If you can believe one thing at the Clien Technology Association, Microsoft and AMD are working together to design a processor in the laptop category, after the Samsung Exynos 2200 with mRDNA graphics and an ARM CPU. While it is only expected to use Cortex X1 cores compared to Exynos X2s, if SQ+ processors are used for +3GHz clocks, they will likely run at much higher speeds. Go This is a huge advantage over the Samsung chip, more than enough to cancel out the 16% IPC difference that Arm claims between the two designs.
In addition, it should be able to accommodate more of these cores - while the Exynos only has one X2 as a "Super" core - and with the thermal performance and strength of the laptop's chassis, it keeps much better performance.
AMD is working with Microsoft to power the powerful ARM Laptop processor on the target surface: lower than the GTX1050 class but much better than Qualcomm's old Arc chip. And in general lightweight ARM laptops. GPU: 4WGP, 8CU (1/2) Source Apparently, the processor uses an 8RU mRDNA2 GPU, like the Exynos build, the settings you put on your Steam Deck. Forum posts show that performance is similar (but weaker) to the GTX 1050. Below where Valve is supposed to be handheld, Deck also uses full RDNA 2 graphics, which is powered by fast LP-DDR5 RAM. In any case, the Microsoft-AMD chip still needs to embed graphics solutions into existing Qualcomm products.
The Exynos modem should have a 5G connection, but that appears to be Samsung's involvement in the project. Apparently, the Korean 5nm process Titan was originally supposed to be produced, but the low efficiency caused TSMC's 5nm node to be changed instead. The resulting delay could prevent the Surface Pro X update for 2021. In line with TSMC's previous node, moving it to the latest N5 process should have tangible performance benefits. Given the fierce competition in laptop processors right now, between the heterogeneous offerings AMD Ryzen, Apple M1 and Intel Alder Lake, any other feature of a machine that's still heavy on subversion of Windows-on-Arm would be more than welcome.
Microsoft and AMD could bring Radeon graphics to the next Surface Pro X.