AMD forges alliance with Qualcomm.
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.
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