AMD has just announced a revision to their mobile CPU roadmap, introducing an “extreme gaming laptop CPU” code-named “Dragon Range” for 2023. This announcement was made during a press conference during which the company revealed its second quarter 2022 earnings, which totaled $5.9 billion in revenue and $786 million in net income.
The Dragon Range, like the previous “Raphael” desktop CPU, will be based on the company’s Zen 4 architecture, which was unveiled at CES 2022. Though the brand has not confirmed the nomenclature, the Ryzen 7000 CPU showed off earlier this year is expected to be from the Raphel family and will be released before the end of 2022.
In a separate development, AMD’s CPUs for gaming laptops will be Dragon Range and “Phoenix” in 2023. The chip manufacturer describes the Dragon Range as a CPU for “extreme gaming laptops” thicker than 20mm, and the Phoenix Range as a CPU for thin-and-light gaming laptops. The Dragon Range claims to have the “largest core, thread, and cache ever for a mobile gaming CPU.”
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The Dragon Range will support DDR4 memory and PCI Express 5, and will consume more than 55 watts. On the other hand, the Phoenix will support LPDDR5 memory and PCI Express 5 and will consume between 35W and 45W, depending on the model.
When revealing the Dragon line, AMD’s technical marketing director, Robert Hallock, stated that the company is attempting to achieve the peak of gaming performance. “We intend to have both gaming and multi-thread performance leadership”, says the team. He also stated that the Dragon Range will have an “HX” suffix, indicating that it is a premium processor.
Robert Hallock further said, “The big takeaway here is that the Dragon Range part… that’s a new area for us, a new type of SoC for use in our portfolio, and that’s a direct result of that leaning into [the] premium market.”