AMD has been in a very good position for the last several years. It’s Ryzen desktop CPUs are already in its third generation while its new Ryzen 4000 Mobile Series CPUs are showing tremendous potential. On top of that, it’s Zen 2 architecture is set to be the beating heart of the Sony PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, and its RDNA GPU architecture is set to be the primary graphics engine for Samsung’s next-generation SoCs.
Now it appears that AMD could be kicking it up a notch in the mobile chipset ecosystem. Based on a tweet made by a HansDeVriesNL, the CPU and GPU maker could be releasing a Ryzen-powered SoC, dubbed the Ryzen C7.
Specs-wise, the chipset will be based on ARM’s 64-bit Cortex architecture, while additional details lists down an octa-core CPU running at a maximum clock speed of 3GHz. In a 2+2+4 configuration. What is intriguing is that unlike current processors – desktop and mobile alike – the Ryzen C7 is expected to be based on the upcoming 5nm die lithography, courtesy of TSMC.
Somebody registered at a mobile phone leak site only to drop this image…https://t.co/4WcS8GMTFU
Looks reasonably legit and certainly a very desirable flagship SoC. They did misspell the name of Paul Gauguin, scholar of Cézanne and friend of Vincent van Gogh though. pic.twitter.com/n9NSUirqpL
— Hans de Vries (@HansDeVriesNL) May 31, 2020
Unsurprisingly, the graphics portion of the Ryzen C7 has been listed with an AMD Radeon RDNA 2 Mobile, 4-cores custom compute unit running at 700MHz. To spice things up, the list also states that the mobile GPU will feature real-time hardware accelerated ray-tracing and variable rate shading.
Lastly, the Ryzen C7 will reportedly support 5G via an integrated MediaTek 5G UltraSave modem, as well as support LPDDR5 RAM, display resolutions up to 2K at 144Hz, and HDR10+.
As always, the leaked details are still unconfirmed by AMD, so it’s best to take this story with a large grain of salt. At the time of writing, the link to the purported Slashleak article has been removed. On top of that, there are many online who are questioning its authenticity and saying that it’s very likely to be fake, including the good Dr. Ian Cutress at AnandTech.
Arm hasn't called the Cortex line 'ARM Cortex' with the company name in all caps for a long while. The brand presentation changed.
The only thing that slide could point to is 'an imagined' potential SoC design using Arm cores + AMD RDNA2 + MTK Modem. Otherwise I call fake.
— 𝐷𝑟. 𝐼𝑎𝑛 𝐶𝑢𝑡𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑠 (@IanCutress) May 31, 2020
Of course, if the specifications are to be believed, it goes without saying that AMD may have something of a beast in its hands for the smartphone ecosystem.