AMD recently let consumers in on the next stage of its laptop CPU roadmap. Come 2023, the successor to the chipmaker’s next-generation Zen4 laptop series CPUs will go by the name “Dragon Range” and will be aimed towards “extreme gaming laptops”.
The good word comes by way of the good Dr. Ian Cutress, the former editor at Anandtech turned industry analyst. According to Cutress, AMD’s Dragon Range CPU lineup will indeed be the Ryzen 7000 mobile series, and that it will replace the current HX mobile series processors, currently being used for high-end gaming laptops on the market.
Cutress’ provided slide also shows that the new Dragon Range lineup will ship out with a TDP of more than 55W, and will support DDR5 memory and the PCIe 5.0 interface exclusively, while being aimed laptops that are approximately 20mm thicker. Further, and in what we can only surmise as an effort by the chipmaker to retain its customer’s attention span, the Dragon Range will take up the “HS” suffix for its CPU.
Well there we go, @AMD Dragon Range replaces the HX market, DDR5. Phoenix in the more traditional H market, LPDDR5 only. Process node not mentioned. Graphics not mentioned. $AMD pic.twitter.com/4BCYQSMe1z
— 𝐷𝑟. 𝐼𝑎𝑛 𝐶𝑢𝑡𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑠 (@IanCutress) May 3, 2022
On a side note, the same slide shows that the mobile CPU lineup a tier below Dragon Range, codename Phoenix, will also support the same DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 standards, but will operate at a TDP between 35W and 45W. And ship out for “thin and light gaming” laptops that are thinner than 20mm.
Beyond that, there is no further details about the Dragon Range, save except that its future processors should be available starting next year. In the mean time, AMD is planning on breaking gaming out to its own financial segment through the continued manufacturing of semi-custom parts for third-party companies, such as the chips used in the PlayStation, Xbox, and Steam Deck.