AMD and Qualcomm join forces in 'Always Connected PC' effort

Windows 10 on ARM "Always Connected PCs" may have been the stars of the show at Qualcomm's Snapdragon Technology Summit event, but a surprise appearance from AMD packed a smaller, but no less interesting announcement. Announcing a partnership with Qualcomm on stage, AMD revealed the two companies will be working together to produce always-connected PCs running on AMD processors and Qualcomm modems.

The announcement was pretty spartan, and details remain scarce, but that the two firms are working together to produce engineer always-connected laptops running on AMD processors is an interesting development. It also comes in a year in which AMD has seen a return to form, first with its new Ryzen line of CPUs, and then its new Vega graphics chips. It will be interesting to see what types of LTE notebooks emerge out of the partnership in the future.

Presumably, we'll learn more in the coming months. For now, you can check out AMD's portion of the presentation with AMD Corporate Vice President Kevin Lensing in the video below.

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  • Awesome!!
  • This part answer question about performance.
  • now this is huge news
  • No.. America striking North Korea would be huge news....
  • Well, creating new chips are at least good news, while attacking another countries is definitely not
  • I never said good...
  • But you meant it!
  • This sounds like always connected x86 PCs.
  • Screw you Intel! 
  • That comment doesn't even make sense. Intel, and AMD, have joined forces as well. 🙄
  • @rodneyej, this does have the feel of getting Intel back for dropping their own RISC line that I suspect was important to MS' mobile plans a couple of years ago. Now there are Snapdragon computers and, for those looking for more powerful systems that are still always-on, there's AMD+Qualcomm computers. Intel gets left out in the cold here (deservedly so). That said, I just bought a new HP Spectre x360 and plan on my next desktop system being on Intel.
  • FYI, AMD had a RISC line too, was bummed they sold them off.
  • 😲😲😲😲😲😲😲😲😲😲😲😲😲
  • RIP intel
  • Not really. Intel makes less than 10% of its revenue from personal computing, so in terms of money, intel is fine. Because of that, intel can just double down on R&D and overtake them.
  • Once again. 🙄🙄🙄🙄
  • Here's the problem with the "always connected PC".  Why would your average consumer pay FOR ANOTHER DATA LINE?  This makes zero sense to me.  People carry their phones everywhere.  VERY FEW people are like me and drag something like a Surface Pro ALMOST everywhere.  My phone is capable of being a hotspot FOR my SP.  I don't pay any extra, I don't pay for another line.  I literally just say, "Hey, Cortana, turn on my mobile hotspot" and my SP is up and running. The only way this takes off is with businesses, people with a LOT more disposable income or if data plans become SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper.  And do you actually believe that's going to happen with 5G?  No way.  So, while I would love the LITTLE bit of added convenience of not having to turn on my hotspot in order to use my tablet, the COST is the overwhelming constraint to making the "always connected PC" attractive to me as a consumer.
  • I agree but we are the minority thinking this way.  People will always shell out more cash for a convience forced upon people thinking they can't live without it.
  • I'm not sure what it's like in the US but I know in Australia you can get a variety of different plan options, family plans give multiple Sims for the same contract, you can get an extra data sim (for tablet use) with a mobile contract for only a little bit extra. Stuff like that. So there is certainly precedence for it, however I'm with you, my surface pro I just tether to my phone because it's more convenient than worrying about a second bill, or two data caps to worry about, etc.
  • Same as in Thailand. Multi sim is a norm here for more than a decade, even before we have 3G. Now, our LTE is one of the fastest in Asia. With multi sim too!
  • I can buy a substantial amount of data on s SIM only deal for not a lot of money. Seems I'm not alone, too. Don't let the crappy U.S. carrier market dictate what is a good and bad idea.
  • Yup, if only all americans realised how much they are getting ripped off. But what amazes me is that some will actively defend a carrier and allow them to rip others and them off 😶.
  • Whoever said that these won't be offered through carriers????.... My always connected Surface 3 LTE was bought through ATT, and is on the same shared data plan as my 950...
    Just made your unnecessary rant of the day pretty obsolete. End of story.
  • @ScubaDog, if the available data plans don't change, I agree with you. My hope is that we'll see data plans that don't add cost for this or only add a small added cost. Something like a single pool based on data usage, regardless of the # of connected devices, or instead of your phone being the hotspot for your computer, maybe the computer becomes the hotspot for your phone (it does have a bigger battery afterall).
  • If you had Android and ChromeOS you wouldn't even be to turn the hotspot. Your Chromebook would automatically connect to your phone if you needed a connection!
  • Interesting, it's most likely the acquisition of ATI's mobility division by Qualcomm from AMD (after the AMD+ATI merger) put Qualcomm where they are today. I wonder what would have happened if Qualcomm acquisition of said division had not gone through. Regardless I can't wait for more AMD based laptops and PCs to hit the market.
  • Hope that this time it works though MS failed several times.