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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.
I wanted to talk about the AMD-Lenovo collaboration on the new ThinkPad Z laptops. What did that engagement involve? Has AMD done anything on this scale before?
The short answer is this, I think, represents really the best collaboration effort on a laptop that AMD has ever engaged with an OEM on. And it is something frankly that we are extremely proud of. I think this is just an outstanding platform, and I cannot wait for people to get their hands on it and get a chance to see it in person and use it. It really represents the most ultimate solution we’ve ever brought to market on that side of things. So very, very excited about that. Very proud of it.
In terms of what that collaboration looks like: This has been a long-term collaboration between us and Lenovo. And frankly, we’ve gone through every single aspect of that platform together to make sure that every piece of it is optimized to deliver the best platform in the world. The platform is designed specifically with the intent of being the best-in-class collaboration laptop, so as you think about the audio with Dolby Audio, as you think about the multi-microphone array with sound cancellation, as you think about the multiple FHD camera setup in that communication bar, which is going to enable just a phenomenal camera experience coupled with the OLED displays, everything about it is designed to be optimized for that collaboration experience.
And then what we’ve done on the AMD side is we’ve worked very closely with Lenovo to tune the processor: to ensure that on those use cases, you’re getting the optimal experience; to make sure that we’ve seamlessly integrated capabilities around sound cancellation and the video processing and the codecs there. So we’re really excited about that. I think, frankly speaking, we’ve learned a lot in that process with Lenovo. It’s been an outstanding collaboration experience and their partnership has been phenomenal.
As you mentioned, AMD made a custom processor, the Ryzen 7 Pro 6860Z, for Lenovo’s ThinkPad Z13. What necessitated the creation of this processor?
So as we look at that platform there with that Z13, we wanted to do something for a subset of the volume on that [ThinkPad Z] platform that really represents the absolute best of the best, and that 6860Z processor represents exactly that. It is really the top of the stack solution, uniquely on that platform. And as we looked those use cases around collaboration, that is the product that’s going to deliver the best performance, the best battery life, the best user experience on that platform.
So it’s just a great example of how Lenovo and AMD looked at this platform in a completely different lens than what we had before. And that platform will still offer our standard Ryzen 7 Pro and Ryzen 5 Pro processors. But for those users that want just that absolute best experience, that Ryzen 7 Pro 6860Z represents something pretty special.