Thanks to its processor success in 2020, AMD is the belle of the virtual CES ball this year, and the firm’s keynote address didn’t disappoint. And key among its announcements this year was the long-awaited Ryzen 5000 processor family for mobile.
“In 2020, approximately 300 million notebooks, desktops, and Chromebooks were sold,” AMD CEO Lisa Su said during the presentation, citing IDC data. (I’ll be averaging that with Gartner’s data soon for a clearer look at last year.) “That’s the highest number since 2014, and we expect demand to be even higher in 2021 as the PC continues playing an even larger role in our daily lives. We believe the PC has never been more essential.”
Last year, AMD surged forward on the strength of its Ryzen 4000 mobile processors and Ryzen 5000 desktop processor families. And now, as expected, the firm is launching its Ryzen 5000 processor family for mobile, which is powered by the same Zen 3 core as the Ryzen 5000 desktop chips.
AMD says this new core provides the industry’s best performance and energy efficiency, and it also represents the greatest generation-to-generation improvements since the company launched the first Zen architecture, with a 19 percent performance boost per core. And for mobile, Ryzen 5000 is the only solution that offers an 8-core x86 option for Ultrabooks and other ultrathin PCs.
The first Ryzen 5000-based portable PCs will appear in February, AMD says.