AMD Pollock hybrid processors have been repeatedly mentioned by various sources, but until recently there was no clear idea of their scope. The revelations of one of the system integrators make it clear that even tablets, including the next-generation Microsoft Surface Go, will be created on the basis of these APUs.
On the forum pages Tablet PC Review began to share information one of the experts who were allowed to develop and test various Microsoft Surface devices. As you already know, AMD specifically for Microsoft created the Ryzen 7 3780U processor Microsoft Surface Edition, the main feature of which was the maximum graphics performance among its relatives. Therefore, AMD will be able to supply “custom” processors to Microsoft in the future.
The source claims that AMD now offers for testing its partners a Pollock hybrid processor with a TDP level of not more than 4.8 watts. In fact, this characteristic of the Pollock series differs from its sister Dali, for which the TDP is set at 6 watts. From other sources it is known that Pollock processors combine a pair of computing cores with Zen architecture of the first generation and the Radeon graphics subsystem with 192 stream processors. They can be produced using either 14nm or 12nm technology. The latter option spawns them with the Picasso family using Zen + architecture.
The original source claims that the Pollock processor has a better combination of performance and power consumption than the 14-nm Intel Amber Lake-Y processors now used in Microsoft Surface Go 2. Nevertheless, the leak’s author believes that in the cramped case of the tablet PC the hybrid will also overheat AMD processor of the specified family. While searching for possible solutions to this problem, it’s premature to talk about the timing of the appearance of the new Microsoft device based on APU Pollock.
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