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AMD Athlon 7000: New Mendocino Entry-Level APUs Under a Familiar Name

There has been a lot of talk about AMD Mendocino in recent days, now there is a first possible name: Athlon Gold 7220U with Radeon Graphics. This designation produces, but without further details, a known collector of information.

Zen in 14 nm and Vega3 becomes Zen 3 in 7 nm and RDNA 2

AMD’s Athlon recently relied on Dali in the entry-level notebook segment: Dali, introduced in 2020 as Athlon Silver and Athlon Gold, was again based on Raven Ridge, the first-generation APU (Zen, Vega, 14 nm), but used a native dual-core -Vega3-The one with only 3 CU’s strong iGPU. The mobile CPUs have to compete with Intel Celeron and Pentium.

This was preceded by the Athlon 3000G (test) for desktop PCs and the AMD Ryzen R1000 for embedded systems. Dali was a stripped-down chip for segments where rudimentary graphics capabilities are often sufficient. Mendocino, therefore, fits perfectly into the picture as a successor base for the next generation Athlon. The CPU side has been drilled from two to four cores, 128 shaders based on RDNA2 technology in 2 CUs, on the other hand, should be as fast as 192 shaders from the old Vega solution.

The feature set of the new iGPU is much more modern (e.g. AV1 decoding). Whether the Athlon Gold 7220U with Radeon Graphics really has the Mendocino chip is still unknown. A slide that was announced yesterday, however, explicitly mentions the name Athlon as the target group for the cheap chip. And with Athlon 7000, the bridge to Ryzen 7000 alias AMD Raphael would be built from a marketing point of view, while “with Radeon Graphics” keeps a clear distance from the big RDNA 2 iGPUs, known as Radeon 680M/660M (test).

AMD Mendocino – Specs (Photo: Olrak) The rest also adapt to the equipment. Faster LPDDR5 instead of LPDDR4(X) is offered as memory, there are not many PCIe lanes, but it is usually not needed in the target market from USD 399 for complete notebooks. AMD Mendocino*

  • Up to 4 Zen 2 CPU cores with 8 threads
  • Up to 2 RDNA 2 GPU cores with 128 SPs
  • Up to 4MB L2 cache
  • Up to 128 KB GPU cache
  • 2x 32-bit LPDDR5 channels
  • 4 PCIe Gen 3.0 lanes

According to AMD, it should start in the fourth quarter of this year. TSMC takes over the production of the small chips in the modern N6 process.

Ron Harold

It has been a long time since I joined Research Snipers. Though I have been working as a part-time tech-news writer, it feels good to be part of the team. Besides that, I am building a finance-based blog, working as a freelance content writer/blogger, and a video editor.

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