AMD forges alliance with Qualcomm
Move to produce always-connected Ryzen mobile products
Chip designer AMD recently made an appearance at Qualcomm's Snapdragon Tech Summit, where Kevin Lensing, corporate vice president and general manager of the Client Business Unit, announced that the company has partnered with Qualcomm to produce "Always Connected" Ryzen mobile products.
Qualcomm is launched its Windows 10 on ARM initiative at the summit, so AMD's surprising appearance to announce new capabilities with its x86 processors seemed somewhat out of place, but an important development. AMD announced that it is using Qualcomm's LTE modems to construct "Always Connected" 4G LTE PCs with AMD's Ryzen mobile platform.
AMD did not announce any specific products, but stated that it has infused Qualcomm's Snapdragon 4G LTE modem into its Ryzen mobile reference test platform. AMD has worked with Qualcomm engineering to do full testing, optimisation, and validation of the combination of the two components.
AMD plans to bring the solution to its OEM partners to drive Always Connected client notebooks with Gigabit LTE speeds to market.
Qualcomm and Microsoft's drive to bring Snapdragon 835-powered devices to market hinges on two central themes: always-connected connectivity and trading some performance for superior battery life.
AMD's Ryzen mobile processors have proven to offer competitive performance with Intel's Kaby Lake-Refresh processors, as AMD's compute power opens up another front in the apparent war against Intel's market dominance.
The new Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 PCs also present a threat to AMD's products, so establishing its own Always Connected functionality is important for the chipmaker to remain competitive.