AMD Radeon Embedded E9170 chips are eager to work

There's a lot of call for graphics processing nowadays in almost every industry. To serve the market of single-purpose machines, AMD just announced the Radeon Embedded E9170 series of graphics adapters. The series includes Polaris-12 based parts on PCIe cards, MXM modules, and even a multi-chip module.

The Polaris 12 GPU is the same chip powering the Radeon RX 550, so these graphics processors aren't exactly potent. That's not the point, though: the Radeon Embedded family is targeted at applications like digital signage boxes, medical imaging machines, and digital casino games. That kind of hardware doesn't need intense 3D performance, but it does need to hook up to a bunch of digital displays.

To that end, the Radeon E9170 series can drive up to five HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort 1.4 outputs. That gives you five displays with a maximum resolution of 3840×2160 at 60Hz, if you so desire. The standard configuration in all three versions includes the Polaris 12 GPU and 4 GB of GDDR5 memory on a 128-bit bus, although the MXM and PCIe versions also offer a cut-down configuration with 2GB of memory on a 64-bit bus.

AMD lists the board power for the E9170 series as "less than 50W" at the maximum, and the cut-down models are marked down for less than 35W. The company is mum on clock rates, but given the 1.25 TFLOPs compute figure we can mark them down for core clocks in the same range as other Polaris parts, at around 1.2 GHz.

The new Radeons will start rendering pixels in its multiple incarnations later this month, although folks fancying the multi-chip module will have to wait until next month.

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    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    I wonder how many of these things AMD sells, and how much the embedded group contributes to AMD’s bottomline. IIRC it’s not a huge chunk of their earnings. It’s rare that I visit casinos but it would be nice to see a game there powered by a Bulldozer derivative or Zen. I just hope the house actually pays the winners if they win big instead of chalking it up to machine error or saying the house is built on tribal land and so isn’t obliged to honor big winnings.

    • dpaus
    • 2 years ago

    For the intended market, wouldn’t a full SoC make more sense?

      • DragonDaddyBear
      • 2 years ago

      If you need multiple displays and any kind of 3D power you would have to develop your own.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 2 years ago

        Half an Xbox One SoC would probably be enough, and it’s something AMD has already been making for a long time.

          • BobbinThreadbare
          • 2 years ago

          I think the idea here is you have multiple of these in one system with cables running to all the displays (and inputs I guess with casino games).

          Maybe there’s a problem with running large numbers of displays with a SoC? I’ve never seen a motherboard with 5 display ports.

      • NovusBogus
      • 2 years ago

      Not necessarily…embedded land is a hodgepodge of technologies, and the closer you get to high-margin-low-volume commercial/industrial stuff the more you see configurable PC-like things.

      • strangerguy
      • 2 years ago

      Because those gamblers won’t go to casinos unless the slot machines are OLED DX12 4K 120fps which is totally the intended market for embedded notorious for tiny profit margins on the hardware.

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