AMD and Qualcomm Partner For Always Connected PCs
We’ve talked a bit about Qualcomm’s upcoming line of “Always Connected PCs” in the past. Yesterday, however, Qualcomm announced that it would also be partnering with AMD to bring a line of Ryzen-powered Always Connected PCs to the market.
Previous reports cast some doubts on the performance of the Snapdragon-powered PCs, but the hope is that AMD’s Ryzen mobile chips will provide the PCs with more power while maintaining strong battery life and a constant internet connection.
“Both AMD and Qualcomm have shown a consistent commitment to delivering products that redefine next-generation mobile user experience,” Said AMD’s Kevin Lensing. “OEMs around the world will now be able to combine the recently announced AMD Ryzen mobile processors with Qualcomm Technologies’ leading wireless solutions via their Snapdragon LTE modem family to achieve new levels of performance, connectivity and capability for ultrathin notebook PCs.”
Alex Katouzian, of Qualcomm, echoed Lensing’s sentiments.
‘Combining AMD processors with our cutting-edge LTE connectivity technology results in Always Connected Client Notebooks for consumers in a mobile-first future.’
“Always Connected” is more than just a marketing slogan, it’s at the heart of Qualcomm’s recent push into the notebook market. By equipping these PCs with LTE modems, Qualcomm is hoping to provide consumers with PCs that always have access to the internet. Of course, the obvious downside to LTE service is that it will require yet another monthly bill so some consumers may not be too fond of it. That being said, previous reports have suggested that Qualcomm has spoken with LTE providers about pricing structure so it is possible the plans won’t be a deterrent for many consumers.
Personally speaking, we believe the big test for these devices will be in regards to performance. If Qualcomm and AMD have found a way to create power-efficient PCs that can run reasonably well then they may just have a hit on their hands. If, on the other hand, it takes 30 seconds or a minute to load an application or similar tasks then we could see these Always Connected PCs remaining a niche market.
Regardless, the first of the AMD-powered “Always Connected” notebooks are expected to hit the market early next year so we don’t have too long to wait before we find out how well they work.
Eric is an avid tech junkie, gamer, and comic fan. When he's not working on his PC, you'll find him at your local comic book shop.