Ahead of tomorrow’s big CES keynote, AMD is offering a spoiler of sorts for one of their product announcements. As it turns out, one of AMD’s forthcoming products, the Ryzen 6000 Series Mobile processor lineup, is receiving a CES innovation award. And since those awards are being announced this evening, ahead of the show, so too is the Ryzen 6000 Mobile series.

While AMD is clearly saving the bulk of the details for tomorrow’s presentation, for this evening they are revealing a few key details. First and foremost, AMD’s latest generation of mobile APUs is getting a significant upgrade in terms of graphics support, with AMD (finally) replacing the Vega GPU architecture with their current-generation RDNA2 GPU architecture. Along with supporting numerous additional graphics features – namely, the DirectX 12 Ultimate feature set – RDNA2 also introduced some significant energy efficiency and computational throughput improvements to AMD’s GPU architecture, which has made AMD’s latest generation of discrete parts among the most competitive in generations.

Curiously, no similar mention is made of the underlying CPU architecture. However, since we’re not expecting Zen 4 until later this year, it stands to reason that these new mobile chips are based around the Zen 3 CPU architecture, just like the current Ryzen 5000 chips.

AMD Ryzen Mobile APU Generations
AnandTech CPU Arch GPU Arch Memory Types Year
Ryzen 6000 Mobile Zen 3? RDNA2 DDR5 / LPDDR5? 2022
Ryzen 5000 Mobile (Cezanne) Zen 3 Vega DDR4 / LPDDR4X 2021
Ryzen 4000 Mobile (Renoir) Zen 2 Vega DDR4 / LPDDR4X 2020

AMD’s brief announcement also touts support for newer memory standards, specifically “DDR5 technologies.” All of AMD’s current-generation APUs are currently based around DDR4/LPDDR4, so the move to DDR5 will offer a significant boost to total memory bandwidth, something that should pair very well with the increased iGPU capabilities of the Ryzen 6000 Mobile parts. Notably, LPDDR5 isn’t explicitly mentioned alongside DDR5, but this is clearly a less-than-complete detailing of the chips’ architecture.

Finally, the award announcement also confirms that the new Ryzen processors will integrate a Microsoft Pluton-architecture hardware security processor. As well, the chips come with what AMD is calling “AI-audio processing,” which we’ll no doubt hear more about tomorrow.

And with that, we’ll have more tomorrow. Join us at 7am PT (15:00 UTC) for our live blog coverage of AMD’s CES 2022 keynote, where we should hear all about the Ryzen 6000 Mobile series and more.

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  • Amandtec - Tuesday, January 4, 2022 - link

    How many years of bonkers is it now? Bitcoin is 12 years old, I believe.
  • flgt - Tuesday, January 4, 2022 - link

    Agree, the next big chunk of Intel’s market share AMD needs to attack is corporate PC’s, and I think iGPU’s make a lot of sense there. You can seen them starting to improve other needed features such as centralized PC management.
  • uefi - Monday, January 3, 2022 - link

    So with Microsoft Pluton always online DRM, are users limited to boot only Microsoft sanctioned OSes and possibly lose access to their system when internet access is down? Hardware as a service is creeping in isn't it?
  • Karaqx - Tuesday, January 4, 2022 - link

    I love paying thousands of dollars for something that I have no control over it and I'm not allowed to make some changes to it.
    Take my money and my choice, big tech. Tech 'em both
  • Gothmoth - Tuesday, January 4, 2022 - link

    get a clue what pluton is.... you either can have security or total freedom.
    TPM was once the end of all PC freedom when it was introduced. people with no knowledge wrote articles how it wll prevent you from playing downloaded videos etc. i use TPM for years and nothing of these scenarios came true.

    when windows is vulnerable the people scream. when they bring security features the people scream.
  • Amandtec - Tuesday, January 4, 2022 - link

    We need an abbreviation - Rootkit on a Chip = RkoC.
  • lemurbutton - Tuesday, January 4, 2022 - link

    This is a pretty boring launch when Apple has the M series and will debut M2 at around the same time these new CPUs make it to laptops.

    AMD has to catch up to Intel before touching Apple.
  • arashi - Tuesday, January 4, 2022 - link

    Gondaft is this you?
  • James5mith - Tuesday, January 4, 2022 - link

    "which has made AMD’s latest generation of discrete parts among the most competitive in generations."


    Competitive against 1 other competitor. They are still 2nd.
  • CrystalCowboy - Tuesday, January 4, 2022 - link

    I saw one article elsewhere claiming this chip was 6nm rather than 7nm. Can you verify or counter that? Thx

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