AMD uses the Athlon Gold and Silver names for its affordable processor solutions, which are characterized by low power consumption and fewer cores. These chips are still based on Zen or Zen + architecture combined with simple graphics. Now there are two even simpler 6-watt chips aimed at low-cost notebooks used in education.
These new processors dispense with the Athlon brand and are simply referred to as the AMD 3015e and 3020e – they use the same “e” suffix that was last seen in the company’s processor family in 2011. It points to ultra-low power consumption: these processors have a TDP of 6W, include two CPU cores and integrated Vega 3 graphics.
Surely we are talking about chips based on 14nm AMD Dali crystals. It is the smallest AMD Zen-based APU already on the market under the AMD Athlon Mobile brand. So what are these processors? The AMD 3015e supports multithreading and runs at speeds up to 2.3 GHz, but has a low graphics frequency of 600 MHz and only DDR4 1600 MHz memory. In turn, the AMD 3020e has a frequency of up to 2.6 GHz, its graphics runs at 1000 MHz, and it also has support for DDR4-2400 memory, but there is no multithreading. Obviously, we are talking about compromises for compliance with a thermal package of 6 W.
Lenovo is going to use the new AMD 3015e in two new second-generation 100e and 300e education laptops based on Windows 10. Interestingly, in 2018, the previous generation Lenovo devices had both Windows and Chrome OS versions.
The Lenovo 100e laptop will offer Wi-Fi 6, 64GB eMMC storage, 4GB DDR4 and an 11.6-inch display with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels and a brightness of 250 nits. Also, users will get a shock and scratch resistant case design, about 14 hours of battery life and support for fast charging, which replenishes the 42 Wh battery up to 80% in an hour. With dimensions of 290 × 204 × 19.9 mm, it weighs 1.22 kg. The keyboard is protected from water spills. The computer will go on sale in September at a price of $ 219.
In turn, the Lenovo 300e 2nd Gen has similar characteristics (there is, however, a model with a 128 GB drive), but it is equipped with a hinge that allows you to flip the touchscreen to the opposite side. The device also supports the optional AES Pen. With dimensions of 290 × 204 × 20.85 mm, the device weighs 1.32 kg. The 42 Wh battery is rated for approximately 12 hours of use. It will go on sale in September at a price of $ 299. Both devices have a variety of student-centered and security-focused software features.
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