AMD and Qualcomm Team Up To Introduce Gigabit LTE Devices Under The Ryzen Mobility Platform


In a surprise appearance at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit, AMD showed up to announce that it will be rolling out a line of products utilizing a Gigabit LTE modem by Snapdragon on the Ryzen Mobility platform. This is a very interesting update from AMD and showcases that it is going all out on seeding its brand new x86 ecosystem as far as humanly possible - and for all intents and purposes, succeeding at it.

AMD announces Gigabit LTE powered devices in collaboration with Qualcomm

There seems to be quite a lot of confusion surrounding the announcement and I have sen very big names mixing up the details with the previously released Snapdragon 845 powered PCs. As the name Ryzen Mobility suggests, these devices will not be the same as the Snapdragon 845 powered ones - that's a completely seperate announcement although one just as major (probably even more so). While the Snapdragon 845 powered PCs represent the first ever Windows 10 on ARM initiative, the LTE modem on x86 tables has been done before (notably by Intel).

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So where can you expect to see this Ryzen Mobility + Gigabit LTE combo? Well, this is something you will see either in netbooks or in 2 in 1s. Both of which are decidedly low power applications and those that could benefit greatly from a cellular modem in the mix. According to the specs, you should be bale to download a movie within 30 secs, which is just another way of saying the speed is going to be roughly 128 MB/s maximum theoretically and assuming the size of a standard DVD.

The announcement was made by Kevin Lensing, CVP and GM of the Client Business Unit at AMD. Qualcomm has a good history with AMD (they bought their GPU division from them) so it is not particularly surprising that they would chose to partner up with them to roll out their LTE powered devices. Contrary to what some publications have been labeling it as, the Ryzen Mobility platform is not high end (not even AMD claims it so) but represents one of the strongest sources of revenue that AMD has a shot at with its new uArch. In fact, The Ryzen mobility APUs (2700u and 2500u) could singlehandedly land it one of the biggest market share increases of all segments. That they caught Intel off-guard would be an understatement.

AMD Mobile Ryzen APUs with Radeon Vega Graphics

ModelCPU CoresThreadsMax Clock (GHz)Graphics Compute UnitsTotal GCN Stream ProcessorsMax GPU Clock (MHz)L2/L3 Cache (MB)cTDP (Watts)
Ryzen 5 2400G with Radeon Vega 11483.9 GHz11704 SPs1250 MHz6 MB65W-35W (Variable)
Ryzen 3 2200G with Radeon Vega 8443.7 GHz8512 SPs1100 MHz4 MB65W-35W (Variable)
Ryzen 7 2800H with Radeon Vega 11483.7 GHz11704 SPsTBC6 MB35W Nominal
Ryzen 5 2600H with Radeon Vega 8483.6 GHz8512 SPsTBC6 MB35W Nominal
Ryzen 7 2700U with Radeon Vega 10483.8 GHz10640 SPs1300 MHz6 MB15W Nominal
Ryzen 5 2500U with Radeon Vega 8483.6 GHz8512 SPs1100 MHz6 MB15W Nominal
Ryzen 3 2300U with Radeon Vega 6443.4 GHz6384 SPs1100 MHz4 MB15W Nominal

The performance of these parts is incredible. Historically, Intel has had a clear monopoly on the mobile sector due its chips having the clear performance lead. This time around however, it appears that AMD just might have managed to do the impossible. If the official numbers are to be believed than the Ryzen 2700U is so powerful that it can beat out a 91W TDP Kaby Lake based Core i5 7600k. That is absolutely insane. I am cautious in saying this, but I think AMD might actually have the perfect must-have mobility chip of this generation in mobile. There are sure to sell like hotcakes in the laptop market if the official claims are anywhere close to the truth  - and we have no reason to suspect they aren't considering AMD has delivered on its Ryzen and Threadripper claims in the past.