AMD has confirmed that a new class of laptop processors will arrive in 2023 for the company’s upcoming Ryzen 7000 line. The series, named Dragon Range, targets 55 watts and above and is designed to target the most high-end gaming laptops.
It will be built on AMD’s Zen 4 architecture, although the company did not comment on the manufacturing process during its press conference. Robert Hallock, AMD’s technical marketing director, said the company “aims to have gaming and multi-threading leadership” with the product.
Although AMD won’t confirm the manufacturing process, Zen 4 is expected to arrive using chipmaker TSMC’s 5nm node. It’s possible that AMD uses different manufacturing processes for the different lines of laptops and desktops, although the company hasn’t done so in the past.
The series fits into AMD’s next generation above Phoenix processors, which will be between 35W and 45W. Additionally, AMD is working on its Ryzen 7000 desktop processors, named Raphael. It is not known now if these processors will ship the 3D V-Cache technology that AMD recently presented on the Ryzen 7 5800X3D.
In the briefing, AMD also reconfirmed that its Ryzen 7000 desktop processors will arrive in the second half of 2022 with support for DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 memory. The Dragon Range and Phoenix mobile processors will arrive in 2023. It’s unclear when the chips will arrive, but AMD’s briefing suggests they will follow around the start of the year.
While details are scarce, AMD says it’s aiming for the “highest core, thread, and cache ever for a mobile gaming processor.”
The revelation follows a record quarter for AMD, where the company reported revenue up 71% on the year. For Radeon and Ryzen products, in particular, AMD says it’s up 33% year over year. Much of that was driven by Ryzen 6000 sales, according to AMD, although the company still saw record sales from GPUs and add-on board partners.
AMD has established itself as the leader in gaming processors, despite Intel’s impressive 12th Gen Alder Lake build. The next-gen brings platform features like next-gen PCIe and DDR5 memory, which are missing from AMD’s current-gen Ryzen 5000 offerings.
AMD was tight-lipped about the new lineup, though we expect to hear more about Ryzen 7000 later in the year.