At the Embedded World 2023 trade show, AMD unveiled its latest EPYC Embedded 9004-series processors, which feature its Zen 4 microarchitecture. The new CPUs are designed for storage, networking, firewall/security, and industrial applications and have up to 96 cores.
AMD EPYC Embedded 9004-series processors are available in ten models with 16, 24, 32, 48, 64, and 96 Zen 4 cores operating at max frequencies of 3.70-4.15 GHz and nominal thermal design power ranging from 200W to 360W. Because these CPUs are designed for always-on applications, AMD uses the best silicon and rigorously tests them to ensure long-term reliability.
Embedded machines for storage, edge, and industrial applications have traditionally not required CPUs with extreme performance comparable to server CPUs. However, modern workloads, such as software defined networking, security, and advanced storage systems (particularly all-flash arrays), place high demands on compute performance and input/output capabilities. Due to increased demand, AMD’s EPYC Embedded 9004-series CPUs are expected to become very popular among embedded machine manufacturers and users.
EPYC Embedded 9004-series CPUs add support for NVDIMMs, non-transparent bridging (NTB) to enable data exchange between two redundant CPUs, and two SPI interfaces to off-chip ROMs for secure boot to AMD’s regular EPYC 9004-series processors.
AMD EPYC Embedded 9004 Series processors support enterprise-grade reliability and are targeted for heavy workload, ‘always-on’ embedded systems requiring exceptional compute performance and I/O agility in a power-optimized profile,” said Rajneesh Gaur, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD Embedded Solutions Group. “We’re bringing the power of data center-level computing to embedded networking, security, storage, and industrial applications with the release of the EPYC Embedded 9004 Series processors.