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AMD Ryzen Pro Boss Talks ‘Phenomenal’ Lenovo Partnership, H-Series Expansion
The head of AMD’s commercial client business talks to CRN about what’s new in the Ryzen Pro 6000 CPUs coming out this year, AMD’s ‘phenomenal’ partnership with Lenovo on the new ThinkPad Z laptops and why Ryzen Pro is expanding to H-series models for mobile workstations.
Can you talk about the decision-making that went into creating this lineup, including the introduction of the H-series to the Ryzen Pro lineup?
I think there’s a handful of considerations that go into that. First and foremost, as we look across a growing portfolio of products and bringing our products into more and more premium solutions, we want to make sure that we have all of the options to deliver the right performance and the right user experience depending on those platforms. Our U-class of products, those are configurable from 15 watts for traditional notebooks – both in the consumer and commercial notebook space – up to 28 watts. We’ve addressed that entire space with our U-class of products, so it’s very straightforward for our customers and users to be able to take the part and really tune it into the performance level that they want based on any given platform.
As we think about the H-class of products, that is a space that we see an increasingly large number of platforms really going after creators, kind of that mobile workstation space on the consumer side, obviously with gaming as well. There’s just a lot of demand in that space right now, and there’s a lot of new platforms that are coming out to market in that space. The way I think about it is, our U-class of products really fit into that classic, ultra-thin, really good performance, best-in-class battery life experience. Those H-class products are still going to deliver leadership perf-per-watt, but they’re really going to extend the performance into some of those spaces like that mobile workstation creator space where people just want a little bit more capability.
Were you hearing about regarding the need for this more creator-class or workstation-class of laptop?
I think there’s a lot of feedback right now in the industry about wanting to find solutions that meet this changing need of what our PC is supposed to be. So if we take a step back, and we think about this hybrid world we’re in, there are a lot of users that used to have a desktop, and now they need something that’s a little bit more transportable. And so that is one of a number of places where we are seeing demand for these kind of creator boxes that have more of that desktop-capable performance and scalability, but it’s something that can move around. But we still see very, very strong demand in that U-class of products, which, especially in the enterprise space for your classic kind of workhorse enterprise notebook, that’s still where we expect the bulk of that volume to go.