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As we approach the introduction of the first processors in the Ryzen™ Desktop “2000” processor series (consisting of the Ryzen™ Desktop processors with Radeon™ Vega Graphics and the 2nd Generation Ryzen™ CPUs), we wanted to highlight the fantastic work AMD and our motherboard partners have done to deliver on the promise of a long-term, scalable, high-performance platform used in Desktops based on the AMD Socket AM4.


Nearly one year ago, AMD launched the industry-changing Ryzen™ desktop series of processors, introducing the new Socket AM4 platform. With advanced I/O features and performance, the platform was warmly received especially as more form factors were introduced. As we closed out 2017, over 120 different motherboard models were available for Socket AM4, including mini-ITX for high performance 8-core small form factor builds, and commercial designs supporting DASH for remote manageability in business.




The rapid pace of innovation at AMD means that while we were launching Ryzen™ desktop processors, we also introduced new Ryzen™ Mobile processors with Radeon™ Vega graphics featuring the world’s fastest processor for ultrathin and light notebooks5. A new version of this SoC will now be available for the desktop market, harnessing the fantastic power of Radeon™ Vega graphics within the processor, and delivering unprecedented levels of integrated graphics performance to the 30%1 of desktop buyers who require the best integrated graphics capabilities possible.


AMD has been a leader in the market for desktop processor graphics capabilities since the launching the first AMD A-series processors, and the first processors with Radeon™ Graphics were added to the Socket AM4 platform in July 2017 when AMD launched the desktop 7th Generation A-series processors. In conjunction with that launch, firmware updates (known as BIOS), enabled new and additional features and capabilities, seamlessly integrated into motherboards already available in market.


The Benefits of Platform Compatibility


As it was last year with our 7th Generation A-series processors, the path for compatibility with the new Ryzen™ Desktop processors with Radeon™ Graphics is also updated firmware. And in fact, now, as then, many of the motherboards available on sale today are compatible with new Ryzen™ Desktop with Radeon™ Graphics processors without requiring any update – a testament to the benefits of the scalable platform approach that AMD has taken with Socket AM4.


This approach offers impressive performance and features, intended to deliver value at the price point for the end consumer. This can be seen in the reduced costs of upgraded as it does not require any change in platform to enable new processors. Rather, as we’ve already seen just recently, the AMD approach means the Socket AM4 platform is future-ready, with initial launch day motherboards compatible by firmware update to Ryzen™ desktop processors with Radeon graphics launched a year later.


The benefit to AMD is that this gives the new Ryzen™ desktop processors with Radeon graphics a stable, mature, broad ecosystem of platforms, with buyers of all form factors and use cases simply and easily able to enjoy great gaming, content creation, productivity, or media experiences, powered by Ryzen™ processors.


The 2nd Generation Ryzen Desktop Processor


In 2018, AMD plans to introduce the Ryzen™ Desktop “2000 series” processors. This will be delivered by two different SoCs, first launching the Ryzen™ 5 2400G and Ryzen™ 3 2200G on February 12th. These new Ryzen processors include powerful Radeon™ Vega graphics inside – the most powerful processor graphics seen in the desktop market3 to date, at ~2TFLOPS2 of compute in the 65W Ryzen™ 5 2400G. With native modern media capabilities, including support for encoding and decoding H265 media at UltraHD resolution4, the new Ryzen™ desktop processors with Radeon™ graphics are perfect for powering the family PC, modern business desktop, or sleek tiny gaming PC under the TV.





1 - According to Jon Peddie Research (JPR), 30% of all desktop computers do not ship with a discrete graphics card.


2 – Theoretical FLOPS rate based on FP32 capabilities of Ryzen™ 5 2400G; 1.76TFLOPS GPU + 0.231 CPU = 1.99, which is approximately 2TFLOPS


3 – Testing by AMD Performance labs as of 12/08/2017 for the Ryzen 5 2400G, and 09/04/2015 for the Core i7-5775c on the following systems. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Results may vary based on driver versions used.  System Configs:  All systems equipped with Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SSD, Windows 10 RS2 operating system. Socket AM4 System: Ryzen 52400G processor, 16B (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2667 RAM, Graphics Driver 1710181048-17.40-171018a-319170E 23.20.768.0 :: 12/08/2017. Socket LGA1150 System: Core i7-5775c processor, 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1867 MHz RAM, graphics driver 09/04/2015 3DMark 11 Performance benchmark used to represent graphics power. The following processors achieved the following scores in 3DMark 11 ‘performance’ benchmark v1.0.132.0: The Ryzen 5 2400G: 5042.  Also in v1.0.132.0, .The Core i7-5775c, the Intel desktop processor with the highest Intel desktop graphics performance, achieved 3094. RZG-01


4 – HEVC (H.265), H.264, and VP9 acceleration are subject to and not operable without inclusion/installation of compatible HEVC players.  GD-81


5 - “Processor for ultrathin notebooks” defined as 15W nominal processor TDP. Based on testing of the AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700U, AMD Ryzen™ 5 2500U, and Core i7-8550U mobile processors as of 10/6/2017 Performance based on Cinebench R15 nT and 3DMark® TimeSpy in order of AMD 2700U, AMD 2500U and Intel 8550U. Cinebench R15 nT results: 660.5, 606.5, 498.2; 3DMark TimeSpy results: 978, 865, 350. 50:50 CPU:GPU weighted relative performance with i7 baseline: Intel i7-8650U = (498.2/498.2*.5) + (350/350*.5) = 100%; AMD Ryzen 5 2500U = (606.5/498.2*.5) + (865/350*.5) = 184%; AMD Ryzen 7 2700U = (660.5/498.2*.5) + (978/350*.5) = 206% RVM-26


On January 17th, AMD received the California Governor’s 2017 Environmental & Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) for the 25x20 Energy Efficiency Initiative, our vision to deliver 25x more energy efficiency in AMD mobile computing processors by the year 2020 from a 2014 baseline. We are on track to achieve this goal, with architecture enhancements and improved power management features benefitting other company products, too.


