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Although AMD’s Ryzen 7000 Series desktop CPUs and new AM5 socket stole the show during its Computex 2022 keynote, the company also shared details about its continued efforts to ramp up and expand the Ryzen mobile portfolio. A new ultra-budget APU is on the way and the Ryzen 6000-based notebook range continues to expand.
AMD Announces ‘Mendocino’ APU At Computex 2022, Landing Q4 2022
AMD unveiled a brand new processor, codenamed ‘Mendocino’. Targeting the budget laptop tranche, the new APU aims to combine performance and value by pairing Zen 2 cores with RNDA 2 integrated graphics. AMD revealed Mendocino is based on the same TSMC 6nm process as the Ryzen 6000 family, but with the cores halved to four alongside eight threads to keep costs down.
Mendocino APUs will feature in OEM partner laptops priced between $399 and $799 starting from Q4 2022. AMD expects Mendocino-equipped laptops to boast best-in-class battery life with 10 hours of mixed usage mentioned during AMD’s Computex showcase, a substantial step up from the typical four to six hour battery life associated with value laptops.
Though chiefly intended for mainstream Chrome and Windows-based laptops, AMD also hopes to position the Mendocino APU as a scalable solution for small-to-medium business. AMD stopped short of laying specific SKU details, so expect more details as the year progresses.
Ryzen 6000 Laptop Range Continues to Expand
With AMD’s mobile share expanding in part due to the well-received Ryzen 6000 mobile processors launched at CES 2022 earlier this year, the chip giant eagerly shared details of this early success. The company confirmed that over 70 of the planned 200 OEM ultrathin gaming, consumer, and commercial notebooks based on the Ryzen 6000 Series processors have already launched or been announced so far.
Designed to deliver a well-rounded consumer experience for gaming, content creation, and everyday use, the AMD Ryzen 6000 Series processors feature Zen3+ cores, Radeon 600M RNDA 2 graphics, DDR5 memory, PCIe Gen 4, and up to 26 hours of battery life.
AMD singled out the ASUS ZenBook S 13 OLED to highlight the Ryzen’s ultrathin gaming performance. Updated to include an AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, the laptop offers up to 45% faster graphics and 27% quicker 3D rendering than a comparable Intel-powered laptop.
In the commercial segment, AMD stressed Ryzen 6000 Pro’s appeal to the hybrid workforce with 17% faster productivity and up to 45% longer battery life than Intel Alder Lake i7 chips. AMD expects over 60 commercial notebooks to launch this year alone.