On the eve of tomorrow’s big CES, AMD is offering a kind of spoiler for one of the announcements of its products. As it turns out, one of AMD’s upcoming products, the Ryzen 6000 series mobile processor line, receives the CES Award for Innovation. And since these awards are announced tonight, on the eve of the show, so is the Ryzen 6000 Mobile series.
While AMD is apparently keeping most of the details for tomorrow’s presentation, they are revealing a few key details for tonight. First and foremost, AMD’s latest generation of mobile APUs received a significant upgrade in terms of graphics support, with AMD (finally) replacing the Vega GPU architecture with its current generation RDNA2 GPU architecture. Supported by a number of additional graphics features – namely DirectX 12 Ultimate feature set – RDNA2 has also introduced some significant improvements in energy efficiency and computing throughput of AMD’s GPU architecture, making AMD’s latest generation of discrete parts among the most competitive in generations.
Interestingly, the basic CPU architecture is not mentioned similarly. However, since the Zen 4 isn’t expected until later this year, it makes sense that these new mobile chips are based on the Zen 3 CPU architecture, just like the current Ryzen 5000 chips.
|AMD Ryzen Mobile APU generation|
|AnandTech||CPU Arch||GPU Arch||Types of memory||Year|
|Ryzen 6000 mobile||Zen 3?||RDNA2||DDR5 / LPDDR5?||2022|
|Ryzen 5000 Mobile (Cezanne)||Zen 3||Vega||DDR4 / LPDDR4X||2021|
|Ryzen 4000 Mobile (Renoir)||Zen 2||Vega||DDR4 / LPDDR4X||2020|
AMD’s brief announcement also speaks of support for newer memory standards, especially “DDR5 technologies”. All of AMD’s current-generation APUs are currently based on DDR4 / LPDDR4, so switching to DDR5 will offer a significant increase in total memory bandwidth, something that should pair very well with the increased iGPU capabilities of Ryzen 6000 Mobile parts. Significantly, LPDDR5 is not mentioned explicitly with DDR5, but this is obviously less than a complete detail of the chip architecture.
Finally, the award announcement also confirms that the new Ryzen processors will integrate Microsoft Pluto’s hardware security processor architecture. Also, the chips come with what AMD calls “AI-audio processing”, which we will no doubt hear more about tomorrow.
And with that, we’ll have more tomorrow. Join us at 7:00 Pacific Time (15:00 UTC) on our live blog about AMD’s CES 2022 main show, where we should hear all about the Ryzen 6000 Mobile series and more.
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