Administered by the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), GEELA is California's highest environmental honor. The award recognizes parties who notably contribute toward conserving California’s resources, protecting and enhancing the state’s environment, and strengthening the economy. The award reflects how AMD’s 25x20 initiative demonstrably advances the goal of California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 to reduce GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. The 25x20 initiative was further recognized by the judges for exceptional technology innovation, spirit, and value to California’s environment and economy.


According to Stanford University lecturer Dr. Jonathan Koomey: “What AMD is doing is no small thing, as the 25x goal over a six-year period outpaces the historical gains predicted by Moore’s Law by 70 percent. It’s efforts such as 25x20 that will enable exciting new technologies ranging from the Internet of Things and big data analytics to virtual reality and deep learning.”


GEELA adds to an impressive roster of honors for AMD’s 25x20 Energy Efficiency Initiative, including:

  • Edison Award - Energy Efficiency Winner (2017)
  • Environmental Leader - Top Project of The Year (2016)
  • Green Electronics Council - Catalyst Award Winner (2016)


Since we first announced the initiative in 2014, the transition to AMD’s “Zen” core architecture-based family of processors, which includes the new AMD Ryzen™ and AMD EPYC™ products, has yielded improved power management. With the launch of Ryzen™ mobile processors, we remain on track to achieve the 25x20 goal.


The initiative brings together experts across AMD teams for technical and strategic collaboration to overcome challenges related to product energy efficiency. For example, computers rarely need to run at peak power, so our engineers have designed algorithms to optimize for “typical use” computing, conserving power during even microseconds of idle activity. Constantly emphasizing more aggressive “performance per watt” motivates our engineers to create innovative solutions while benefitting customers and the planet.


The 25x20 initiative is a definitive statement about AMD’s dedication to improved computing performance efficiency and environmental stewardship. The application of new technology, with power management innovation, helps to pioneer new business models and enable enhanced workforce productivity. We’re just beyond the halfway point toward the goal and we could not be more pleased with our progress. AMD is deeply honored to receive the GEELA award for our approach and work to date.


About the award, California Secretary for Environmental Protection Matthew Rodriquez added: “This year’s GEELA recipients are demonstrating exceptional leadership in addressing some of our most significant environmental challenges. Whether it’s fighting climate change, conserving our water supplies or reducing waste, they inspire us with their creative and collaborative approaches. Their success expands our view of what is possible. Collectively, they are proving that a healthy environment is inextricably linked with a vibrant economy."


Susan Moore is AMD’s Corporate Vice President of Public Affairs, and is a former chairwoman of Information Technology Industry Council (ITI). Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.



Cautionary Statement

This blog contains forward-looking statements concerning Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) including, but not limited to, that AMD is on track to deliver 25x more energy in its mobile computing processors by the year 2020 , which are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are commonly identified by words such as "would," "may," "expects," "believes," "plans," "intends," "projects" and other terms with similar meaning. Investors are cautioned that the forward-looking statements in this blog are based on current beliefs, assumptions and expectations, speak only as of the date of this blog and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. Such statements are subject to certain known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond AMD's control, that could cause actual results and other future events to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied or projected by, the forward-looking information and statements. Investors are urged to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in AMD's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to AMD's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2017.


It’s been a busy year here at AMD – we’ve launched three new brands and many product families, reentered the server market, collaborated with industry leaders to bring premium products to market, and much more. We are grateful to our customers and partners for joining us on this journey, and look forward to the road ahead.


As we reflect on 2017, we maintain our strong conviction that business success and community success are not mutually exclusive, but rather support and further each other – that through our business decisions we can, and should, act with values that mutually advance the strength and sustainability of our community and company. We celebrate our workforce across 23 countries who strive to deliver high-performance, energy-efficient products to market, while embodying our core values rooted in corporate citizenship. Whether it’s partnering with local non-profit and educational leaders, empowering employees and advancing human rights, or conserving natural resources, we are passionate about helping solve some of the world’s toughest challenges.


AMD engineers have worked tirelessly to increase not only the performance of our processors for mobile products, but also their energy efficiency. The milestones we’ve achieved on the road to achieving our 25x20 energy efficiency goal have garnered international recognition from the Edison Awards, Green Electronics Council, Asia Responsible Entrepreneurial Award, China Computer Users’ Association, and Environmental Leader. And, our recently announced Ryzen Mobile Processors with Radeon Vega Graphics bring us even closer to achieving our goal.


Our third annual AMD Cares Day of Service saw over 1,600 workforce volunteers worldwide give 6,400 hours of their time to local service opportunities. Together, our teams restored eight parks; packed, cooked, and served 44,000 meals; assembled 2,000 educational packets; and more. Volunteerism isn’t an extracurricular, but rather a part of our DNA – our annual internal survey data shows that employees who are engaged in the community through our programs are more engaged at work too.


