AMD yesterday revealed its new Ryzen and Athlon 7020C processors, which migrate the Zen 2 architecture to a 6-nanometer technology designed exclusively for Chromebooks. AMD claims that its next wave of chips will target laptops costing between $300 and $500.
AMD claims that its new CPUs would provide forthcoming laptops up to 19.5 hours of battery life. According to the corporation, the Athlon CPUs are aimed at the education market, whilst the Ryzen series is aimed at mainstream business and consumer Chromebooks.
The AMD Ryzen 3 7320C and Ryzen 5 7520C are quad-core, 8-thread CPUs capable of 4.1GHz and 4.3GHz, respectively, for higher-end Chromebooks.
The AMD Athlon Gold 7220C is a dual-core, four-thread CPU with a clock speed of up to 3.7GHz that is more economical. The AMD Athlon Silver 7120C has two cores and two threads and has a clock speed of 3.5GHz.
AMD boasts that their new Ryzen 3 for Chromebooks has a battery life of 17 hours and 1.6x higher performance than the previous version. The new Athlon Silver generation provides 1.8x faster performance as well as up to 19.5 hours of battery life. Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, up to three 4K monitors, and LPDDR5 memory are also supported by the revised CPUs.
The Ryzen 5 7520U, the top-tier Ryzen 7020 series CPU, has 4C/8T with a base clock of 2.8 GHz and a 1T boost frequency of up to 4.3 GHz. The Ryzen 3 7320U is similar in specification but somewhat slower, having the same 4C/8T but with a 2.4 GHz base and 4.1 GHz 1T boost core clock speed, and both share the same 4 MB of L3 cache.
The other two chips, the Althon Gold 7220U and Athlon Silver 7120U, were similar, except the Athlon Gold 7220U has Simultaneous Multithreaded (SMT) enabled, giving it 2C/4T rather than 2C/2T. All of AMD’s Ryzen/Athlon 7020 series CPUs have a TDP of 15 W, making them better ideal for less taxing workloads and lower-powered systems where factors like extended on-the-go battery life are more important than raw computational capability.
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