Still waiting for my ThreadRipper
to support PCIe-v3 on Windows 7 on an ASUS motherboard without BSODs.
The "other" X86 mill-maker, AMD, has unveiled its efforts to position its Zen architecture kit as an embedded solution for networking, storage, edge and industrial devices: a brace of Epyc and Ryzen processors. The semiconductor firm is aiming Epyc 3000 at networking, storage and edge computing devices and the Ryzen V1000 at …
Zen is not supported on Windows 7. Saying that, I've managed to get my Ryzen 7 to work fine with Windows 7, but I appreciate that it's not an officially supported configuration, so it's always going to be a case of YMMV.
AMD do a bit better than Intel here at least. Windows 7 drivers are available for most bits, whereas with my Kaby Lake NUC, I had to resort to editing driver INI files in order to get the IRIS graphics working under Windows 7.
AMD were able to patch their microcode to protect their chips to Spectre vulnerabilities which they were effected (only two of the three) while Intel was effected by all the Spectre vulnerabilities and Meltdown and have not yet produced a successful patch for Spectre.
As the problems are so fundamental to the Intel design existing in chips from twenty years ago, is it possible to re-engineer the manufacturing of the chip or is a complete redesign required?
@Voland's right hand & Will Godfrey
Just setting up the same speculative branches I suspect. I am certainly adding AMD to my list of places to look for demo boards for embedded developers. Sometimes you can find something radical to play with.
The nightmare scenario goes something like this
1) AMD run out of cash. They decide they'll concentrate on the embedded market.
2) LIke everyone else who has done this they don't make money selling embedded chips either and end up selling their IP to someone else. So AMD
3) Intel, having a monopoly on the desktop/server market gradually increase the time between new processors.
So in fifteen years' time we've got x64 chips which have are eight years old.
You can kind something like this back before Ryzen. AMD wasn't competitive and Intel had slow development cycles. When Ryzen came out Intel started to compete again - e.g. upping the core count on the i5 from 4 to 6. Now if AMD were 'concentrating on the embedded market' would they have bothered? It's not like people buying x64 PCs would have an alternative vendor if AMD left the market.
Would it be too much to ask to get an El Reg story on the HBM2 aquabolt(superhero?) memory samsung has started production on. I read up on it but always appreciate the Reg's take on where it's going to fit in, Say with one of these SoC's. Just throwing it out there.
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