AMD Mero low-power Zen2 / RDNA2 APU has seen running Android OS for Magic Leap AR headset –

AMD Mero drives Augmented Reality headsets

It’s been a while since we heard about Mero, AMD’s low-power APU with RDNA2 graphics.

The APU has been detected by @_rogame running the Magic Leap Demophon Augmented Reality headset. It used Android 10 operating system and 720 × 920 resolution (for one eye).

AMD Mero has usually been referred to as a silicon copy by Van Gogh, which ended up in the Valve Steam Deck handheld gaming console. Both are quad-core Zen2-based low-power APUs equipped with integrated RDNA2 graphics. Rumors of Mero have surfaced around 2019, and in most cases, it shared device ID and root complex with Van Gogh.

However, Mero and Van Gogh are not identical chips, Locuza, better known for its die shot analysis, claims that Van Gogh has multiple IP blocks enabled, such as Compute Vision hardware or the fact that it has multiple PCIe lanes. In that sense, Mero could be a customized version of Van Gogh.

AMD Mero in BaseMark Database, Source: BaseMark / Rogame

The APU was tested with BaseMark GPU testing on Android 10 operating system with OpenGL ES 3.1 and Vulkan APIs. According to the BaseMark PowerBoard ranking, it is actually faster than the AMD Renoir APU (Ryzen 4000 with Vega iGPU), but only because it ran with a custom resolution of 720 × 920.

AMD Mero in BaseMark Database, Source: BaseMark / Rogame

AMD has not yet officially recognized its Mero APU. We’ve only seen one implementation of its sibling to Steam Deck known as Van Gogh or Aerith. The Magic Leap device that has been discovered in the BaseMark database is probably a prototype that is not yet available for sale.

Source: Basemark via @_rogame