AMD will launch a new APU codenamed Mendocino in 2022Q4

According to AMD’s official Ryzen 7000 series roadmap, there will be two Zen 4 architecture products for laptop platforms, namely Dragon Range for high-end, enthusiast gaming notebooks and Phoenix for thin and light gaming notebooks. In addition, AMD has new plans for laptop platforms.

According to VideoCardz, AMD will announce a new APU code-named Mendocino at Computex 2022, using Zen 2 architecture CPU and RDNA 2 architecture GPU, manufactured with 6nm process, targeting the mainstream notebook computer market, the new products will be launched in the fourth quarter of this year.

It is understood that the APU code-named Mendocino is configured with four cores and eight threads at most, which is obviously not suitable for high-performance systems. This SoC is mainly designed for 2-in-1 tablet PCs and low-power notebook PCs. The battery usage will be optimized, and the battery life will be more than 10 hours. Laptops with Mendocino APUs are said to be priced between $399 and $699 and are compatible with Windows and ChromeOS operating systems.

It’s not the first time AMD has used a computing/graphics combo like Zen 2 + RDNA 2. The APU on Valve’s Steam Deck handheld also has the same architecture. Steam Deck uses AMD’s APU codenamed Van Gogh, and the custom SoC is also known as “Aerith”. The CPU based on Zen 2 architecture has 4 cores and 8 threads, and the clock is between 2.4 GHz and 3.5 GHz. The integrated RDNA 2 architecture GPU has 8 computing units with clocks between 1.0 GHz and 1.6 GHz, and the power consumption of the entire SoC is between 4W and 15W. Judging from the current situation of Mendocino, there may be many similarities with Van Gogh.