Wednesday, 23 September 2020 11:04

Faster Chromebooks coming with new AMD processors


AMD has announced the first AMD Ryzen mobile processors for Chromebooks, along with two new Athlons for Google's portable platform.

The new chips mean hardware vendors will be able to build Chromebooks based on the Zen architecture. Acer, Asus, HP, and Lenovo plan to bring products to market in the fourth quarter.

AMD claims Ryzen 3000 C series mobile processors offer up to 212% better performance for multitasking and content creation compared to the previous generation of AMD Chromebooks, and that built-in AMD Radeon GPUs give the Ryzen 3000 C series chips the most powerful graphics available in a Chromebook.

In particular, the Ryzen 7 3700C provides up to 251% better graphics performance, up to 104% faster office productivity performance, and up to 152% better photo editing performance, all compared with previous generation AMD Chromebooks.

Other features include long battery life, and Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 connectivity.

The new processor lineup comprises:

Ryzen 7 3700C – four cores, eight threads, 10 GPU cores, 2.3 GHz
Ryzen 5 3500C – four cores, eight threads, 8 GPU cores, 2.1 GHz
Ryzen 3 3250C – two cores, four threads, 3 GPU cores, 2.6 GHz
Athlon Gold 3150C – two cores, four threads, 3 GPU cores, 2.4 GHz
Athlon Silver 3050C – two cores, two threads, two GPU cores, 2.3GHz

"Whether users are online, offline, on-the-go or at home, AMD Ryzen processor-based and Athlon processor-based Chromebooks deliver the combined CPU, graphics and overall performance needed to stay productive and breeze through the high demands of distance learning and remote working," said AMD senior vice president and general manager for client compute Saeid Moshkelani.

"We are pleased to be working with Acer, ASUS, Google, HP and Lenovo to significantly expand the number of AMD-powered Chromebooks and deliver more powerful options with the first of many AMD Ryzen-based Chromebook systems."

Google vice president of Chrome OS John Solomon said "Chromebooks continue to be a rapidly growing market where customers are looking for appealing designs and top-notch features to power their work, education and gaming with Chrome OS.

"Our partnership with AMD, along with the unprecedented offering of Ryzen processor-based Chromebooks, gives consumers and businesses an even broader choice of affordable Chromebook designs that deliver blazing fast connectivity, long battery life and the ability to power through multitasking workloads."

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Stephen Withers

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