The latest line of ultra-thin laptops or notebooks from Xiaomi has been confirmed to be powered by an AMD mobile processor. The modified AMD processor within a new line of Xiaomi RedmiBook Notebooks could signal a diminishing market for Intel. The American chipmaker has so far dominated the ultra-thin and performance laptop market.
Following Microsoft’s footsteps, the upcoming Xiaomi RedmiBook ultra-thin laptop series too will pack an interesting System on a Chip from AMD that’s been modified, tweaked and optimized for a mobile or portable computing platform. Simply put, AMD has successfully managed to enter the laptop market. Moreover, the company has clearly indicated that it can cater to the specific needs of laptop makers. AMD could now accelerate the development of mobile CPUs that have a much lower TDP and higher GPU performance without sacrificing battery life.
Xiaomi RedmiBook To Feature An AMD Mobile Processor:
The Microsoft Surface Event was quite a significant one for multiple reasons. The company not only launched a refreshed line of Surface laptops but took a giant technological leap with Surface Duo and Surface Neo. Microsoft’s foldable smartphone running Android may have been the highlight of the Surface Event, but it was a great occasion for AMD as well. The chipmaker, which was hereto making processors for desktops and servers, will now also build processors that are meant for laptops, notebooks, and ultra-thin, portable computing devices as well.
AMD’s processors powering ultra-thin notebooks is certainly a giant and significant leap for the company which worked primarily in the desktop, server and GPU market. The company has been making some confident strides in several key aspects in which Intel has traditionally dominated. In fact, after collaborating with Taiwan’s TSMC, AMD is racing ahead with the production of the latest processors and APUs that would be fabricated on the 7nm fabrication process.
Although Intel has long perfected the 14nm fabrication process, it has been facing trouble graduating to the 10nm production line. If the latest claims are to be believed, Intel may simply abandon the production process entirely, and skip ahead to the 7nm fabrication process. However, doing so will entitle significant delay. In the recent past, Intel had requested Samsung to manufacture its processors owing to technical hurdles.
AMD Processors In Microsoft Surface Series And Xiaomi RedmiBook To Be Problem For Intel?
AMD Ryzen 3700U derivative, called the Ryzen 3780U, is the new custom AMD processor that will power one of Microsoft’s latest Surface series notebooks. The new processor has been clearly developed and optimized for the specific needs of portable computing devices. The Ryzen 3780U and the subsequent processors from AMD will have exceptionally low TDP, ranging from 15W to 45W.
The Ryzen 3780U, in particular, has 20mm Z-height and 1.2 teraflops of graphics performance. As compared to AMD’s desktop-grade processors, these are certainly not high specifications. However, as far as ultra-thin, convertible, foldable and portable computing devices are concerned, the new AMD processors should offer reliable performance during regular use and the occasional boost for casual gaming. Moreover, the low TDP will push battery life without heavily impacting performance.
It is not immediately clear if Xiaomi has opted for the same AMD mobile processor as Microsoft. However, according to a report, the AMD processor powering the upcoming RedmiBook will be Ryzen 5 3550H. The AMD chipset can reportedly support eight threads, has a 2.1GHz base clock frequency and 35W TDP. The other specifications of the upcoming Xiaomi RedmiBook include an AMD’s Radeon Vega 8 as its GPU. The new RedmiBook will launch on October 21. Xiaomi hasn’t officially acknowledged or revealed detailed specifications of the new RedmiBook.