CES 2022: AMD announces Ryzen 6000 mobile CPUs with Microsoft Pluton security chip

Laurent Giret

AMD has unveiled today its brand new Ryzen 6000 Series mobile processors, which brings together the company’s “Zen 3+” core architecture with AMD RDNA2 integrated graphics. These new Ryzen 6000 Series mobile CPUs are leveraging TSMC’s more efficient 6nm manufacturing process, and they’re also the first processors to integrate a Microsoft Pluton Security processor.

Microsoft’s new Pluton chip has been created in collaboration with AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm, and it aims to improve PC security with the same technology already seen in Xbox consoles and Azure Sphere. Basically, Pluton-powered Windows 11 PCs will have a dedicated chip for storing sensitive information like encryption keys and credentials, which will make it much more difficult for attackers to access this data even if they have physical access to devices.

Overall, AMD announced no less than 20 new Ryzen 6000 Series processors today with the entry-level U-Series, the more powerful H-Series for gaming and creator laptops, as well as the Ryzen PRO 6000 Series processors which will power new premium business notebooks such as the Lenovo ThinkPad Z. The company’s Ryzen 6000 Series processors will come with up to 8 CPU cores and 16 threads, and AMD promises up to 11% more single-threaded performance and up to 28% faster multithreaded performance over the previous generation.

AMD’s Ryzen 6000 mobile processors also come with future-proof features including support for DDR5 memory, PCIe 4.0, USB4, and WiFi 6E. The chipmaker expects over 200 new laptops to use these new CPUs in 2022, which should be another good year for AMD. It’s pretty remarkable to see AMD give Intel some serious competition in the laptop market, and it will be interesting to see if the latter will respond during its CES 2022 event later today at 10AM PT.