We value diverse perspective and have continued to cultivate a culture that empowers employees to bring their authentic selves to work every day and to use their time and talents to make an impact within their local communities. This year, we rolled out enhanced parental leave benefits for employees, maintained our “100” score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, and continued to expand our internal programs for employees and families.


Environmental stewardship continues to be a focus for us, as we pursue our 2020 sustainability goals spanning our own operations, our supply chain, and our products. We are honored to have efforts recognized this year by the Austin Chamber of Commerce, Carbon Disclosure Project, and Science-based Targets initiative.


In summary, AMDers across the globe help AMD embrace an inclusive and respectful work environment, philanthropically support our local communities, use natural resources responsibly, and more, which recently culminated in AMD being ranked on the 2017 JUST 100. We are proud of this recognition because we know the work and passion that happens daily behind the scenes to make it possible. While we have more that we want to accomplish, we’re honored to be named among our customers, partners, and other leading businesses who are putting shared values into action. It’s good for our communities, and it’s good for our business.



Susan Moore is AMD’s Corporate Vice President of Public Affairs, and is a former chairwoman of Information Technology Industry Council (ITI). Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

These past few months have been a whirlwind of activity with the launch of the AMD Ryzen™ processor line. With each announcement, the frenetic energy felt among our teams at AMD has paled in comparison to the levels of excitement we received from businesses, consumers, and enthusiasts alike. Your enthusiasm and voice is what drives us to challenge the status quo and build innovative new products. That is why today I am proud to support the launch and adoption of our new enterprise solutions built around AMD Ryzen™ PRO desktop processors.

I’m often asked, “What makes Ryzen PRO processors unique?” Ryzen PRO processors are directed toward the enterprise and public sectors and are based on three key principles: reliability, security, and performance. These principles benefit customers in many ways.


  • Ryzen PRO logo.JPGPlanned 18-month image stability enables smarter, simpler IT image deployment
  • Planned 24-month processor availability which allows for multi-year PC fleet renewal planning and smarter investment
  • Commercial-grade quality provides exceptional dependability achieved by identifying manufacturing variability and sourcing AMD PRO and Ryzen PRO products from wafers with the highest yields helping ensure high quality parts
  • GuardMI technology, in every Ryzen PRO processor, integrates a state-of-the-art, power-on to power-off, silicon-level security feature that helps protect users from an ever-increasing number of threats.
  • SenseMI technology and up to eight cores and 16 threads provide exceptional multitasking capability


When paired with an efficient Radeon™ discrete graphics card, AMD powered PCs provide a solid, future-ready computing platform designed for longevity and rapid responsiveness for demanding enterprise-class applications and multitasking workflows including enterprise VR applications.


While the Ryzen PRO processor can be found sitting in the driver’s seat of a system, we have teamed with top PC vendors in the industry, including Dell, HP, and Lenovo, to enable a new level of performance and enhance the overall user experience. Availability of the new business-class desktop PCs featuring AMD Ryzen PRO processors are expected soon, including:

In addition, Lenovo ThinkPad A475 and A275 notebook PCs featuring 7th Gen AMD PRO processors are expected in Q4 2017.


See how some of our customers are incorporating Ryzen PRO processors in their latest projects below:


Not to be overlooked, the Ryzen PRO APUs are scheduled to be launched in the first half of 2018 – we can’t wait to share more.



John Hampton, Director, Commercial Business Development for AMD. His/her postings are his/her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

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In our Shared Values blog series, we explore ways in which business and community success intersect – and what AMD is doing at those intersections. Today, I’m pleased to highlight AMD’s 22nd annual corporate responsibility update, an in-depth look at the company’s impact in society, on the environment, and within the communities where our company and employees call home.


“At AMD, we create leadership semiconductor solutions that are designed to help solve some of the world’s toughest challenges,” says AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su. “We are extremely proud to build high-performance computing and graphics products that lead the industry, and to do that in a manner that leaves the world a better place.”


This past year has been momentous in the company’s 48-year legacy, as our engineers and business teams around the world have launched new architectures for computing and graphics, code-named “Zen” and “Vega.” This has been no easy feat. In close collaboration with our technology partners, new AMD-based products are entering datacenters, machine learning, student education, university research, growing businesses, home entertainment and elsewhere.


In bringing AMD technology to market, we are proud to do so through the lens of people, planet, and purpose. The opportunities to make a meaningful impact on the challenges facing us all are great, and the technology resources at our disposal also continue to grow, right alongside the desire to create positive change through the application of innovative solutions. At AMD, this approach is not an “add on,” but a “how to.”  Through our products and presence, we strive to positively impact the people touched by our technology in the planet we share through the design and integration of technology that serves a meaningful purpose.


In this year’s update, we highlight the following priorities and engagements, plus many others:



  • Helping ensure that working conditions throughout our supply chain are safe, and that everyone involved in delivering AMD products – from the design lab to the manufacturing line – is treated with dignity and respect. We set high standards for our suppliers and regularly review and help support their compliance. See also this human rights and labor issue brief.
  • Creating an inclusive work environment where our employees bring their unique perspective and passion to work every day. AMD’s employee resource groups are integral to company culture, and support AMD’s 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index.



