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AMD expands Chromebook APU offerings with new Zen-based Athlon C and Zen+-based Ryzen C SKUs; 14+ shipping designs expected from OEMs this year

AMD Zen+ Ryzen processors are now available for Chromebooks. (Image Source: AMD)
AMD Zen+ Ryzen processors are now available for Chromebooks. (Image Source: AMD)
AMD has announced the expansion of its Chromebook-focused lineup to include 14 nm Zen-based Athlon and 12 nm Zen+-based Ryzen processors. The new APUs for Chromebooks allow Chrome OS users to run more capable apps natively or via Linux. These processors, which carry a "C" moniker in the branding, will cater to more than 14 upcoming Chromebook designs from HP, Asus, Lenovo, and other OEMs.

AMD first announced exclusive processors for Chromebooks back at CES 2019, which included the AMD A4-9120C and the AMD A6 9220C based on the Stoney Ridge cores. Today, AMD is also bringing the Zen core to Chromebooks with the Athlon 3000 C and Ryzen 3000 C processors. AMD's Chromebook offerings are being segregated into the entry-level A Series, mid-level Athlon with Radeon graphics, and Premium-level Ryzen with Radeon graphics essentially extending the Chromebook APU range from 6 W to 15 W.

The Ryzen lineup for Chromebooks is comprised of the 2C/4T Ryzen 3 3250C, 4C/8T Ryzen 5 3500C, and the 4C/8T Ryzen 7 3700C. These are 12 nm Zen+ cores and feature the same integrated Radeon Vega graphics as we've seen with the Zen+ APUs for Windows/Linux notebooks. AMD said that these APUs should provide enough horsepower for those who wish to run Linux on Chromebooks and for running more powerful apps than what are normally found in the Chrome OS store.

AMD is also offering the 14 nm Zen-based Athlon SKUs for Chromebooks. OEMs can select between the 2C/2T Athlon Silver 3050C and the 2C/4T Athlon Gold 3150C. More details of all the available Athlon and Ryzen C-series SKUs are given in the slide below.

AMD claims that Ryzen-powered Chromebooks can offer up to 153% higher performance compared to last year's A6-9220C in Speedometer 2.0, up to 163% in Kraken 1.1, and up to 178% in Octane 2.0. Ryzen for Chromebooks is also cut-out for productivity and AMD said that gains from the Ryzen 7 3700C compared to the A6-9220C can be up to 151% in 3DMark Slingshot, up to 104% in PCMark Writing, and up to 153% in PCMark Photo Editing. These tests were apparently performed on a reference Acer Chromebook Zada configured with a Ryzen 3700C.

AMD expects OEMs such as Asus, Lenovo, HP, and more to add six new Ryzen C and Athlon C-powered Chromebook designs this year bringing the total AMD-powered Chromebook offerings to 14 and above.

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2020-09-22 (Update: 2020-09-22)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.