DFI has announced what they consider the world’s smallest single-board computer (SBC) that uses on AMD’s Ryzen Embedded processor. The highly-integrated credit card-sized GHF51 motherboard can be used for a variety of applications that have to be small, yet offer capabilities as well as performance of a modern PC.

The DFI GHF51 1.8-inch platform carries AMD’s dual-core Ryzen Embedded R1000-series SoC with AMD Radeon Vega GPU featuring three compute units (192 stream processors) with hardware H.264, H.265, and VP9 decoding. The SoC can be paired with 2/4/8 GB of single-channel DDR4-3200 memory as well as 16/32/64 GB of eMMC storage. The SBC features one Mini PCIe slot for an add-in card, an 8-pin DIO header, two micro HDMI 1.4 outputs (4Kp30), one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port, a GbE connector (controlled by the Intel I211AT or the I210IT chip), and an fTPM 2.0 chip.

At present, DFI lists two AMD Ryzen-powered SBCs: the GHF51-BN-43R16 with the Ryzen Embedded R1606G APU (2.60 GHz – 3.50 GHz, 12 W) as well as the GHF51-BN-43R15 with the Ryzen Embedded R1505G APU (2.40 GHz – 3.30 GHz, 12 W). Both boards carry 4 GB of DDR4-3200 memory, 32 GB of eMMC storage, two micro HDMI outputs, a GbE port, and one USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port. Eventually, the company plans to add motherboards powered by the lower-power Ryzen Embedded R1102G (1.20 GHz – 2.60 GHz, 6 W) or Ryzen Embedded R1305G (1.50 GHz – 2.80 GHz, 8/10 W) SoCs into the lineup in a bid to address applications that have to be less power hungry.

DFI’s GHF51 SBC is an example when AMD’s Ryzen Embedded enters the small form factor embedded market. The 1.8-inch SBCs can power various small form-factor or IoT applications that can take advantage of high-performance Zen cores, but theoretically they can also be used inside 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 doors to new use cases.

DFI has not announced pricing of its AMD Ryzen Embedded-based SBCs or their availability dates. In fact, the GHF51 product page currently mentions ‘Preliminary’ status of the boards.

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Sources: DFI

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  • Alien88 - Monday, March 23, 2020 - link

    Seeing designers speccing single channel on a Ryzen makes me sad, could have been a useful board... Reply
  • zodiacfml - Sunday, March 22, 2020 - link

    Looks impressive but is going to cost like a similarly spec laptop Reply
  • koaschten - Sunday, March 22, 2020 - link

    Is my brain playing tricks on me or are the "top and bottom view" pics randomly flipped and mirrored and do not show the real board location in relation to the connector ports?! Reply
  • Alien88 - Monday, March 23, 2020 - link

    Yep, and they have labelled the eMMC as DDR4 and ignored the DRAM altogether. And the label for the APU is just missing. Don't know who did the images, but they need to be replaced... Reply
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    OML Please someone do something like this but with renoir. Please AMD, release Renoir as embedded. Reply
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