  • Designing energy efficient processors while continuing to meet consumers’ performance expectations. Through AMD’s award-winning 25x20 Energy Efficiency Initiative, the company remains on track to reach an ambitious goal, and third-parties are taking notice of the company’s achievements. See also this energy efficiency issue brief.
  • Remaining committed to operations that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and electricity use. The Science Based Targets Initiative verifies that AMD’s 2020 climate goals are in line with reductions needed to address climate change and transition to a low carbon economy.
  • Giving back to our site communities through the time and talent of our workforce in company-sponsored volunteer events.  In our third annual day of service, 1,640 AMDers at 20 sites worldwide headed out of the office to contribute in their communities.  This year through 6,400 volunteer hours, we collectively helped prepare 44,000 meals, planted over 1,000 trees and seedlings, collected over 900 pounds of trash, and more. Company volunteer events occur throughout the year, as well.



  • Bringing the excitement of virtual reality into the education classroom. As a showcase for educators around the world, AMD and HTC teamed up to bring virtual reality headsets and the personal computers needed to power them to a school in Nashville, Tennessee, where students used the technology to deepen their knowledge of geography, history, and more.
  • Delivering state-of-the art medical imaging into health care. Barco, Inc. leverages AMD’s graphics technology to deliver more precise and detailed diagnostic displays, enabling radiologists to improve their efficiency and accuracy in making diagnoses.
  • To learn more about how AMD’s products are enabling the creativity and passions of technology users, visit our case studies page for more stories.


We thank our workforce, technology partners and communities around the world for joining with AMD as we continue to deliver technology designed to help solve some of the world’s toughest challenges.


To keep up with AMD’s progress and programs, you may follow us on Twitter @AMDInitiatives.


Susan Moore is AMD’s Corporate Vice President of Public Affairs, and is a former chairwoman of Information Technology Industry Council (ITI). Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

When I joined AMD two years ago, AMD engineering talent and the promise of the “Zen” CPU core were major factors in my decision. Jump to today, and it’s amazing to see the rate at which we are building innovative and competitive new products through strong execution. That brings me to today’s update that spans the full Ryzen™ processor spectrum – major Ryzen Threadripper™ and Ryzen™ 3 processor updates!


You can watch AMD President and CEO Lisa Su talk with the team about these new Ryzen CPUs here.


Let’s start with my favorite CPU and platform, Ryzen Threadripper. Today, we are announcing that the processor we demonstrated for the first time at Computex will be called the Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 1950X.









AMD SVP and GM of Computing and Graphics Jim Anderson shows off Ryzen Threadripper at Computex 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan.










You know about its 16 cores and 32 threads, but it also delivers a 3.4 GHz base clock and a 4.0 GHz boost. And I’m happy to say we’ve priced the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X at a suggested retail price of USD $999, bringing incredible price/performance ratios to the High End Desktop (HEDT) market. Joining the 16-core CPU will be the Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 1920X, which packs 12 cores and 24 threads, a 3.5 GHz base clock and a 4.0 GHz boost, at a USD $799 suggested retail price. In the video link above, you’ll see both processors delivering more performance than the competition’s flagship HEDT processor, the Core i9 7900X – the 1950X by a wide margin. What’s more, every Threadripper X399 platform supporting the 1950X and 1920X features 64 lanes of PCIe® with support for up to four GPUs. And like all Ryzen processors, both the 1950X and 1920X are unlocked for overclocking*.


The best news may be that you won’t have to wait long; both Ryzen Threadripper processors and a variety of motherboards will be on shelf in early August 2017.


With Ryzen Threadripper processors representing the ultimate in desktop performance, the Ryzen 3 CPU will get even more people into the Ryzen family – at an affordable price point. Both Ryzen 3 desktop processors are 4 core, 4 thread, “Zen” architecture-based CPUs. We have two consumer desktop models, the Ryzen™ 3 1300X CPU with base clock of 3.5 GHz and boost to 3.7 GHz, and the Ryzen™ 3 1200 CPU with a base clock of 3.1 GHz and boost to 3.4 GHz. And the wait is even shorter for Ryzen 3 – it will be on shelf starting July 27th, and of course AMD AM4 A320, B350, and X370 motherboard options from the top ODMs are already available for pairing with Ryzen™ 7, Ryzen™ 5, and – very soon – Ryzen 3.


After the Ryzen 3 launch July 27th, you will hear more about both Ryzen Threadripper CPUs and our “Vega” GPUs at SIGGRAPH before month’s end. And don’t forget Alienware Area 51 Threadripper Edition pre-orders begin July 27th, too!



Cautionary Statement

This blog contains forward-looking statements concerning Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) including, but not limited to, the timing, pricing, features, functionality, availability, expectations, performance, and benefits of AMD’s Ryzen™ 3 and AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ products, which are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are commonly identified by words such as "would," "may," "expects," "believes," "plans," "intends," "projects" and other terms with similar meaning. Investors are cautioned that the forward-looking statements in this blog are based on current beliefs, assumptions and expectations, speak only as of the date of this blog and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. Such statements are subject to certain known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond AMD's control, that could cause actual results and other future events to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied or projected by, the forward-looking information and statements. Investors are urged to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in AMD's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to AMD's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended April 1, 2017.


*Note: AMD’s product warranty does not cover damages caused by overclocking, even when overclocking is enabled via AMD hardware and/or software.

Exactly three years ago we announced a six-year goal to dramatically improve the energy efficiency of our processors. AMD’s 25x20 initiative is our vision to improve the energy efficiency of our accelerated processors (APUs) for mobile technology devices by 25x from a 2014 baseline. We’ve done tremendous work to date. We’ve developed new processor architectures, power efficient technologies, and power management techniques all toward the goal of accelerating energy efficiency of not only our APUs, but also of our compute processors (CPUs) and graphics processors (GPUs). Let’s look at the results so far.



