AMD launches new Ryzen 5000 series to power next-gen Chromebooks

On the heels of impressive Q1 2022 results, Santa Clara, Calif.-based AMD today announced its C-Series Ryzen 5000 processors for the high-end Chromebook segment, targeting an ever-hungry professional market. home-office hybrid workplaces.

The new processors, based on AMD’s Zen 3 architecture, are expected to deliver up to 67% faster responsiveness and up to 85% better graphics performance than the previous generation. Four new chips have been released with between three and eight cores and a boost frequency of up to 4.5 GHz, including the Ryzen 3 5125, Ryzen 3 5425, Ryzen 5 5625C, and Ryzen 7 5825C.

The company reported its fiscal 2022 first-quarter results on Tuesday with total revenue of $5.9 billion, a 71% year-over-year increase (including revenue from its recent acquisition of Xilinx) which shrugged off early signs of a slowdown in the consumer PC market. “Our focus remains on the premium, gaming and commercial segments of the market,” AMD CEO Lisa Su said on the earnings call.

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Mike Turicchi, vice president of Gaineville, Va.-based NCS Technologies (a partner of HP Inc.), said in an interview with CRN that AMD’s new Ryzen 5000 processors will help meet growing demand for Chromebooks. more powerful for businesses. Supply chain issues have also resulted in a lack of inventory for Chromebooks. And interest in low-end Chromebooks is starting to wane as needs change in the education segment.

“We’re seeing increased interest and demand for high-end Chromebooks,” Turicchi said. “In fact, we are struggling to find enough inventory of (Intel) i7 models to meet our current needs. AMD’s launch is timely and necessary for healthy competition. End users also want the performance and features of a business laptop on Chrome devices. This is an exciting development for us as a reseller, as Chromebooks have always been low-cost, low-margin products.”

“AMD is raising the performance bar for modern Chromebooks,” Saeid Moshkelani, AMD’s senior vice president and general manager for the customer business unit, said in a statement. “With up to eight cores, Ryzen 5000 C-Series processors give Chromebook users the flexibility to stay unplugged all day without sacrificing performance and productivity.”

The new chips will be introduced first in laptops from Google, HP and Acer.

“We are working closely with AMD to power a next generation of Chromebooks for consumer and commercial markets,” John Solomon, vice president and general manager of Chrome OS at Google, said in a statement. “These Chromebooks, powered by AMD’s new Ryzen 5000 C-Series processors, are designed for greater efficiency, reliable performance, and extended battery life to enable increased collaborative productivity in Google Workspace and other mission-critical apps. for enterprise on Chrome OS.”

Acer Wednesday launched the Chromebook Spin 514 with the new chips. “This next generation of Chromebooks is a great example of what a collaborative industry partnership can deliver – excellence in compute performance, graphics, battery life and design,” said James Lin, CEO of laptops and computer products from Acer, in a statement.

HP will use the new Ryzen chips in its HP Elite c645 G2 Chromebook Enterprise. “HP is committed to delivering innovative solutions for critical workers and eager learners in today’s hybrid work environments,” said Alex Thatcher, director of cloud customer planning, commercial systems, at HP. in a blog post. He said the new machine “will enable even more performance, efficiency and improved connectivity, delivering a great experience no matter where and how you work and learn.”