AMD Van Gogh for ultraportables would have Zen 2 and RDNA 2 cores

We have new information on the upcoming Van Gogh APU processors from AMD that are designed for low-power notebooks.

As you would expect from an APU it comes with an integrated CPU and GPU, in this case, they use Zen 2 cores and an RDNA 2 GPU. Interestingly, AMD does not use the new Zen 3 cores with this generation.

Although they use the Zen 2 and RDNA 2 cores, AMD could be using a different technology than previous APU cores, being very similar to the current chips that were used in the Xbox Series X / S and PlayStation 5.

The next Van Gogh APUs will come with Zen 2 quad-core designs and a 7nm compute node from TSMC, with a monolithic design comprised of CPU, GPU, and I / O. Internally, it would come with reduced cache size, allowing AMD to save on production costs.

As for the RDNA 2 GPU, it is going to have 8 compute units, which should give it minimal graphics performance for value-oriented ultraportables. This GPU should deliver graphics performance above the desktop 'Cezanne' generation APU, but below core x core performance due to TDP power limitations. Van Gogh chips are going to be limited to a TDP of between 7-10 W, with the aim of bringing multiple ultralight notebooks to life.

One of the technologies that will be absent in Van Gogh is going to be the Infinity Cache, something that was confirmed with the latest Linux kernel patch.

The upcoming Ryzen APUs are also expected to be the first to receive support for LPDDR5 memories, which could debut later this year alongside their desktop DDR5 counterparts.

AMD plans to use these chips with the FF3 sockets, which is a low-power socket that will be used in multiple notebooks. AMD's goal is to be competitive in the segment with the entry of Tiger Lake-U processors. We will keep you informed.

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