AMD announces new semi-custom Ryzen SoC for Chinese PC makers
We mentioned a few months ago that AMD is becoming increasingly reliant on semi-custom SoC solutions for clients like Sony, Microsoft, and even Intel for products like the Playstation 4, Xbox One, and the Hades Canyon NUC, respectively. The move allows AMD to thrive in a relatively untouched graphics market where competition with Nvidia is essentially non-existent. This latest announcement shows AMD doubling down on its SoC efforts by expanding the technology for potentially more partners.
As revealed by the AMD press release, the chipmaker has created a new SoC that combines a Ryzen CPU with a Vega GPU for the Chinese PC company Zhongshan Subor. The manufacturer will utilize the SoC for its upcoming console-sized mini PC unveiled this week at the China Digital Entertainment Expo. The yet-to-be-named gaming console is expected to launch later this year with its own customized OS.
It will be interesting to see how the new Ryzen-Vega SoC will perform when compared against the older Jaguar-based SoCs of the Playstation 4 and Xbox One. An analysis by Eurogamer is claiming that the Subor gaming machine will have both "PS4-like" graphics and the ability to run console titles at twice the frame rate because of the significantly improved CPU horsepower. After all, the Jaguar architecture was designed primarily for use on tablets and low-power laptops.
There are currently no plans to launch the Subor gaming console outside of Asia. Nonetheless, it certainly gives us an idea of what the next generation Sony and Microsoft consoles may carry. The latest Playstation 5 rumors have been pointing towards a similar Ryzen-based SoC but with a GPU from the newer AMD Navi microarchitecture.