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AMD's Ryzen Pro 4000 series processors boast new security features and better performance

By Hoots the Owl - on 12 May 2020, 1:10am

AMD's Ryzen Pro 4000 series processors boast new security features and better performance

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AMD has announced the global availability of its Ryzen Pro 4000 series of mobile business processors. These are the world's first 7nm commercial notebook processors, according to AMD, and were designed for remote work capabilities and modern productivity. 

The new chips are based on the Zen 2 architecture and sport a bunch of new security features and improvements to battery life and performance, taking on Intel's vPro chips head on as they vie for inclusion in modern business PCs. In the case of the Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U, AMD says you can expect up to twice the performance per watt over the previous generation and over 20 hours of battery life on select platforms. On the performance front, the Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U is supposed to deliver up to 37 per cent better overall performance in Microsoft Office applications compared to its predecessors. 

The Ryzen Pro 4000 series comprises three chips at the moment:

  Cores/Threads Base/Boost clock TDP GPU cores L2/L3 cache
AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U 8/16 1.7GHz/4.1GHz 15W 7 12MB
AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 4650U 6/12 2.1GHz/4.0GHz 15W 6 11MB
AMD Ryzen 3 Pro 4450U 4/8 2.5GHz/3.7GHz 15W 5 6MB

As business-ready processors, the Ryzen Pro 4000 CPUs are touting security features like the dedicated AMD Secure Processor, which leverages Microsoft's secured-core technology to prevent kernel-level attacks and other incursions. In addition, there's something called AMD Memory Guard encryption, which gives the Pro series chips support for full-memory encryption, the only chips to do so according to AMD. This means that data in your laptop's memory remains secure, even if someone else gets access to your laptop.

On top of that, enterprises can take advantage of the manageability features of the Ryzen Pro 4000 series, which enables simplified deployment, imaging and management that is compatible with modern IT infrastructures. This includes full support for Microsoft Endpoint Manager for a flexible and integrated cloud management solution.

Finally, AMD is backing the chips up with 18 months of planned software stability and 24 months of planned availability.