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At the three-year halfway point, we’ve launched two new products (6th and 7th Generation AMD  A-Series APUs) for mobile products, with the next generation Ryzen™ Mobile to follow in the second half of 2017. Since 2014, we have achieved a nearly 4x improvement in energy efficiency, placing AMD ahead of pace to achieve our 25x20 goal1.


Achieving these substantial improvements in energy efficiency over several years, and associated reductions in the carbon footprint of our products, required broad and deep innovation. We’ve designed and implemented many new capabilities into our processors over this time. For example, Heterogeneous Unified Memory Access (hUMA) allows the CPU and GPU to directly access the same memory as peers instead of requiring all access to go through the CPU. This hUMA has led to as much as 17 times boost in performance for certain features when using the GPU’s parallel processing in concert with the CPU2. But, because it’s a shared power/thermal infrastructure, the power demands are equivalent to using the CPU alone.


Another significant AMD innovation is adaptive voltage and frequency scaling. This scaling involves the implementation of unique, patented silicon speed capability sensors and voltage sensors in addition to traditional temperature and power sensors. Silicon speed capability and platform voltage control can vary significantly part-to-part and platform-to-platform. The speed and voltage sensors enable each individual processor to adapt to its silicon characteristics, platform behavior, and operating environment. By adapting in real-time to these parameters, the processor can dynamically optimize its operation for maximum efficiency.


These innovations and the many other technologies we’ve created and implemented over the last three years are substantive and foundational engineering work. Our efforts have been widely recognized too, having received multiple awards worldwide from prestigious organizations.


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When we think about these recognitions in terms of customer experience, we’re honored by these awards from the technology and energy efficiency communities. The excellent engineering, progress towards the goal, and public accolades show that we are on the right path. AMD remains committed to the 25x20 goal, and will continue to leverage our portfolio of intellectual property around architectural innovation, power-efficient technology, and power management techniques.


However, the best is yet to come. The 25x20 results so far have come from our 28nm products. We anticipate a strong improvement in performance per watt by moving to a 14nm FinFET process. We will launch our Ryzen Mobile APU built on this process in the second half of 2017. What’s more, we’re not resting on the design front. We are adding more power management with a suite of power reduction techniques called Pure Power. In Ryzen Mobile, we are estimating an increase in CPU performance of up to 50 percent, and graphics over 40 percent, with a cut in power use of up to 50 percent.


At the halfway point, we are on track to achieve 25x20. I’m very happy with what we’ve done to advance energy efficiency and achieve this position, and very excited about the innovation still to come. Creating differentiated low-power products remains a key element of our business strategy. We will continue to report on our progress toward achieving the 25x20 energy efficiency goal, as we strive to bring customers the benefit of industry leadership.



Mark Papermaster is CTO and SVP for Technology & Engineering at AMD. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied. 


[1] Typical-use Energy Efficiency is defined by taking the ratio of compute capability as measured by common performance measures such as Cinebench and 3DMark 11, divided by typical energy use as defined by ETEC (Typical Energy Consumption for notebook computers) as specified in Energy Star Program Requirements Rev 6.1 10/2014. “Kaveri” represents the baseline of relative compute capability (1.0) and relative energy efficiency (1.0). 6th Generation APU "Carrizo” relative compute capability (1.23) divided by relative energy efficiency (0.35) equals 3.5X improvement over “Kaveri”. 7th Generation APU “Bristol Ridge” relative compute capability (1.36) divided by relative energy efficiency (0.34) equals 3.95X improvement over “Kaveri”. Testing conducted by AMD Performance labs on optimized AMD reference systems. PC manufacturers may vary configuration yielding different results. An equal blend of Cinebench R15 CPU performance score and 3DMark11 GPU performance score is used to represent APU performance. In order of Cinebench / 3DMark11 scores, Kaveri scored 232/2142, Carrizo scored 277/2709, and Bristol Ridge scored 279/3234.


[2] Footnote 17 in

AMD has a long history of promoting energy efficiency, resource conservation and the resulting cost savings to advance our collective environmental, social, and economic interests. In fact, we’ve been setting corporate responsibility goals and publicly reporting AMD’s progress for more than two decades.


As designers of microprocessors during a period of amazing growth in technology, we embrace the responsibility to protect our planet, and the opportunity to help others save energy. Our belief is that business competitiveness and resource conservation, like energy efficiency, do not have to be separate ideals, but are instead mutually supportive. We envision a world where technology decouples environmental impacts from economic growth – a world where ultra-efficient technology powers breakthroughs in education, productivity, health, research, and more.


Today we are reiterating our steadfast commitment to AMD’s comprehensive energy and environmental goals.  We are proud to be the first microprocessor company with verified science-based environmental goals, which span our supply chain, building operations, and product use. AMD is committed to helping power an energy efficient and productive future.

AMD is excited to announce that Citrix’s new hypervisor, XenServer 7.2, supports Radeon™ Pro MxGPU (multiuser GPU) in a technology preview.  This means that enterprises can preview our AMD FirePro™ S7150x2 GPUs in virtual desktop infrastructures (VDI).   To show it off, AMD was at Citrix Synergy 2017 in Orlando, Florida.   In our booth was the first public demonstration of XenServer 7.2 running on AMD GPUs.   Not only did we show the power and performance of our GPU technology, but did it from 1092 miles away.  You see, the demonstration was delivered from a datacenter outside of New York City by AMD technology partner IMSCAD.


