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AMD Ryzen Pro Boss Talks ‘Phenomenal’ Lenovo Partnership, H-Series Expansion

Dylan Martin

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.

Comparing a standard Ryzen 7 Pro part to the 6860Z, what would the differences be?

So we will release more of those specs a little bit later in the spring, and I think that will become a little bit more clear. Really, what we focused on with that Ryzen 7 Z part is making sure that the performance and the battery life specifically in collaboration experiences – video conferencing, as an example – are second to none. And so that’s really how we’ve tailored that part. And it’s very aligned with the intent of the platform overall, which is, it’s an uncompromising collaboration machine.

You described this as an unprecedented collaboration with an OEM. Are you hoping to do more of these engagements with OEMs in the future?

I think as we look at our portfolio as a whole, and as we look at the continued growth into those premium solutions, we are always interested in having conversations with our partners around how we can be the best partner and deliver the best products to market.

And so obviously, I can never share unique details until they become publicly available, but I think this is indicative of the kind of partnership we have on this platform. And that model, that partnership, that is something that we absolutely intend to extend to everybody that we work with in the industry.

Ryzen 6000 has USB 4 but not Thunderbolt 4. I know that, in general, the I/O throughput is pretty much the same, but I’m curious what AMD’s view is of USB 4 versus Thunderbolt 4. Intel has Thunderbolt 4 for its latest processors, and I’ve read that there are some advantages you can get from that. Does having only USB 4 put AMD at any disadvantages in the commercial market?

Candidly, no. So we have USB 4 on Ryzen 6000. It’s fully functional. We have the optional support for things like Thunderbolt 3 compatibility tied to that. As we’ve engaged with our customers, as we’ve looked at the use cases, the peripherals, it’s still a very early technology and at this point in time, we believe very firmly that with USB 4 fully functional, we can deliver on all of the use cases, all the experiences and have support for the right components and peripherals that are in the market. We will always consider all of our options, but at this point in time, [we’re] very confident that USB 4 full functionality will give us what we need.

Dylan Martin

Dylan Martin is a senior editor at CRN covering the semiconductor, PC, mobile device, and IoT beats. He has distinguished his coverage of the semiconductor industry thanks to insightful interviews with CEOs and top executives; scoops and exclusives about product, strategy and personnel changes; and analyses that dig into the why behind the news.   He can be reached at

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