The AMD 7020C processor series will include four models with two or four Zen 2 cores. The “flagship” of the Ryzen 5 7520C family has four cores and a maximum frequency of up to 4.3 GHz. The slowest variant belongs to the Athlon family (Silver 7120C) and has only two cores without multithreading support and runs at up to 3.5 GHz. Each processor has integrated Radeon 610M graphics with two processing units (128 stream processors).
AMD claims the 7020C series Chromebooks will offer up to 19.5 hours of battery life. That’s 28% more than the competition, which is one of the key features of this new processor. It should be noted that these processors are based on the rather old Zen 2 architecture, although they are manufactured using the 6nm process. However, the integrated graphics feature a newer RDNA2 architecture, although not intended for gaming.
AMD compared its latest 7020C APUs to the Zen-based Ryzen 3000C series and some MediaTek Kompanio mobile SoCs, which are also found in Chromebooks. The manufacturer states that its Ryzen 5 7320C processor is 1.6 times faster on average and offers up to 15% performance increase over competing products (MediaTek) while delivering longer battery life (varies by model).
The main advantages of choosing AMD processors for Chromebooks include support for 4K displays (at 60 Hz) with Radeon 610M graphics on RDNA2, support for fast LPDDR5 RAM, support for Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 and advanced security features. Only two products based on the new chips have been announced so far: the ASUS Chromebook CM32 Flip and the Dell Latitude 3445, according to AMD these Chromebooks will be available later this quarter.
“We were impressed by the combination of raw performance and efficiency that AMD has brought to various Chromebooks. John Solomon, vice president and general manager of ChromeOS at Google, said. — We look forward to the AMD 7020 C-Series processors continuing this excellent track record. As the number of apps, new features, and hardware in ChromeOS continues to grow, we rely on AMD chips to provide our users with a seamless, secure, and privacy-friendly experience.”