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AMD’s Ryzen Embedded V1000 SoC gets in the game with a casino gaming SBC

Feb 27, 2018 — by Eric Brown — 1037 views

Advantech-Innocore announced a Linux-supported “DPX-E140” casino gaming platform with AMD’s new Ryzen Embedded V1000 SoC, quad-4K display support, 9x USB ports, and passive cooling on up to 25W V1000 parts.

Advantech’s gaming-focused Advantech-Innocore unit, which last year launched a DPX-S445 casino gaming SBC with Intel 7th Gen Core CPUs, has announced a gaming, amusement, and kiosk board built around AMD’s new Ryzen Embedded V1000 SoC. The DPX-E140, which is designed for “regulated casino and AWP gaming markets,” is based on the design of an earlier AMD G-Series based DPX-E135 system.

DPX-E140 with the fan cooler needed for higher end V1000 SoCs
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Like the DPX-E135, the DPX-E140 is a more complete kit package than the DPX-S445, offering “cabinet-ready I/O” that avoids the need to add connector boards or backplanes. The platform “puts all the connectors conveniently in one area and uses typical slot industry connectors to provide an economical, robust harnessing arrangement,” says Advantech-Innocore.

DPX-E140 with optional logic cover (left) and logic and cable cover
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The DPX-E140’s AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 SoC is far more powerful than the DPX-E135’s G-Series SoC, and appears to offer better graphics than the DPX-S445’s Intel 7th Gen processor. Featuring 14nm fabricated Zen CPU cores and high-end Vega graphics, the V1000 is the successor to AMD’s R-Series — the big sister to G-Series — and is claimed to be up to twice as fast. (Advantech, however, says only that the processor has a “52% CPU IPC performance boost at the same power compared to previous generation AMD cores.” The R-Series has shown up on gaming SBCs such as Axiomtek’s GMB135.

AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 block diagram
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The DPX-E140 runs Linux or Windows Embedded on dual or quad-core Ryzen Embedded V1000 parts. When using the dual-core, quad-threaded dual-core V1202B or the quad-core, octa-threaded V1605B, which have 12-25W TDPs, the system can be passively cooled. The higher end, 35-54W TDP, quad-core V1807B (3.35/3.8GHz) and V1756B (3.25/3.6GHz) models ship with a fan.

Advantech’s “V1000/R1000” terminology appears to refer to the Zen-based V1000 coupled with Radeon Vega graphics. The up to 11 compute unit Vega enables the DPX-E140 to drive VP9 and H.265 decoded 4K, 10 bit displays, as well as four simultaneous 4K displays via the system’s 4x DP++ 1.4 ports. It also supports Radeon FreeSync and HBR3 and HDR high dynamic range technologies.

The DPX-E140 supports up to 32GB DDR4 3200 MT/s SDRAM via dual sockets with support for ECC, as well as up to 8MB battery-backed fast SRAM. Storage features include dual CFast sockets with optional storage cards and dual SATA III headers with a “secure, easy access tray” for an optional 2.5” SSD or HDD. There’s also an M.2 expansion interface for up to 2280-size modules with a 2-lane PCI-e interface and NVME support.

The system includes dual GbE ports with WoL and optional PXE boot. The board is equipped with 2x USB 3.0, 7x USB 2.0, 4x RS232, and an RS485 port. Other features include 2x CCTalk, 2x I2C, 2x TTL, 1-wire, a watchdog, and a bi-directional GPIO header for two iButtons, special purpose devices, or security modules.

Discrete I/O includes 32x ESD protected inputs and 32x OC outputs, eight of which can be configured as meter outputs with presence detection. You also get HD 5.1 audio with stereo amplified outputs for 20W per channel.

Extensive security features include TPM 2.0, an EEPROM, an asset tag, power fail detect, a secure boot SDK, and 8x intrusion detection inputs. There are also optional secure enclosures for the “logic area” (processor subsystem) or cable and logic area, which significantly extend the 270 x 200mm footprint in the vertical dimension (see images above).

The DPX-E140 provides a 12V DC single input or ATX power supply with power management and system health monitoring features. Diagnostics software is also available, as well as “edge-to-edge drivers and software API/SDK.” The system supports 0 to 65°C temperatures.

Further information

DPX-E140 samples are available now at an undisclosed price. More information may be found on Advantech-Innocore’s DPX-E140 product page.

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