Sapphire Shows Off New 5x5 Ryzen V1000 Platform for Embedded Systems

Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2018 - 05:55 PM |
Tagged: SoC, SFF, sapphire, ryzen v1000, ryzen embedded, ryzen, APU, amd

Sapphire Technologies is now partnering with AMD to offer up a new small(ish) 5"x5" form factor system for embedded applications featuring AMD's Ryzen Embedded V1000 SoC APUs. The Sapphire FS-FP5V is a 5.8"x5.5" motherboard that pairs the V1000 SoC with Zen CPU cores and Vega GPU with dual channel DDR4 3200 MHz SODIMM memory slots, two M.2 slots, a single SATA 3 port, dual Ethernet, and four DisplayPort outputs supporting up to four 4K displays.

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The 5x5 motherboard uses a V1000 APU that is soldered to the board though the website does not specify which model Sapphire is using. The V1000 series includes APUs ranging from 12W to 54W with up to four (Zen) cores / 8 threads, a Vega-based GPU with up to 11 CUs, 2MB L2 cache, and 4MB shared L3 cache. The SoC further has AMD's PSP security processor and support for dual 10GbE though Sapphire's board only uses two Gigabit NICs (Realtek RTL8111G). Realtek chips are also used for the four channel audio solution (ALC262). The M.2 2280 can operate in PCI-E 3.0 x4 or SATA modes while the smaller M.2 2242 slot uses PCI-E x1 and can accommodate Wi-Fi cards or smaller SSDs. The FS-FP5V board also features serial RS232 and GPIO support and the motherboard is powered by a single 19V DC input.

Rear I/O includes two USB 2.0 ports (there's also one on the front), one USB 3.1 Type-C, four DisplayPort outputs, two RJ-45 GbE jacks, and a single audio output.

Sapphire plans to sell its new 5x5 board to system integrators as well as directly through their website. A video from AMD shows off the board as well as examples from Sapphire partners of SFF cases and 2x2 display walls. The new platform is aimed at video gaming systems (think casinos, arcades, and video gambling machines in bars), digital signage, large display walls, point of sale systems, and medical imaging (high resolution display outputs for medical scanning and diagnostics devices). There is no word on pricing or availability, but if you are interested there is a form you can fill out to get more information. It is nice to see AMD getting some design wins in the SFF space even if its not in consumer products yet (it's time for an AMD NUC competitor).

Update: Tom's Hardware managed to get their hands on some pricing details which show Sapphire will offer four models that vary by Ryzen Embedded processor used including:

  • Ryzen Embedded V1202B (2 core / 4 thread + Vega 3)  for $325
  • Ryzen Embedded V1605B (4 core / 8 thread + Vega 8) for $340
  • Ryzen Embedded V1756B (4 core / 8 thread + Vega 8) for $390
  • Ryzen Embedded V1807B (4 core / 8 thread + Vega 11) for $450

The first two options are 12W to 25W TDP SoCs while the latter two are 35W to 54W processors. The V1202B is clocked at 2 GHz base and up to 3.6 GHz. Moving up to the V1605B gets two more cores at an every so slightly higher 2.06 GHz base and moves from Vega 3 to Vega 8 graphics (though still at the same 1,100 MHz clockspeeds). Stepping up to the V1756B gets a processor with a much higher 3.25 GHz base but hte same maximum boost and graphics as the V1605B. Finally, moving to the flagship V1807B SoC gets an APU clocked at 3.35 GHz base and 3.8 GHz boost with Vega 11 graphics clocked at 1,300 MHz. The boards will reportedly be available later this year (relatively soon) while the UDOO Bolt will be available next year at similar price points. In all the Sapphire board seems like a decent deal for setting up a homelab or media box (though I wish the storage situation was better) while the UDOO Bolt board is aimed more at developers and makers with the inclusion of Aruino pinouts and eMMC storage (The UDOO appears to top out at the V1605B chip as well.)

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Source: AMD

July 3, 2018 | 06:12 PM - Posted by MeWantyMeWantyLittleLinuxSystem (not verified)

Could we get just one Linux OS OEM supporting this product in a small form factor case of nice build quality.

I'd love to have this from some mini-desktop sorts of usage on a system with good Linux driver support!

July 3, 2018 | 06:43 PM - Posted by Mike Saunders (not verified)

Price will be key. Until that is known, this ia non-interesting.

