AMD Unveils New Architecture for Edge AI

AMD has launched AMD Embedded+, a new architectural solution that combines AMD Ryzen™ Embedded processors with Versal™ adaptive SoCs onto a single integrated board. Thus, delivering scalable and power-efficient solutions that accelerate time-to-market for ODM partners.

Validated by AMD, the Embedded+ integrated compute platform helps ODM customers reduce qualification and build times for faster time-to-market. Moreover, without needing to expend additional hardware and R&D resources.

ODM integration using Embedded+ architecture enables the use of a common software platform to develop designs with low power, small form factors. In addition, provides lifecycles for medical, industrial, and automotive applications.

AMD-validated solutions provide a simplified path to AI inferencing, sensor fusion, industrial networking, control, and visualization for ODM partners.

“In automated systems, sensor data has diminishing value with time and must operate on the freshest information possible to enable the lowest latency, deterministic response,” said Chetan Khona, senior director of Industrial, Vision, Healthcare and Sciences Markets, AMD. In addition, Khona said, “In industrial and medical applications, many decisions need to happen in milliseconds. Thus, Embedded+ maximizes the value of partner and customer data, with energy efficiency and performant computing.”

Combines Critical Solutions

In a first-of-its-kind feat, Embedded+ architecture combines AMD x86 compute with integrated graphics and programmable hardware for critical AI inferencing and sensor fusion applications. Moreover, adaptive computing excels in deterministic, low-latency processing, whereas AI Engines improve high performance-per-watt inferencing.

Ryzen Embedded processors, which contain high-performance “Zen” cores and Radeon™ graphics, also offer world-class rendering. Furthermore, it incorporates display options for uplifted 4K multimedia experience and a built-in video codec for 4K H.264/H.265 encode decode.

The combination of low latency processing and high performance-per-watt inferencing enables high performance of key tasks. These include integrating adaptive computing in real-time with flexible I/O, AI Engines for inferencing, and AMD Radeon graphics, within a solution that leverages the best aspects of each technology.

Sapphire Technology delivers inaugural AMD Embedded+ ODM solution

Embedded+ also allows system designers to choose from an ecosystem of ODM board offerings based on the Embedded+ architecture. At the same time, scale their product portfolios to deliver performance and power profiles.

The first ODM solution based on Embedded+ architecture is the Sapphire Edge+ VPR-4616-MB, a low-power Mini-ITX form factor motherboard from Sapphire Technology. In addition, it offers the full suite of capabilities in as low as 30W of power by leveraging the Ryzen Embedded R2314 processor and Versal AI Edge VE2302 Adaptive SoC.

Meanwhile, the VPR-4616-MB is also available in a full system, including memory, storage, power supply, and chassis.

“By working with a compute architecture that is validated and reliable, we’re able to focus our resources to bolster other aspects of our products, shortening time to market and reducing R&D costs,” said Adrian Thompson, senior vice president of global marketing, Sapphire Technology. “Embedded+ is an excellent, streamlined platform for building solutions with leading performance and features.”

The Embedded+ qualified VPR-4616-MB from Sapphire Technology is immediately available to customers for purchase at launch.