AMD and Qualcomm have made a surprise partnership announcement. The two companies are joining forces to bring a new generation of “Always Connected” PCs to the market; looking like an alliance to compete against Intel.
The partnership will see PCs built around AMD’s Ryzen Mobile platform sporting Qualcomm Snapdragon LTE modems. Essentially allowing them to be constantly connected to the internet; much like how tablets and smartphones behave. It’s not an entirely new idea either. Some laptops already sport SIM card slots for mobile data connections.
AMD has been making as many friends as it can in the hardware space of late, having also announced a partnership with long time rival Intel. The two are working on integrating AMD designed GPUs into Intel’s chip designs. Allowing for better integrated graphics for computers without a dedicated graphics card.
Nothing is going to be seen from AMD and Qualcomm’s new announcement in the near future; seeing that the two have only begun working together. However, it may mean that more computers capable of connecting to the internet without a WiFi connection in the future. At least it will if the idea ever catches on with OEMs and consumers.