Later this year, businesses can expect to see a new generation of enterprise-focused desktops powered by the latest processor lineup from AMD: the Ryzen Pro family.

Unveiled earlier today, the newest Ryzen Pro processors are designed for premium computers with business-class security and performance needs, AMD said. A number of original equipment manufacturers are expected to come out with PCs featuring the new chips in the second half of the year, with devices aimed at "enterprise and public sector implementations," AMD added.

The new Ryzen Pro lineup of six processors will support such security features as secure boot, Advanced Encryption Standard specifications, and the Trusted Platform Module international specifications for processors with secure cryptographic key capabilities. Models range from the AMD Ryzen 3 Pro 1200, with four CPU cores and a base clock speed of 3.1 GHz, to the AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 1700X, which has eight cores and a base clock speed of 3.4 GHz.

'Well Positioned for Commercial Applications'

AMD's Ryzen Pro announcement comes on the heels of the May launch of its Epyc server system-on-chip, designed for enterprise data centers. The company is hoping Epyc can help it loosen Intel's current hold on the market for data center chips.

"Today marks another important step in our journey to bring innovation and excitement back to the PC industry: the launch of our Ryzen PRO desktop CPUs that will bring disruptive levels of performance to the premium commercial market," AMD senior vice president and computing/graphics group general manager Jim Anderson said today in a statement. The Ryzen Pro offers "a significant leap in generational performance," as well as "the first-ever 8-core,16-thread CPU for commercial-grade PCs," he added.

First arriving on the market in March, the Ryzen processor was designed for high performance, but also had other features built in from the start with enterprise users in mind, AMD's senior vice president and chief technology officer Mark Papermaster told attendees at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Technology Broker's Conference earlier this month.

"[I]t has the capability to have robust security," Papermaster said. "It has the manageability features that you need for commercial applications built into it as well. So, it's actually quite well positioned for commercial applications."

Built on Zen Architecture

The full lineup of new processors includes the eight-core Ryzen 7 Pro 1700X and Ryzen 7 Pro 1700; the six-core Ryzen 5 Pro 1600; and the four-core Ryzen 5 Pro 1500, Ryzen 3 Pro 1300, and Ryzen 3 Pro 1200. All of them are built on AMD's Zen architecture.

With its "clean-sheet," designed-from-scratch architecture, the Zen CPU supports simultaneous multithreading and other features for improved power usage, better caching and more instructions per clock than previous processors, AMD said. The chipmaker cited tests that showed that the new Zen-based Ryzen Pro "provides up to 52 percent improvement in compute capability over the previous generation." Compared to other comparable processors, the Ryzen 7 Pro 1700 "offers up to 62 percent more multi-threaded performance," AMD added.

The new Ryzen Pro family also supports the security features in Microsoft's Windows 10 Enterprise software, AMD said. The company said that mobile devices built with the latest Ryzen Pro processors are expected to arrive on the market in the first half of next year.