During his presentation at Computex 2022, AMD announced its new line of Ryzen 6000 APUs codenamed Mendocino aimed at the budget, low-end laptop segment from $399 to $699. These APUs will be equipped with Zen 2 cores and iGPUs based on RDNA 2. The first products with these APUs are expected in the last quarter of the year.
The AMD Ryzen 6000 series already has the Rembrandt APUs, but these models are aimed at premium laptops and have Zen 3+ cores and RDNA 2 graphics, as opposed to the Zen 2 cores found in the Mendocino APUs. With up to 4 cores and 8 threads, and TSMC’s 6nm manufacturing process, AMD guarantees a battery life of more than 10 hours.
The Ryzen 6000 Mendocino APUs will be something of an upgrade over the Ryzen 4000 Renoir series, which also has Zen 2 cores, but with Vega graphics and TSMC’s 7nm process. Although AMD has not detailed the specifications of these APUs, in addition to these differences, the new models announced should have higher speeds and lower consumption due to the more refined manufacturing process.
These new APUs are a Van Gogh spin-off, a custom APU that powers the Steam Deck, Valve’s portable PC. This specific model has the same number of cores and threads (4/8) with frequencies between 2.4 GHz and 3.5 GHz, 8 RDNA 2 compute units with speeds between 1.0 GHz and 1.6 GHz and consumption between 4 and 15 W. So we can expect Laptop-like performance, with the Ryzen 6000 Mendocino APUs.
AMD expects to have 140 product models with these APUs, 50 high-performance and 90 ultra-slim, available with partner notebook manufacturers by the end of this year. As said before, these new APUs will arrive in the last quarter of 2022.