The demo was awesome!   The complete capabilities of Autodesk apps, Revit, Inventor and AutoCAD were shown off with our AMD FirePro S7150x2 card in an HPE ProLiant DL380 server from IMSCAD’s New York datacenter.  Running on Citrix XenServer 7.2, our MxGPU delivered full workstation class performance while being shared four users per GPU.  At the other end of the wire, over 1000 miles of it, was an HPE t620 Thin Client powered by AMD Quad-Core APU.  So a complete end-to-end AMD solution in full glory!


Our second demo was also extensively remote.  Why lug heavy and loud servers to a trade show, when you can show off the AMD’s great technologies from a datacenter.  In this demo we ran VMware ESXI 6.5 on a Dell PowerEdge R730 server installed with an AMD FirePro S7150x2. Splitting the GPU by 8 users, we delivered a workstation-class experience for Solidworks 2017.  Over 440 miles it ran, to the booth at Synergy to an IGEL thin client also powered by an AMD Quad-core APU.  So here’s the net/net: AMD end-to-end, hardware virtualized graphics running XenServer 7.2, workstation performance from the datacenter, delivered elegantly to AMD-powered thin clients.  What’s not to love?

Did you stop by CitrixSynergy 2017?


Any customer who is eligible to upgrade to XenServer 7.2 can start their testing with any host that supports the AMD FirePro™ S7100-series GPUs.  To enable XenServer, click here to check out the download and associated release notes. You will also find details via this link on how to submit bugs.


To use Citrix XenServer with AMD MxGPU virtualized graphics technology you will need to download the XenServer GIM Driver and the Radeon™ Pro Software Beta here. You will also find the Citrix Deployment Guide on this page.  Be sure to give us your feedback!

Check out IMSCAD at

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See you next year!!



This year at NAB Show 2017, AMD announced the latest Radeon™ Pro Duo showcased in multiple demos this year.  For those who stopped by, they witnessed the Radeon Pro Duo graphics card being capable of developing and driving VR experiences at the ultimate fidelity level. What else? Create games faster with application optimizations to enhance workflow performance. Enjoy the benefits of AMD LiquidVR™ technology to enable rich and immersive VR experiences by simplifying and optimizing VR content creation designed to work seamlessly with leading headsets. Be more productive by completing tasks lightning fast. With dual GPUs enabled with high bandwidth memory (HBM) technology, Radeon Pro Duo graphics has the parallel computing power to speed through OpenCL™ supported applications such as Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects, Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve Studio and Blackmagic Fusion Studio.



Radeon Pro SSG Technology demos also raised the excitement this year collaborating with Adobe.  Increasing the speed of modern workflows by an order of magnitude and the disruptive technology accelerating the art of the impossible with potential for terabytes of memory. State of the art content creation, scientific and engineering visualization applications require the processing of big datasets, far larger than can be contained within the capacities of existing GPU memory. As content creators rapidly adopt 8K resolution to future-proof their content, these performance boosts can improve quality of life, productivity and efficiency in the editing process



This year, AMD had two locations.  One, working with Studio Experience where we had daily theatre presentations throughout the show.  Speakers included; Mettle; 360 video experiences, Boris FX; Mocha VR, Foundry; Nuke11 Tech Preview, Lightsail VR; Google Immersive VR, Next Computing; Edge P100 mobile workstation overview, Autodesk; Flame, Fugitives; The making of Francis VR & Radiant Images; AMD LOOM 360 video stitching, and Moon Base invasion and Magma Chamber by Jonathan Winbush with Mix Master Mike!


Other key takeaways:

AMD teams with HP & Dell at Avid Connect:
1200+ attendees over two days. Oculus 360 video VR demonstrations, Roy Taylor: AMD VR strategy overview, Ogi Brkic; AMD Radeon Pro Business Division overview.


AMD teams with Torus Media Labs for VR:
Showcasing the Radeon Pro WX7100 cards with their CANVAS 360 toolkit for Adobe After Effects helping artists create VR experiences to their fullest potential.


AMD shows off the Radeon™ Pro WX series cards- Radeon™ Pro WX4100, WX5100, and WX7100:
Based on the “Polaris” architecture, Radeon Pro GPUs employ the latest advances in AMD’s 4th generation Graphics Core Next architecture, including uncompromising 4K video decode and encode. All built utilizing a power efficient 14nm FinFET manufacturing process. Importantly, these professional graphics cards are fully compatible with open source software through GPUOpen.


Next Computing and Boxx Technology latest AMD hardware partners to participate in NAB show with new hardware offerings:
Next Computing; showcasing their M&E computer offerings for mobile the Edge P100 mobile workstation & the Edge T100 tower for high-end content creation and video editing has been announced recently and was showcased at the show.  Click here for NextComputing NAB 2017 Wrap-Up Report – Part 1!


Boxx Technologies: Showcasing the Appex 4 workstation with dual WX7100 GPU technology and AMD’s state-of-the-art Ryzen CPU chipset.


That’s a wrap!!



IT managers need to stay a step ahead of their business needs, so that when their users need better tools, better mobility and better flexibility, the IT team is ready to respond. The collaboration between AMD and Citrix delivers a simple, secure and cost effective solution for high performance virtual desktops.


With the upcoming release of the next XenServerupdate, IT managers have access to the Tech Preview of AMD MxGPU and are free to configure the AMD FirePro™ S7100-series in a Citrix environment that meets the needs of their organization, whether it’s for CAD and M&E workloads or for office applications that task workers utilize every day.


