AMD Makes Laptop, Chromebook Push With New Mobile Processors

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LAS VEGAS—AMD is making a push to get the company’s chips inside upcoming laptops, including Chromebooks, with a whole batch of new mobile processors.

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On Sunday, AMD announced a new family of second-generation Ryzen 3000 processors meant for both thin laptops and gaming notebooks. The company also wants to power Google Chromebooks with two 7th generation AMD A-series processors.

The chips promise to bring high performance, detailed graphics, and long battery life to new PCs, AMD said in a statement ahead of CES here. The chips also arrive as the company’s rival Intel has been forced to delay the launch of its next-generation 10-nanometer chips until the end of this year.

AMD’s own Ryzen 3000 processors have been built with a 12-nanometer process, which the company says can offer a laptop up to 10 hours of battery life on one charge. Most of the Ryzen 3000 processors are built with four cores and eight threads, and include AMD’s Radeon Vega integrated graphics. (Click the chart of the new chips for a bigger version.)

AMD Ryzen Chips Specs

The first laptops built with the new silicon will start arriving later this quarter. According to AMD, vendors such as Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Huawei, Lenovo, and Samsung all plan to release laptops with the new chips throughout the year.

The company’s A-series processors, on the other hand, will be used in Chromebooks from HP and Acer. AMD claims the chips will offer faster web browsing, email access, and photo-editing performance over Intel’s competing Pentium and Celeron processors.

AMD A Series Chips Specs

PCMag had a chance to try out the 14-inch AMD-based Chromebook from HP in advance of CES. It’ll retail for $ 249 and go on sale later this month.

To address lower-end laptops, AMD also announced a new Athlon 300U processor, which will be available to PC makers early this year.

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