Today AMD is announcing the Polaris-based Radeon E9170 series, the latest entrant to their embedded graphics offerings. Sporting Radeon-class hardware and long-term support, these embedded products look to markets such as digital signage, casino games, medical imaging, and thin clients, as well as military/aerospace and industrial applications. As such, like AMD’s other embedded graphics products, the E9170 comes in PCIe (standard and half-height), MXM, and MCM formats, MCM being a first for embedded Polaris.

Where last year’s E9260 and E9550 updated AMD’s embedded “high performance” and “ultra-high performance” brackets, the E9170 now brings Polaris into the “power-efficient” bracket. With 8 CUs and 1.2 TFLOPS, E9170’s specifications match the Polaris 12 based RX 550, but we are still awaiting confirmation from AMD about the precise GPU inside. Presumably, the E9170 will benefit from the new mid-power memory clock state introduced in the revised Polaris of the RX 500 series; power consumption will be reduced in mixed-resolution multi-monitor and video decoding, both use-cases that would be common for embedded parts.

AMD Embedded Radeon Polaris GPUs
  E9550 E9260 E9170
Stream Processors 2304 (36 CU) 896 (14 CU) 512 (8 CU)
GPU Base Clock 1.12GHz ? 1124 or 1219MHz
GPU Boost Clock ~1.26GHz ~1.4GHz N/A
Memory Clock 7Gbps GDDR5 7Gbps GDDR5? 6Gbps GDDR5
Memory Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit 64- or 128-bit
VRAM 8GB 4GB 2 or 4GB
Displays 6 5 5
TDP Up to 95W Up to 50W Up to 50 W
GPU Polaris 10 Polaris 11 Polaris 12?
Architecture GCN 4 GCN 4 GCN 4
Form Factor MXM MXM & PCIe MCM, MXM, PCIe

Other than increased performance and 4GB video memory, the E9170 series brings Polaris’ updated multimedia, display output, and encoding/decoding feature set to the lower price brackets. In short, this includes support for HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.4, 4K HEVC/H.265 decode and encode, and up to five 4K displays. AMD compared the E9170 to the Turks based 6 CU E6760 and Caicos based 2 CU E6465, both pre-GCN (TeraScale) parts. The E9170 will join the E6465, announced two years ago, in the "power-efficient" segment. Where the E6465 is available until around 2020, and the other embedded Polaris products until around 2021, the E9170 will be offered for 7 years until 2024, a typical timeframe given the long upgrade cycles of the embedded market.

While the E9170 series GPU is the only GPU being announced today, it comes in 8 variants, differing in physical format, power consumption, display outputs, video memories, and thermal solution. Although there are several OPNs for the other physical formats, the MCM part offers extra versatility as it suitable for soldering.

The E9170 PCIe and MXM variants are planned to be available this month (October 2017), while the MCM version is planned for November.

Source: AMD

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  • wiineeth - Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - link

    Anyone know when is ravenridge coming? I want to buy a 2 in 1 ultrabook but waiting for amd to launch raven ridge apu so that there will be good graphics so that gpu accelerated stuff wont suck.
  • MajGenRelativity - Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - link

    Raven Ridge is coming around the end of this year I believe.
  • The Hardcard - Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - link

    The rumor sites have shown supposed leaked AMD slides. They imply that it will be early 2018. Rumblings that they will carry Ryzen 2xxx names timed with the tweaked desktop Ryzens coming next year, though Raven Ridge would still have first edition circuitry.
  • MajGenRelativity - Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - link

    I saw slides that stated Laptop Raven Ridge Q4 2017 with Desktop Raven Ridge Q1 2018, although that certainly could have changed.
  • Krayzieka - Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - link

    Great amd has the best apu and soc
  • The Hardcard - Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - link

    Have you seen the slides with the painter codenames (Matisse, Picasso)? As far ad I know, leaked in the last week. 2018 for all Raven Ridge.Per wccftech and videocardz.
  • medi03 - Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - link

    Q4 2017 for consumers, Q1 2018 commercial customers:
  • MajGenRelativity - Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - link

  • ddriver - Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - link

    It is highly likely that RR ws strategically delayed to make use of 12nm process and a new core stepping. It was moved from Q4 2017 to Q1 2018, which is also when 12nm ryzen should be launching.
  • MajGenRelativity - Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - link

    I saw slides that mentioned that 12nm Raven Ridge is a different product, named Picasso. It's plausible they got rolled into one, but that would be a great deal of engineering effort.

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