Any customer who is eligible to upgrade XenServer can start their testing with any host that supports the AMD FirePro™ S7100-series GPUs.


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Ryzen Box-2.pngAMD recently launched the first of its new processors named Ryzen, and the news captured worldwide attention. Although not as well-known, there’s another story around this major product launch that is also rewarding to AMD. This behind-the-scenes story centers around the relationship between WOODCHUCK USA, a home-grown company in Minneapolis, Minnesota and its planting of trees across the world, including remote Madagascar, Africa.


WOODCHUCK USA is a custom wood products manufacturer that AMD engaged to provide a container to deliver 500 of its new Ryzen processors with motherboard and memory to reviewers. AMD looked for an idea that exemplified the new Ryzen brand demonstrating human creative spirit, symmetry and naturalness, and sought an opportunity to work with a vendor that shares AMD’s corporate value of environmental sustainability. Working with AMD, WOODCHUCK USA designed a custom wood box made of walnut and left in its natural state to create a simple and elegant package. The box is also sustainable thanks to WOODCHUCK USA’s “Buy One. Plant One.” Program.


Founded five years ago by CEO Benjamin VandenWymelenberg, the company has quickly grown to 53 artisans and employees with plans for continued expansion of jobs and growth.  As Ben says, our mission is to, "Put nature back into people's lives, bring jobs back to America, and bring quality back to products." 


In WOODCHUCK USA’s "BUY ONE. PLANT ONE." Program, a tree is planted for each item the company makes and sells. The program operates in North America and Madagascar, helping to promote biodiversity of forests. According to WOODCHUCK USA, it takes about one tree to make 1,500 to 3,000 units of their various products, and thus, they are replenishing forests at a rate of up to 3,000 times their tree usage. As of March 2017, the program has facilitated the planting of more than one million seedlings.


As a result of its purchase, AMD received the GPS coordinates in the Ankarafantsika National Park where last year, villagers from surrounding villages were hired on behalf of WOODCHUCK USA and their non-profit partner to plant and begin tending to five hundred, 12”-16” deciduous seedling trees. The planting is particularly important in Madagascar where, according to National Geographic, ninety percent of the plants and animals found on the island evolved there and nowhere else.[i] But according to World Wildlife Fund, less than 10% of Madagascar’s original forest cove exists today.[ii]  Most has been cleared for agriculture, cattle grazing and firewood. To help protect the island’s endangered animals and other unique species and flora, the government has set aside more than nine million acres (3.7 million hectares) of land.[iii]


AMD joins WOODCHUCK USA in sharing the values of environmental sustainability - business and community success do not have to be separate ideals, but instead play a role supporting each other. To learn more about WOODCHUCK USA’s "BUY ONE. PLANT ONE" program, watch here. You can stay updated about AMD’s corporate responsibility efforts online and by following us @AMDInitiatives.




Susan Moore is AMD’s Corporate Vice President of Public Affairs, and is a former chair of Information Technology Industry Council (ITI). Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.






In my “shared values” blog series, I’ve been exploring the idea that business competitiveness and community success through economic and social conditions do not have to be separate ideals, but instead the two play a role supporting the other. At AMD, we see “People, Planet, and Purpose” as a framework to reflect our shared-value approach. And Earth Day, April 22nd, is an important time to reflect on our role as environmental stewards throughout the year. I’m proud to share our related goals and progress, as well as our Earth Day activities, as we continue the important work ahead.



“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” This African proverb speaks to how we view partnerships in AMD’s pursuit of environmental sustainability. We realized early that collaboration is critical - whether it’s demonstrating best manufacturing practices with our wafer suppliers, working with customers to optimize product energy efficiency, or volunteering with community partners. Over decades, we’ve built trusted relationships with these and other stakeholders. Earth Day, in particular, is a celebration with our community allies through our annual AMD Cares Day of Service. AMDers around the globe help clean parks and beaches, plant trees and seeds, and contribute to the community where they live and work. Last year in recognition of volunteer activities during the Day of Service, the AMD Foundation committed $75,000 in financial grants to our community partners, helping support their success and mission. It’s immensely gratifying to see our commitments in motion through our people and partners.


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As designers of microprocessors during an era of amazing technological growth, we embrace the responsibility to help protect our planet and the opportunity to help others save energy. Our 2020 climate goals to reduce carbon emissions span AMD’s business operations and have been verified by the Science Based Targets Initiative, meaning the goals are aggressive enough to address AMD’s role in the fight against climate change. As of this writing, AMD is the only semiconductor company with this distinction from Science Based Targets. Another tangible company initiative is our international award-winning 25x20 goal to accelerate the energy efficiency of AMD mobile processors 25 times by 2020, from a 2014 baseline. This means in 2020, an AMD powered laptop will consume 1/5th the power and accomplish a task in 1/5th the time as one produced in 2014! We’re proud to be on-track to achieve our goal, and plan to announce more progress later this year with our upcoming Ryzen notebook processors.


Every day, thousands of AMDers around the globe come to work and design AMD technology that enables a better world. The tagline “Inspired by You” from our last Corporate Responsibility report embodies this inspiration for our engineers and business teams. Whether it’s a scientist conducting research, a teacher advancing STEM education, or a doctor healing patients, we are motivated by seeing AMD processors helping empower people around the world. This purpose applies now more than ever as AMD’s newest Ryzen and Radeon™ processors come to market in 2017, powering a more efficient, productive, and enjoyable world.


