AMD, Qualcomm join forces to combine Ryzen APUs with Snapdragon LTE modems on laptops
Technology leaders AMD and Qualcomm revealed at the 2nd Snapdragon Technology Summit in Hawaii that they are working together to combine high-performance Ryzen mobile processors with fast Internet connectivity through Snapdragon LTE modem solutions on ultrathin laptops. AMD's presence at the conference manifests the company's sustaining campaign for its Ryzen CPUs and return to high-end computing, though no specific laptop models were presented, such as in the case of the NovaGo from ASUS and the ENVY x2 from HP, both of which are powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 platform.
Previously codenamed as Raven Bridge and launched in late October this year, AMD's current Ryzen processors for laptops consist of quad-core models Ryzen 5 2500U (2GHz base clock/3.6GHz max turbo clock) and the Ryzen 2700U (2.2GHz base clock/3.8GHz max turbo clock), both of which are coupled with Radeon Vega graphics processor. Combining these AMD mobile solutions with Qualcomm's Snapdragon LTE modem offerings on laptops promises improvement not only on CPU and GPU performance, but also on Internet connectivity and battery life.
AMD's Vice President and General Manager for Client Computing Kevin Lensing, who was present at the opening keynote of the Summit said: “Both AMD and Qualcomm have shown a consistent commitment to delivering products that redefine next-generation mobile user experiences. OEMs around the world will now be able to combine the recently announced AMD Ryzen mobile processors with Qualcomm Technologies’ leading wireless solutions via their Snapdragon LTE modem family to achieve new levels of performance, connectivity and capability for ultrathin notebook PCs.”
“Qualcomm Technologies believes the Always Connected PC is the future of personal computing, and we are working with AMD to bring each company’s expertise to bear for these exciting products. Combining AMD processors with our cutting-edge LTE connectivity technology results in Always Connected Client Notebooks for consumers in a mobile-first future," Qualcomm's Senior Vice President and General Manager for Mobile Alex Katouzian added.