivalent being the 15W AMD Athlon 3000-series processors. But this may be about to change, as Lenovo has now unveiled two new education laptops, namely Lenovo 100e 2nd gen and Lenovo 300e 2nd gen, powered by a previously-unannounced 6W AMD 3015e processor, and expected to become available in September 2020 for $219 and up. AMD 3015e key features and specifications: CPU – 2x cores, 4x threads @ 1.2 GHz / 2.3 GHz (Boost) GPU – Vega 3 Graphics @ 600 MHz Cache – 1MB L2 cache, 4MB L3 cache Memory I/F – Single-channel DDR4 up to 1,600 MHz Video – HDMI and DisplayPort Peripheral Interfaces – PCIe 3.0 TDP – 6W Process – 14nm Based on the product page, […]

AMD Ryzen C7, an Arm Cortex-X1/A78/A55 Processor with MediaTek 5G Modem? (Leak)

AMD Ryzen-C7 Arm Cortex-X1 A78

Arm just announced Cortex-A78 and Cortex-X1 CPU cores last week, and we should expect several silicon vendors to announce new SoCs based on the new cores by the end of the year.  But AMD? Yes, according to a now-deleted leak from Slashleaks that lives on Twitter. AMD Ryzen C7 mobile processor would come with two Cortex-X1 based Gaugin_Pro mobile cores, two Cortex-A78 based Gaugin_Mobile cores, and four Cortex-A55 cores, AMD Radeon RDNA 2 mobile GPU, and somehow a MediaTek 5G UltraSave modem joined the party… AMD Ryzen C7 specifications: CPU 2x Gaugin_Pro Mobile Core @ 3.0 GHz (Cortex-X1 based) 2x Gaugin_Mobile Core @ 2.6 GHz (Cortex-A78 based) 4x Arm Cortex-A55 clocked @ 2.0 GHz GPU – AMD Radeon RDNA 2 Mobile with 4x compute units @ 700 Mhz that claims to be 45% faster than Adreno 650 GPU found in Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, and supports real-time hardware ray-tracing and […]

AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 Processors Launched for Ultra-thin Business Laptops

AMD Ryzen 4000 PRO

AMD announced 15W to 45W mobile processors at CES 2020 with AMD Ryzen 4000-U series processors designed for ultra-thin laptops.  The company has now unveiled AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 series mobile processors for business customers requiring features usually found in Intel vPro processor with AMD PRO Technologies including improved security, manageability, reliability, and longevity with at least 24-months of planned availability. Three AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 processors have been launched all with 15W TDP (configurable between 10W and 25W): AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U octa-core/16-thread processor @ 1.7 GHz / 4.1 GHz (Turbo single core) with 7 Radeon GPU cores, 12MB L2/L3 cache AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 4650U hexa-core/12-thread processor @ 2.1 GHz / 4.0 GHz with 6 Radeon GPU cores, 11 MB L2/L3 cache AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 4450U quad-core/octa-thread processor @ 2.5 GHz / 3.7 GHz with 5 Radeon GPU cores, 6MB L2/L3 cache The processors are also […]

AMD Goes Low Power with 6W Ryzen Embedded R1102G & 10W Ryzen Embedded R1305G Processors

AMD Ryzen R1305G Motherboard

If you’d like a relatively low cost (~$200) mini PC featuring a recent processor with a TDP less than 10W your only options up to this point were models with Intel Cherry Trail, Apollo Lake or Gemini Lake processors. AMD launched some 12W-25W processors with Ryzen Embedded V1000 series and Ryzen Embedded R1000 series for embedded systems over the course of the last two years. But the company is now providing lower cost and lower power versions of their Embedded R1000 family with Ryzen Embedded R1102G and Ryzen Embedded R1305G processors with a TDP of respectively 6W and 10W. Ryzen Embedded R1102G & R1305G Key Specs The new processors have many the same features as the previous R1505G & R1606G models but at a lower TDP and performance (frequencies): Ryzen Embedded R1102G – 2-core/2-thread @ 1.2 GHz / 2.6 GHz (Turbo); 3x CU Radeon Vega 3 graphics cores @ 1.0 […]