AMD Zen now at 6W TDP: Dual Core for Educationby Dr. Ian Cutress on August 4, 2020 10:05 AM EST
At the low-end of AMD’s portfolio, the company uses Athlon Gold and Silver naming for parts that offer fewer cores and lower power consumption. These parts are still based on Zen or Zen+ microarchitecture, paired with a small amount of Vega graphics, indicating that this market is best served with something that is at a low-cost to manufacture but still of sufficient performance for the markets intended. Sitting below those Athlons, two new APUs have popped up in some new Lenovo education-focused designs today.
The two new processors dispense with the Athlon naming, as AMD gets right into it – the AMD 3015e and 3020e use the same lower case ‘e’ ending we last saw on a product line in 2011, indicating the super low power that these processors are rated for. These processors are given a TDP of 6W with two cores and Vega 3 graphics, traditionally what we see in low cost laptops but sufficient for education-style designs.
The silicon these new processors are based on, we believe, is AMD’s Dali silicon. It is the smallest of all AMD’s Zen APU silicon offerings, already in the market as AMD Athlon Mobile. These new parts come in below those specifications.
|AMD Dali-based Zen APUs|
|Athlon Gold 3150U||2 / 4||2400||3300||Vega 3||1000||2400||15 W|
|Athlon Silver 3050U||2 / 2||2300||3200||Vega 2||1100||2400||15 W|
|Athlon 300U||2 / 4||2400||3300||Vega 3||1000||2400||15 W|
|Athlon Silver 3050e||2 / 4||-||2800||Vega 3||1000||2400||6 W|
|AMD 3015e||2 / 4||1200||2300||Vega 3||600||1600||6 W|
|AMD 3020e||2 / 2||1200||2600||Vega 3||1000||2400||6 W|
If the set-up looks a bit odd, well, it is. The 3015e has simultaneous multi-threading but a much lower GPU frequency and DDR4 support compared to the 3020e. This might be the trade-off at the 6W power mode.
Lenovo is set to use the new AMD 3015e in two of its new education designs.
The Lenovo 100e 2nd Gen will use this new chip, Windows 10, Wi-Fi 6, 64 GB eMMC, 4 GB DDR4, an 11.6-inch 13x7 display (250 nits), but offer a hard wearing design suitable for bumps and scrapes as well as ~12 hours of battery life, with quick charging providing 80% power in an hour.
The Lenovo 300e 2nd Gen is a similar build but offers a 360-degree hinge, pen support, with an optional 128 GB SSD. Battery is 42 Wh, rated at ~12 hours.
The 100e will start at $219 and the 300e will start at $299, available from September. Both devices have a variety of student-focused software options focusing on teaching and security.
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ozzuneoj86 - Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - linkI would be very surprised if that was the case... Especially when considering Zen 2 7nm based models.
Per thread performance compared to a 2018 Celeron J series would be much much higher. Comparing it to an old AMD APU is a joke.
nandnandnand - Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - linkYou want Van Gogh:
Newer Intel Atoms should be much better on CPU and GPU. Tremont, but especially Gracemont.
ozzuneoj86 - Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - linkInteresting, this is the first I've seen of these chips. I hope AMD makes them affordable. Thanks for posting!
ksec - Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - linkI wonder how much is the actual chip. I would like to see these inside NAS.
serendip - Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - linkThese would be great chips for the next Surface Go or base model Surface Pro. The Pentium Gold has a rubbish GPU, low top speed and no turbo while the m3 or i3 chips are too expensive.
Farfolomew - Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - linkWhen I read the headline, I was hoping this would be an announcement for 2-core Ryzen 4000-series APUs. Zen2+Vega 7nm, sipping power. Would be a nice Intel "Core M" Y-series competitor for Win10 tablets
Spunjji - Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - linkThey'll be along some time next year, bringing something like OG Raven Ridge performance to the 6-9W TDP range.
Farfolomew - Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - linkYeah, I don't want to wait. Even though I have no need to buy another computing device, I still would love to see and benchmark a two-core Renoir with Vega, lol.
This is really what x86 needs to spur itself into what's a VERY serious life-or-death competition with ARM/RISC-V. C'mon Intel/AMD, take it to those limey bastards :-)
Foeketijn - Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - linkStill waiting for an affordable passive mitx bga zen/+/2 with IPMI.
Spunjji - Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - linkIf they can get Dali down to 6W, I'm even more interested that I was before in what Van Gogh will bring to this space.