AMD announces new naming and numbering rules for Ryzen mobile processors in 2023

AMD has announced a new naming convention for processors to support Ryzen mobile processors in 2023. According to AMD’s plan, next year will bring two new series of products, Mendocino and Dragon Range. The former brings richer features to a $500 laptop, and the latter is aimed at top-of-the-line gaming laptops.

AMD said its mobile business has grown significantly over the past two years, with shipments of laptops powered by Ryzen processors up 49%. The existing naming system simply cannot adapt to the upcoming SoCs, and new naming and numbering rules are required to support these products developed for different market segments.

AMD admits that no naming system is perfect, but hopes that the new naming system will be more technical and informative, allowing consumers to see the information corresponding to the product at a glance, including the year, architecture, positioning, performance, etc., so that ordinary consumers can intuitively understand the basic information of the processor through the serial number, and it is easier to choose the product that suits them.

The new Ryzen mobile processors will be named according to the following rules:
  1. Portfolio Year: Gives you a sense of what model year the processor lives in. Are we actively selling it as a current-gen product in that year?
  2. Segment: Helps us communicate “at-a-glance” performance to customers browsing in the store. For example, Ryzen 9 are always our fastest and most feature-rich processors. This helps customers cross-shop at a glance, and is the most common way customers compare CPUs.
  3. Architecture: A nod to our enthusiast customers, we wanted to make sure you could see what version of “Zen” lives inside the chip. It’s important!
  4. Feature Isolation: A concession to architectures like “Zen 3” versus “Zen 3+,” which cannot be fully articulated in the architecture digit alone. Flipping this digit between 0 or 5 ensures that two different architectures don’t end up in the same Ryzen 70xx family.
  5. Form Factor/TDP: AMD’s innovation and growth in the mobile space is especially evident here, where you can see we’re servicing multiple design categories across Windows and Chromebook.
Additionally, AMD said it does not plan to change the common numbering system used on desktops since the Ryzen 1000 series.