I hope you enjoy and celebrate Earth Day. I personally look forward to rolling up my sleeves alongside thousands of AMDers, as we give back to people in our communities during our 3rd annual Day of Service. Visit us here to learn more about AMD’s environmental vision, follow us @AMDInitiatives, and look soon for our 22nd annual corporate responsibility update.


Susan Moore is AMD’s Corporate Vice President of Public Affairs, and is a former chair of Information Technology Industry Council (ITI). Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

The latest from AMD and Radeon Pro will be showcased this year at NAB Show 2017 from April 22 – 27 in Las Vegas. Radeon Pro will reveal innovations and cutting edge technologies in collaboration with HP, Dell, BOXX, Foundry, Adobe, Avid, Mettle and BlackMagic Design.




AMD will be hosting several booths with Radeon Pro technology in action: booth #SL 7620 in the South Hall, Studio Experience booth #SL 2424 in partnership with HP and Avid Connect and booth #SU 902 sponsored by HP and AMD.

Our Avid Connect booth will be the largest partner booth in the Partner Pavilion, including two AMD keynotes promoting Radeon Pro and an Avid Connect exec panel featuring AMD. There will be several demos running that will allow attendees to experience the power and speed of Radeon Pro’s latest technology.

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Welcome to another edition of AMD’s “Shared Values” blog series. In a previous post, I highlighted some of the shared value priorities of AMD in Texas. In this blog, I will turn the spotlight on our operations in California, where AMD was founded.


AMD has enjoyed a long and vibrant history in California that began in 1969 when a group of Fairchild engineers decided to start a new semiconductor company, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). Jerry Sanders was named president and he remained at the helm for 32 years, bringing immeasurable passion to the company and industry.


Our engineers in California architect and design leading edge Compute Processing (x86), Graphics, Data Fabric, and Interface IP to form the building blocks of the innovative products that AMD brings to the market. These products power everything from the Microsoft® Xbox One™ and the Sony PlayStation 4, to many powerful, virtual reality (VR)-ready desktops and Windows® 10-based laptops, 5K iMacs, and the MacBook Pro, and beyond. AMD is the only company that can do both high-performance x86 and graphics processing unit (GPU) products, and our California site plays a major role in their development.


AMD has been contributing to the state’s thriving technology industry ecosystem for 47 years through jobs, tax revenue, university relations, and charitable involvement.  We employ nearly 800 workers and California is home to many of AMD’s top executives.  We embrace the opportunities and responsibilities that come with this recognition and in this vein, I would like to highlight three areas of shared values.


Economic Prosperity


The economy in which our employees and their families work and live is a pathway to opportunity and prosperity. In the State of California, AMD primarily hires for jobs in engineering, technical fields, and professional support roles. 100 percent of these jobs exceed the average wage for the State of Calfornia.1


Innovation is key to growing a strong economy and AMD holds more than 5,000 U.S. intellectual property patents, including more than 1,000 with one or more California inventors.


To help promote the vibrant economy of our region, state, and nation, and with an eye toward the future, 40 years ago this July, then-AMD CEO Jerry Sanders joined Hewlett-Packard co-founder David Packard and 30 other Valley visionaries to create the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. "The Silicon Valley technology industry is a tremendous contributor to our country's jobs, investments, and economic stability. The Silicon Valley Leadership Group is indebted to AMD for having the foresight and fortitude to help found our organization," says its president and CEO Carl Guardino. AMD also supports other regional business initiatives such as the Silicon Valley Employers Forum.


Environmental Sustainability


AMD values its strong relationships with California universities not only for innovative technology but also for environmental sustainability. AMD regularly collaborates with universities, such as Stanford and UC Berkeley, on a variety of projects focused on evaluating the potential environmental impacts of computing products. For example, since 2016 AMD has been engaging with professors at UC Berkeley on a project focused on assessing and optimizing the energy efficiency of gaming computers. Senior AMD technical staff have also co-authored articles with professors addressing issues such as computing energy efficiency.


AMD recognizes its responsibility to reduce our direct impacts on the environment and to inspire and enable others to do the same. Our Sunnyvale site is a past recipient of the Breathe California Clean Air Award for leadership in alternative transportation. For many years, AMD has sponsored a public shuttle that connects our headquarters at 1 AMD Place to nearby Caltrain stations. Employees can also purchase public transit passes using pre-tax dollars, saving 30-40 percent.


Vibrant Neighborhoods


AMD strives to be a model corporate citizen in the communities where we are located. We have a strong reputation as an engaged partner with California charitable organizations and contribute to numerous California schools and nonprofit organizations focusing on STEM programs, basic needs, environmental projects, and more. AMD's workforce in Silicon Valley has volunteered over 2,600 hours in company-sponsored events over the last five years.


Our community partnerships might be best exemplified by AMD's engagement with Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) in Sunnyvale, which we have been a longstanding partner with for over 20 years. Our campus has provided financial grants, and local AMDers volunteer regularly assembling educational project kits. By investing in our communities, we're able to build stronger relationships.


Ruth Cotter, AMD Chief HR Officer and SVP Corporate Communications and Investor Relations,

and Devinder Kumar, AMD CFO and Treasurer

AMD employees volunteering at RAFT during AMD's annual Day of Service


As we move our headquarters down the road from Sunnyvale to Santa Clara in late 2017, our company’s commitment to California remains strong. We look forward to a continued, unwavering presence in Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, and the State of California, anchored in part by the values we appreciate and share with our community.




Susan Moore is AMD’s Corporate Vice President of Public Affairs, and past Chair of Information Technology Industry Council (ITI). Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.