AMD teases new “Dragon Range” processors for high-end gaming laptops
With the release of its Q1 2022 financial resultsAMD also revealed plans for its upcoming Ryzen 7000 Zen 4 series laptop processors, as seen in a slide tweeted by the old Anandtech editor Dr. Ian Curess. It plans to target “extreme gaming laptops” with the new “Dragon Range” series, promising the “highest core, thread and cache ever for a mobile gaming processor.” It also unveiled the Phoenix series for thin and light gaming laptops.
The Dragon range features a TDP >55 watts and is designed for laptops over 20mm thick which are largely designed to be used while plugged in, The edge reported. They will feature PCIe 5 architecture and DDR5 RAM, although some models may run with more efficient but less capable LPDDR5, AMD told Curess.
As with the Ryzen 9 4900HS chip, the Dragon lineup will use the “HS” suffix. Despite the relatively high TDP of 55 watts, they will be “significantly more energy efficient than other laptops in this concurrent period”, according to AMD technical marketing manager Robert Hallock.
Alongside the Dragon lineup, AMD will launch Ryzen 7000 Zen 4 “Phoenix” series APUs designed for thin and light laptops under 20mm thick with TDPs of 35-45 watts. These will also use a PCIe 5 architecture, but mostly come with LPDDR5 RAM. As with the Dragon range, some models could also use DDR5 memory.
Ryzen 7000 will launch for the first time on desktop later this year with the Raphael series, replacing the Ryzen 5000 line. These will be the first Zen 4, AM5 platform chips using TSMC’s 5-nanometer process node to arrive in the mainstream market. AMD didn’t reveal any further details about the Dragon Range and Phoenix laptop chips, but they’re expected to launch in 2023.
On the earnings side, AMD beat market expectations with revenue of $5.89 billion, a 71% year-over-year sales increase. It also said that starting next quarter, it would split gaming into a separate financial segment showing sales of console chips (PS5, Xbox Series X, etc.) as well as Radeon graphics for PC as part of a single gaming company, separate from Ryzen. fries. The company will explain all of this in more detail next month.