AMD announces new Ryzen and Athlon 3000 chips for Chromebooks

Back at CES 2019, AMD first entered the Chromebook market with its low-end, dual-core A4 and A6 processors. It's been less than two years, but the lineup has already evolved, and the firm is announcing a refresh today with new Athlon 3000 and Ryzen 3000 chips. The processors will have a 'C' suffix, meaning that they're the Chrome OS variants of standard U-series chips.

This is all about making chips for Chromebooks at all tiers. Premium Chromebooks are becoming more popular, and Ryzen 3000C is there to meet that demand, with Athlon 3000C meeting the mid-range demand. Naturally, the A-series remains for the low-end.

At the top of the lineup is the Ryzen 7 3700C, which has four cores and eight threads with a 15W TDP. It also has 10 Radeon cores, and being that it's Ryzen 3000, it's a 12nm chip. There's also the Ryzen 5 3500C with a lower clock speed and eight Radeon cores, and the Ryzen 3 3250C, which is using the 14nm Zen architecture instead of Zen+.

For Athlon, which is compared more to Intel Pentium and Celeron, there's the Athlon Gold 3150C with two cores and four threads, and three Radeon cores. And finally, the Athlon Silver is dual-core with two threads. Both Athlon processors are based on the Zen architecture.

AMD says it has six new Ryzen Chromebook designs from HP, ASUS, and Lenovo coming in 2020.

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