DFI has announced what they consider the smallest single board computer (SBC) in the world that uses AMD’s Ryzen Embedded processor. The GHF51 motherboard the size of a highly integrated credit card can be used for a variety of applications that need to be small in size, but which offer functionality and performance of a modern PC.
The 1.8-inch DFI GHF51 platform carries the Ryzen Embedded R1000 AMD series dual-core SoC with AMD Radeon Vega GPU with three processing units (192 stream processors) with H.264, H.265 and VP9 hardware decoding. The SoC can be paired with 2/4/8 GB of single channel DDR4-3200 memory and 16/32/64 GB of eMMC memory. The SBC features a Mini PCIe slot for an additional board, an 8-pin DIO header, two micro HDMI 1.4 (4Kp30) outputs, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port, a GbE connector (controlled by Intel I211AT or the I210IT chip) and an fTPM 2.0 chip.
Currently, DFI lists two AMD SBCs with Ryzen technology: GHF51-BN-43R16 with the Ryzen Embedded R1606G APU (2.60 GHz – 3.50 GHz, 12 W) and GHF51-BN-43R15 with the Ryzen Embedded R1505G APU (2.40 GHz – 3.30 GHz, 12 W). Both cards contain 4 GB of DDR4-3200 memory, 32 GB of eMMC memory, two micro HDMI outputs, one GbE port and one USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port. Eventually, the company plans to add motherboards powered by Ryzen Embedded R1102G low-power (1.20 GHz – 2.60 GHz, 6 W) or Ryzen Embedded R1305G (1.50 GHz – 2.80 GHz, 8 / SoCs). 10 W) in the lineup in an offer to deal with applications that require less energy.
DFI’s GHF51 SBC is an example when AMD’s Ryzen Embedded enters the embedded form factor market. 1.8-inch SBCs can power various applications with small form factor or IoT that can take advantage of high-performance Zen cores, but in theory they can also be used in devices that currently use Raspberry Pi or similar. Obviously, a Ryzen Embedded SBC will probably cost more than a Raspberry Pi, but it will also provide higher performance, which opens the door to new use cases.
DFI has not announced the prices of its AMD Ryzen Embedded-based SBCs or their availability dates. In fact, the GHF51 product page currently mentions the “Preliminary” status of the cards.