Get ready for new AMD silicon Chromebooks.
On Tuesday, the chip manufacturer presented the processors of the AMD Ryzen and Athlon 3000 C series, which should deliver thinner, lighter, and more powerful Chromebooks. Silicon is expected to be powered by at least six new product models from HP, Asus, and Lenovo in the fourth quarter.
The new 15-watt processors represent a significant improvement over the next-generation A6 chips announced in January 2019. In comparison, the Ryzen 3000 C series can achieve a performance increase of 110 to 178 percent when used in applications. web-based on a Chromebook based on AMD benchmarks.
The new chips can also improve performance on graphics, productivity, and photo editing tasks by 66 to 153 percent, thanks in part to onboard GPU cores.
The new silicon marks the first time AMD has brought its Zen architecture to Chromebooks. But don’t wait for new technologies. The company will use the older Zen + 12nm and Zen 14nm architectures originally introduced in 2018 and 2017 to build the Ryzen 3000 C series.
Ryzen silicon is divided into three processors that scale from dual-core to quad-core and have a boost rate of 3.5 GHz to 4.0 GHz.
On the ground floor, AMD is launching two dual-core processors, Athlon Gold 3150C and Athlon Silver 3050C, which use a first-generation Zen architecture.
According to AMD, the chips will use new Chromebooks designed for the consumer, education, and business markets. One of them is the HP Chromebook Pro c645, which is due to appear in early December.
What about Intel?
The new chips should help AMD increase its market share in the Chromebook market. But Intel seems ready to fight back.
On Monday, Intel published a blog post highlighting the benefits of its 11th-generation Tiger Lake core processors, which are also intended for Chromebooks. To prove this, the company released some benchmarks comparing the recently announced Core i7-1165G7 to the 10th-gen Core i7-10610U, which wasn’t released until Q2.
According to a test by Intel, the 11th generation offers up to 28 percent faster browsing speeds and a 77 percent increase when it comes to multitasking between multiple browser windows. Graphics performance also increases up to 2.7 times.
“The performance data published here gives an idea of how and why the 11th generation Intel Core with Iris Xe graphics offers the world’s best processor for Chromebooks,” wrote Marcus Yam, Intel’s “technology evangelist,” in a post. blog.
The circuit maker plans to release more information on the new Chromebooks that use Intel technology in the coming months. The company is also tempted to certify some models with its new Evo platform, which has challenged PC vendors to create higher-performance notebooks.