Ryzen shines with remote management on Qualcomm Wi-Fi kit

Working to compete with Intel as FastConnect comes to AMD-processor-powered PCs


AMD and Qualcomm have rolled out a joint effort that brings remote management capabilities over Wi-Fi for AMD business systems, potentially boosting their appeal for corporate IT departments.

The two companies said they were working together to improve Qualcomm's FastConnect wireless kit for AMD compute platforms based on the Ryzen chips for desktops and laptops. The starting point for this is AMD Ryzen-powered business laptops using Qualcomm's FastConnect 6900 system that delivers Wi-Fi 6 and 6E plus Bluetooth 5.3, supporting Wi-Fi connection speeds up to 3.6Gbps.

Remote management is enabled by the combination of the AMD Manageability Processor now embedded in Ryzen PRO 6000 systems and the FastConnect 6900 system, AMD and Qualcomm said, with support for the DASH client management standard developed by the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF).

According to AMD, this includes out-of-band remote management over Wi-Fi, a capability that should prove a vital tool for enterprise IT staff to diagnose and fix issues, even when the operating system on the target computer will not boot.

Such out-of-band management capabilities have long been a feature of Intel business systems based on its vPro platform, at first through a wired Ethernet connection and more recently via a Wi-Fi connection.

"By optimizing FastConnect 6900 for platforms powered by AMD Ryzen 6000 Series processors, we're bringing secure Wi-Fi remote management to AMD enterprise customers," said Qualcomm VP for Mobile Compute and Connectivity Dino Bekis.

Bekis said this is the first step in the partnership between the two firms, with the aim of bringing "superior wireless connectivity" to the AMD mobile computing roadmap.

AMD Ryzen processors support Microsoft Endpoint Manager, the software giant's unified endpoint management platform that includes Microsoft Intune and Configuration Manager for provisioning and management of endpoint systems across an organization.

The combination of AMD Ryzen and Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 seems to have the endorsement of HP and Lenovo, featuring in the HP EliteBook 805 Series and Lenovo ThinkPad Z Series.

Windows 11 allows these systems to operate using Wi-Fi Dual Station mode, which supports the use of multiple simultaneous Wi-Fi bands when linked with a compatible access point, which can deliver improved performance for applications such as video conferencing, according to Qualcomm. ®

Broader topics

Narrower topics


Other stories you might like

  • Intel is running rings around AMD and Arm at the edge
    What will it take to loosen the x86 giant's edge stranglehold?

    Analysis Supermicro launched a wave of edge appliances using Intel's newly refreshed Xeon-D processors last week. The launch itself was nothing to write home about, but a thought occurred: with all the hype surrounding the outer reaches of computing that we call the edge, you'd think there would be more competition from chipmakers in this arena.

    So where are all the AMD and Arm-based edge appliances?

    A glance through the catalogs of the major OEMs – Dell, HPE, Lenovo, Inspur, Supermicro – returned plenty of results for AMD servers, but few, if any, validated for edge deployments. In fact, Supermicro was the only one of the five vendors that even offered an AMD-based edge appliance – which used an ageing Epyc processor. Hardly a great showing from AMD. Meanwhile, just one appliance from Inspur used an Arm-based chip from Nvidia.

    Continue reading
  • Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise adds Wi-Fi 6E to 'premium' access points
    Company claims standard will improve performance in dense environments

    Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise is the latest networking outfit to add Wi-Fi 6E capability to its hardware, opening up access to the less congested 6GHz spectrum for business users.

    The France-based company just revealed the OmniAccess Stellar 14xx series of wireless access points, which are set for availability from this September. Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise said its first Wi-Fi 6E device will be a high-end "premium" Access Point and will be followed by a mid-range product by the end of the year.

    Wi-Fi 6E is compatible with the Wi-Fi 6 standard, but adds the ability to use channels in the 6GHz portion of the spectrum, a feature that will be built into the upcoming Wi-Fi 7 standard from the start. This enables users to reduce network contention, or so the argument goes, as the 6GHz portion of the spectrum is less congested with other traffic than the existing 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies used for Wi-Fi access.

    Continue reading
  • Train once, run anywhere, almost: Qualcomm's drive to bring AI to its phone, PC chips
    Software toolkit offered to save developers time, effort, battery power

    Qualcomm knows that if it wants developers to build and optimize AI applications across its portfolio of silicon, the Snapdragon giant needs to make the experience simpler and, ideally, better than what its rivals have been cooking up in the software stack department.

    That's why on Wednesday the fabless chip designer introduced what it's calling the Qualcomm AI Stack, which aims to, among other things, let developers take AI models they've developed for one device type, let's say smartphones, and easily adapt them for another, like PCs. This stack is only for devices powered by Qualcomm's system-on-chips, be they in laptops, cellphones, car entertainment, or something else.

    While Qualcomm is best known for its mobile Arm-based Snapdragon chips that power many Android phones, the chip house is hoping to grow into other markets, such as personal computers, the Internet of Things, and automotive. This expansion means Qualcomm is competing with the likes of Apple, Intel, Nvidia, AMD, and others, on a much larger battlefield.

    Continue reading

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2022