July 3, 2018 | 07:49 PM - Posted by kk (not verified)

Have you seen the UDOO Bolt kickstarter

July 4, 2018 | 05:18 AM - Posted by Bill Murray (not verified)

If you can wait until end of December or early next year.

July 3, 2018 | 09:24 PM - Posted by PixyMisa

That's a very interesting board for high-end embedded solutions, except for the shortage of USB 3.x ports.

July 3, 2018 | 09:58 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Yeah it's unfortunate there's only one. I suppose if they can get by with a SATA SSD they could repurpose the M.2 2280 slot using an adapter to get a PCI-E slot and then add a USB 3.1 card but that has its own compromises.

July 4, 2018 | 03:27 AM - Posted by PixyMisa

I guess you can always add a hub.

July 3, 2018 | 10:56 PM - Posted by nonymous (not verified)

The board measurement is identical with the Mini-STX form factor. Strange that Sapphire fails to mention its form factor on the specification list.

July 5, 2018 | 06:09 AM - Posted by ColossalCollapse (not verified)

Because it is not Mini-STX. Mini-STX stands for "Mini Socket Technology EXtended". Do you see now why this board is not Mini-STX? ;-)

July 5, 2018 | 11:51 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

Well, the big thing with Mini STX is that you can use socketed processors and seemingly its an Intel only platform as I did not see any Mini STX AMD boards when searching (they might exist but i dunno). The Sapphire 5x5 uses BGA AMD chips soldered to the board like those Intel Xeon D and Celeron/Pentium CPU+board offerings (although I think some Xeon Ds are soecketed, not sure at the moment and I have to get to work!).

July 5, 2018 | 11:48 PM - Posted by nonymous (not verified)

At the very least the similar board dimensions and likely similar mounting holes too should make it compatible with existing mini stx cases. Not that there are many of them out there. The only mini stx product out there appears to be just the ASRock H110M-STX.

July 4, 2018 | 03:56 AM - Posted by Anonymous718236 (not verified)

Has ASRock mentioned an AMD update to the Deskmini 110/310?

July 4, 2018 | 08:13 AM - Posted by ForcedToWaitAndWaitAndMoreWaiting (not verified)

Where is the Zotac ZBOX MA551 with Raven Ridge options(1) at close to 6 months after it was announced and it's still MIA. Something is up with the delay on AMD's Zen/Vega Integreted Graphics SKUs form the OEM's and that's not good for those that want the better graphics. The entire OEM market place has some competition issues once again if AMD's nuch better grapgics is no where to be found and OEM's are somehow being incentivized to drag their feet.

It sure looks like the revenues are flowing in the contra direction towards the OEMs and AMD's better graphics kept out of the market for Zen/Vega based APUs.

(1)

"ZOTAC at CES 2018: AMD Raven Ridge APU in a ZBOX MA551 Mini-PC"

https://www.anandtech.com/show/12319/zotac-displays-zbox-ma551-an-amd-ra...

July 5, 2018 | 10:43 AM - Posted by DeOdVue (not verified)

one word >> "INTEL-INSIDE"!

It's seemed like there is a shortage. The whole market seemed MIA. And yeah, you are right, ZOTAC is like ZIPPED, ZERO, NOTHING, NADA.... totally silenced!

Got to wonder why??? Conspira...c..y...

Sniff... sniff... I smelled death fish... :P

{@}
^(^
Cheer!

July 4, 2018 | 09:56 AM - Posted by Power (not verified)

HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2, please.

July 4, 2018 | 12:33 PM - Posted by Rocky123 (not verified)

This would be good in a very small media station type setup. It would give great video playback features as well as allowing for some basic gaming. I do find it weird they decided to have the memory slots sitting straight up though. You would think they would have them tilted like in a laptop so they could save space and be able to allow for thinner builds.

July 5, 2018 | 01:27 AM - Posted by PixyMisa

The board looks really cramped. They might not have been able to fit the angled DIMM slots.

July 5, 2018 | 11:48 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

Yeah, I don't think they would have been able to fit them angled as they would interfere with the front IO ports or the CPU cooler. I guess they could have made them only slightly angled but that's probably just asking for more trouble than benefit.

July 5, 2018 | 04:03 PM - Posted by Rocky123 (not verified)

Yea after reading the reply I went back and gave the board a closer look and does indeed look like they did the memory this way because of a lack of room to angle the memory.

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