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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  • msroadkill612 - Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - link

    Why didnt I think of that? Yep, if RR isnt in full production yet, why start on the old stepping?
  • MajGenRelativity - Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - link

    Because re-designing a chip for a new node is not an instantaneous or free process. Raven Ridge may have been too far along when 12nm was announced, or AMD didn't want to delay it further
  • WorldWithoutMadness - Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - link

    I think you'll see them at CES should the recent released slide is true.

    End of the year is just weird time because they can't showcase or get worldwide media coverage on that time and Intel new models should already be out by that time. So they might as well delay it a bit, save PR money, and just have a blast at CES with other bling bling smartphones.
  • MajGenRelativity - Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - link

    Well, we'll find out soon enough :)
  • MajGenRelativity - Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - link

    I'm not the intended customer for this, but if AMD can snag some marketshare to boost their profits, I'm happy. That'll help them invest more in R&D for even better products and competition in the future.
  • Krayzieka - Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - link

    Amd r and d is low and able to get competitive product out of the market this mean future will be bright without having to spend billion of dollars like intel
  • JoeyJoJo123 - Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - link

    ~too late, already bought up by miners~
  • MajGenRelativity - Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - link

    Miners wouldn't buy these cards. In fact, I'm not even sure if they are offered at retail.
  • BrokenCrayons - Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - link

    Embedded products are probably less appealing to miners. The PCIe variants might find their way into a mining rig, but MCM and MXM parts won't be usable on commodity motherboards so they'll probably be used for their intended purpose.
  • MajGenRelativity - Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - link

    It'll be hard to use even the PCIe variants, as I don't think they are sold at retail. I think you need a contract or whatever. We'll see

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