Lenovo ThinkCentre and ThinkPad machines pack AMD PRO APUs


— 1:00 PM on October 24, 2016

Particularly attentive gerbils may recall that when we last looked at AMD's PRO APUs, the company had announced the chips would be inside machines from HP and Lenovo. At that time, we look at a few HP boxes packing the new APUs. Now, AMD is showing Lenovo's hand. The ThinkCentre M715 Tiny, ThinkPad E475, and ThinkPad E575 will all make use of AMD's seventh-generation business-oriented PRO chips.

AMD's press release is light on details and product pages haven't gone up yet, so we don't know a lot about the new ThinkPads. The E-series is the bottom of Lenovo's business laptop lineup. We can venture a guess that the Thinkpad E475 will be a 14" laptop, while the E575's screen has a 15.6" diagonal. AMD says the new ThinkPad lappies weigh "as little as 4.1 lbs (1.87 kg) and measure less than 1" thin (24 mm)." AMD also says the laptops pack Radeon R5 M430 graphics cards. That card is probably based on the venerable Oland GPU that dates back to the Radeon HD 8000M series.

The ThinkCentre M715 Tiny machine lives up to its name by measuring just 7" x 7" x 1.4" (18 cm x 18 cm x 3.5 cm), which works out to a volume of a just over one liter. The M715 Tiny can come equipped with 6th- or 7th-generation AMD PRO APUs, all of them picked from the "E" low-power variants. Lenovo says the machines can support up to four displays connected to their pair of DisplayPorts.

Like any PCs with AMD PRO chips, these machines support DASH remote management and ARM TrustZone. AMD says the ThinkCentre M715 Tiny will be available on Halloween. Folks looking for an AMD PRO-equipped ThinkPad will have to wait until November 7.

 
   
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