AMD Ryzen and Athlon 7020-C processors to power Chromebooks with up to 19.5 hours of battery life

AMD has just unveiled the Ryzen and Athlon 7020-C series processor family designed for Chromebooks, with up to four “Zen 2” cores clocked at up to 4.3 GHz, AMD RDNA 2 graphics, and promises of high power efficiency with Chromebook based on the entry-level Athlon Silver 7120C processor lasting up to an estimated 19.5 hours on a charge.

AMD says the Ryzen 3 7320C processor in the Dell Latitude Chromebook 3445 delivers 1.6 times higher average performance than a Chromebook based on the previous generation Ryzen 3 3250C processor and provides a 15% performance advantage with up to 3.5 hours longer battery life compared to the HP Chromebook MT7921 powered by an Intel Core i3-N305 “Alder Lake-N” processor.

Dell Latitude Chromebook 3445 with Ryzen or Athlon 7020-C processor
Dell Latitude Chromebook 3445 with Ryzen/Athlon 7020-C processor

Four models are available at launch: Ryzen 5 7520C, Ryzen 3 7320C, Athlon Gold 7220C, and Athlon Silver 7120C. All are 15W TDP parts, manufactured with a 6nm process, and come with AMD Radeon 610M graphics.

ModelCores / ThreadsBase/Boost FrequencyTotal Cache (MB)
AMD Ryzen 5 7520C4/82.8 / Up to 4.3 GHz6MB
AMD Ryzen 3 7320C4/82.4 / Up to 4.1 GHz6MB
AMD Athlon Gold 7220C2/42.4 / Up to 3.7 GHz5MB
AMD Athlon Silver 7120C2/22.4 / Up to 3.5 GHz3MB

While the Athlon Silver 7120C promises up to 19.5 hours of expected battery life, it goes down as we go up the performance scale and this drops to 17 hours – still good for a full day – with the Ryzen 3 7320C processor. Chromebooks based on the new Ryzen and Athlon 7020-C series processors will be equipped with up to 16GB LPDDR5(x) memory and typically Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity, and support up to three external 4K displays.

Chromebook systems featuring Ryzen and Athlon 7020 C-Series processors are expected in Q2 2023 (so that’s about now…) starting with the ASUS Chromebook CM34 Flip and Dell Latitude Chromebook 3445. The latter was used for performance and battery life comparisons and is already listed on the Dell website although pricing is not made public just yet. You may find more details about the new AMD Ryzen & Athlon processor in the press release and the product page.

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