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AMD Embedded+ architecture combines AMD Embedded with Versal Adaptive chips

AMD is launching a new platform called Ryzen Embedded+ that combines two of the chip maker’s existing technologies into a “single integrated board” for products that leverage AI features for on-device processing from sensors, cameras, and other hardware. In a nutshell, Embedded+ boards combine an AMD Ryzen Embedded processor with an AMD Versal adaptive, software-programmable […]

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MINISFORUM EM780 palm-sized PC with Ryzen 7 7840U is now available

The MINISFORUM EM780 is a tiny desktop computer with the heart of a decent laptop (but a smaller footprint, more full-sized ports, and no built-in screen, battery, or keyboard). First unveiled in June, 2023, the MINISFORUM EM780 recently went up for pre-order in select markets including Europe, Japan, and China. Now it’s also available in the US. […]

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AMD claims its Ryzen 7 8840U can still beat Intel’s Core Ultra 7 155H (in some cases), despite using the same CPU & GPU as the previous-gen 7840U

AMD’s Ryzen 8040 “Hawk Point” series mobile processors are very similar to the company’s previous-gen Ryzen 7040 “Phoenix” series when it comes to CPU and GPU technology, core counts, and frequencies. The biggest difference is that the new chips have a neural processing unit that’s 60% faster, enabling better support for on-device AI processing. But […]

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AMD brings Radeon 700M (RDNA 3) iGPUs to desktops with Ryzen 8000G chips

AMD is bringing the technology behind its Ryzen 8040 mobile processors to desktops with the launch of the new Ryzen 8000G line of chips. Like their mobile counterparts, these processors combine Zen 4 CPU cores and Radeon 700M integrated graphics featuring RDNA 3 GPU cores, which the company says enables desktop gaming without a discrete […]

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Handheld gaming PC makers are already moving to Ryzen 8040U (even though it’s nearly identical to Ryzen 7040U)

AMD’s Ryzen 7040U chips have proven very popular with handheld gaming PC makers this year, thanks to their blend of AMD Zen 4 CPU cores and RDNA 3 integrated graphics. But now that AMD has introduced its next-gen chips, we’re starting to see handheld gaming PC makers announce plans to launch models with Ryzen 8040U […]

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This “laptop” has a 64-core AMD EPYC processor

AMD may advertise its EPYC processors as being made for servers, but that wasn’t about to stop one Chinese OEM from putting them into a (somewhat) portable PC. The REV-9 series from Zhanjiang Xinjuneng Technology is portable computer that I’m reluctant to call a laptop, because it’s probably too heavy to comfortably use on your […]

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AMD’s Ryzen 8040 Mobile “Hawk Point” chips bring AI improvements… and not much else

When AMD’s Ryzen 7040 Mobile “Phoenix” processors launched earlier this year, they offered a lot of bang for the buck by combining up to 8 Zen 4 CPU cores with up to 12 RDNA 3 GPU compute units. They’re also the first x86 chips to feature an integrated NPU (neural processing unit) for on-device AI […]

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MINISFORUM V3 is a 2-in-1 tablet a 28W AMD Ryzen processor and a 165 Hz display (coming in Q1, 2024)

MINISFORUM is best known for making small desktop computers, but the company plans to launch a high-performance 2-in-1 tablet early next year. It’s called the MINISFORUM V3 tablet, and it will have a 28-watt AMD Ryzen processor, a 14 inch, 2.5K 165 Hz display, support for up to 32GB of RAM, two USB4 ports, and […]

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AMD’s newest Ryzen 7040U mobile chips feature smaller Zen 4c CPU cores

The new AMD Ryzen 5 7545U and Ryzen 3 7440U chips are the first laptop processors to feature AMD’s new Zen 4c CPU cores, which first debuted earlier this year in some of the company’s EPYC server chips and the entry-level AMD Ryzen Z1 chip for handheld gaming PCs. So what makes a Zen 4c processor core different from […]

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Lilbits: NVIDIA and AMD to make ARM chips for Windows PCs?

It was big news when Microsoft announced in 2016 that it was bringing its desktop Windows operating system to computers with ARM chips made by Qualcomm. But seven years later most Windows on ARM computers to date have offered underwhelming performance and/or high price tags (or both), making them niche devices at best. That could change […]

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Lilbits: SD Express cards with 2GB/s speeds, AMD Threadripper chips with up to 96 cores and 192 threads

SD Express cards are removable storage cards that can fit in the same slot as other SD or microSD cards. But thanks to support for PCIe and NVMe interfaces, they can offer much higher data transfer speeds. And now the SD Association has unveiled a new version of the SD specification which doubles the top […]

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Samsung says Exynos 2400 chip with AMD RDNA 3 graphics will deliver big performance gains

Samsung says its upcoming Exynos 2400 mobile processor will bring a 1.7X boost in CPU performance compared to last year’s Exynos 2200 processor, while delivering up to 14.7 times the AI performance. The chip will also feature an Xclipse 940 integrated GPU based on AMD RDNA 3 architecture. That’s… about all that Samsung is officially […]