AMD Ryzen 7020 ‘Mendocino’ CPUs want low-cost laptops to last all day long

From PC World: AMD launched “Mendocino” on Tuesday, the first of its Ryzen 7000 Mobile processors that will extend into 2023. These new U-series chips use older AMD Zen 2 technology that debuted in Ryzen 3000-series CPUs, but are built upon a refined 6nm manufacturing process optimized for both cost and all-day battery life.

AMD’s three new processors—the Ryzen 5 7520U, the Ryzen 3 7320U, and the Athlon Gold 7220U—are part of a family of the Mendocino family AMD first tipped at Computex. They’re aimed towards the low end of the mainstream computing segment. AMD identified three laptops that will use the new chips: the Lenovo IdeaPad 1, the HP 17-inch Laptop PC, and the Acer Aspire 3. They’ll begin shipping in the fourth quarter.

The new processors fit into a segment AMD calls “everyday computing,” the least powerful of the upcoming Ryzen 7000 processors AMD plans to introduce throughout 2023. Still, these presumably cheaper processors should account for a significant portion of AMD’s 2023 unit sales, given their low cost, and will be important as AMD hopes to expand its market share. According to Mercury Research, AMD’s share of the mobile processor market stands at 24.8 percent, up 4.8 percentage points from a year ago.

As AMD said at Computex, AMD hopes that its new Mendocino chip will redefine the low end of the computing market, offering fantastic battery life, solid graphics, and more.

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