AMD has announced their latest processor line-up designed for embedded-class products, the Ryzen Embedded 5000 series. The latest parts adds to their collection of other Zen 3-based embedded platforms, including the Ryzen Embedded V3000 and EPYC 9004 series. At a high level, the Ryzen Embedded 5000 series is designed to offer a low-powered alternative on its existing AM4 platform for embedded networking solutions such as firewalls and NAS-based systems.

While we've previously discussed the proposition that AMD's Ryzen Embedded platforms fly under the radar compared to their other product lines, AMD's Ryzen Embedded platforms offer various SKUs for many 'always on' system deployments. This includes things such as servers, small form factor systems such as retail tills, as well as gaming machines, and industrial control systems.

AMD has announced four Ryzen Embedded 5000 series processors designed for their AM4 desktop platform, each SKU offering something slightly different. As AMD's embedded solutions are typically designed to be scalable, the top SKU, the Ryzen Embedded 5950E, features 16 Zen 3 cores, with a base frequency of 3.05 GHz and a 1T boost frequency of up to 3.4 GHz. AMD also has a 12-core variant, the Ryzen Embedded 5900E, which along with the 5950E, also benefits from 64 MB of L3 cache (32 MB per CCX) and a base TDP of just 105 W. 

AMD Ryzen Embedded 5000 Series (Vermeer)
AnandTech Core/
Freq (MHz)
1T Boost
Freq (MHz)
PCIe 4.0 Lanes Memory
Ryzen Embedded 5950E 16 32 3050 3400 24 DDR4-3200 (ECC) 64 MB 105
Ryzen Embedded 5900E 12 24 3350 3700 24 DDR4-3200 (ECC) 64 MB 105
Ryzen Embedded 5800E 8 16 3400 3700 24 DDR4-3200
32 MB 65-100
Ryzen Embedded 5600E 6 12 3300 3600 24 DDR4-3200
32 MB 65

The AMD Ryzen Embedded 5800E is the only SKU in the line-up with a configurable TDP, which can be configured between 65W and 100 W. The 5800E also benefits from 32 MB of L3 cache, with a base frequency of 3.4 GHz and a 1T boost frequency of up to 3.7 GHz. The fourth and final SKU, the Ryzen Embedded 5600E, is a 6C/12T part with a base frequency of 3.3 GHz, a 1T boost frequency of up to 3.6 GHz, and also has 32 MB of L3 cache with a TDP of just 65 W.

All of AMD's Ryzen Embedded 5000 series processors natively feature 24 PCIe 4.0 lanes, while AMD's X570 chipset is also available for OEMs who need the additional 12 PCIe 4.0 lanes offered through its PCIe switch. The platform also supports DDR4-3200 ECC memory in dual channel configurations, as well as support extending to other AM4 platforms, although AMD doesn't specifically state which AM4 chipsets will accommodate these chips.

AMD's Corporate VP and GM, Rajneesh Gaur, says that "Ryzen Embedded 5000 processors deliver the ideal combination of performance and reliability required for 24x7 security and networking applications", as well as following up with the following "This expansion of our embedded product portfolio offers a mid-range solution that fills the gap between our low-power BGA Ryzen Embedded and our world-class EPYC embedded family for customers requiring both high performance and scalability of up to 16 cores."

Also, in the official press release, AMD states, "The Ryzen Embedded 5000 Series rounds out the "Zen 3"-based AMD embedded processor portfolio." This means these Ryzen Embedded 5000 series SKUs are likely the last of its Zen 3 microarchitecture within its embedded platforms. Still, AMD's already announced its Zen 4 EPYC 9004 embedded platform based on its Zen 4 microarchitecture, and it's fair to assume that newer iterations of future embedded platforms will also be based on Zen 4 in the future.

The AMD Ryzen Embedded 5000 series is currently in production and offers at least five years of manufacturing availability. AMD, at this time, hasn't shared when these chips will be available to buy nor how much they may cost.

Source: AMD

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  • kn00tcn - Friday, April 21, 2023 - link

    "The AMD Ryzen Embedded 5800E is the only SKU in the line-up with a configurable TDP, which can be configured between 65W and 100 W."

    wait, so you can't lower all these below 65w? i thought i can on regular, maybe i should check settings again
  • coburn_c - Saturday, April 22, 2023 - link

    They probably calculate TDP differently on embedded products.
  • Threska - Saturday, April 22, 2023 - link

    Advantage is these raise the bar on the CPUs that get used in these devices which is usually bottom of the barrel to begin with. I don't see it's xilinx purchase manifested which would be a great fit for embedded.
  • Samus - Sunday, April 23, 2023 - link

    At a TDP of 65+ Watts these unfortunately wont be supplanting Atom-esque SoC's anytime soon. I'm not sure what devices these are meant for, and frankly I'm not sure AMD knows either since they have zero partner announcements and don't give any examples outside of 'NAS and firewall' which is not only vague, but misguided, since the U-series parts with 15w TDP (configurable up or down) are more appropriate.

    They lack a few PCIe lanes but the 6xxxU still have 20 4.0 lanes for plenty of storage and network IO.
  • Eletriarnation - Sunday, April 23, 2023 - link

    I assumed it would be for something like high-end rackmount routers/switches - I've seen plenty of Cisco platforms that use desktop-class CPUs for things like chassis switch supervisors and linecards.

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