Always-on LTE connectivity coming soon to a Ryzen-powered laptop near you

AMD will soon launch Ryzen SoCs with integrated LTE modems. (Source: Qualcomm)
AMD will soon launch Ryzen SoCs with integrated LTE modems. (Source: Qualcomm)
AMD announced its partnership with Qualcomm to integrate the latter's X16 LTE modem on Ryzen APUs, thereby, bringing always-on LTE connectivity to high-performance notebooks.

At the second annual Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit in Hawaii, AMD today announced its partnership with Qualcomm to bring LTE capabilities into its Ryzen APUs. AMD's corporate vice president and general manager, Client Computing, Kevin Lensing, took to the stage to detail how eventful the year 2017 has been to the company and said that AMD was prototyping a Ryzen APU that includes the Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE modem onboard. 

He said, 

AMD and Qualcomm Technologies have a long history of working together to deliver computing solutions based on AMD processor and Qualcomm Technologies modem solutions, and we are very excited to extend that work to platforms based on the newly announced Ryzen™ mobile processor with Radeon™ Vega graphics. OEMs can now build Always Connected PC’s with AMD Ryzen mobile processors and Qualcomm Technologies’ industry leading connectivity technologies, delivering an unprecedented combination of desktop-class performance and virtually always-on connectivity in an ultrathin notebook.”

Having always-on LTE on premium ultrabooks will surely be embraced by many. The slew of new Snapdragon 835 based PCs, although great with respect to battery life and portability, do not offer the performance advantages of a traditional x86-64 platform such as AMD or Intel. With the possible integration of the X16 LTE modem directly on the Ryzen APU, we might soon see a new class of always connected high-end notebooks next year. We will be following these developments closely so stay tuned.



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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2017-12- 5 (Update: 2017-12- 5)
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.