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Listening to users on how our products operate in the real world is very important to AMD. Your collective voice is heard and is key to how we develop and build great products like our recently launched 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors.

 

With our newest processors, we set out to build a family of products that offered outstanding performance and amazing value across a wide number of applications – and from the user response and third party reviews we have done just that.  Alongside this feedback on the incredible performance of 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen, we have also heard from some users who expressed concerns about their ability to hit the maximum boost frequency of their product.  We understand how this can be confusing and frustrating for those users, so we are providing more context on how we set the boost frequencies on 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors, and what you should expect to see.

 

Our processors perform intelligent real-time analysis of the CPU temperature, motherboard voltage regulator current (amps), socket power (watts), loaded cores, and workload intensity to maximize performance from millisecond to millisecond. As part of our manufacturing process, each Ryzen 3000 series is tested at a set of voltage and temperature specifications to ensure the processor is capable of operating to the base and maximum boost frequency specified.  

 

Achieving this maximum boost frequency, and the duration of time the processor sits at this maximum boost frequency, will vary from PC to PC based on many factors such as having adequate voltage and current headroom, the ambient temperature, installing the most up-to-date software and BIOS, and especially the application of thermal paste and the effectiveness of the system/processor cooling solution.

 

            As we noted in this blog, we also resolved an issue in our BIOS that was reducing maximum boost frequency by 25-50MHz depending on workload. We expect our motherboard partners to make this update available as a patch in two to three weeks. Following the installation of the latest BIOS update, a consumer running a bursty, single threaded application on a PC with the latest software updates and adequate voltage and thermal headroom should see the maximum boost frequency of their processor. PCMark® 10 is a good, bursty workload proxy for a user to test the maximum boost frequency of their processor in their system.  It is expected that if users run a workload like Cinebench, which runs for an extended period of time, the operating frequencies may be less than the maximum throughout the run.

 

As always, if a user has a concern about the performance or operation of their AMD Ryzen processor, we ask that they contact us here for technical support and assistance.

 

As the hundreds of independent reviews and online comments and ratings from users highlight, Ryzen 3000 series processors deliver leadership performance across productivity, gaming, and content creation workloads. We are incredibly proud of the product our talented engineers have designed, and we think Ryzen processors are the clear choice for anyone looking to buy the highest performance processors based on real-world application performance.

Today, Fast Company announced an exciting new company ranking – Best Workplaces for Innovators. The goal of the list is to “identify and celebrate companies that empower employees at all levels to improve processes, create new products, or invent whole new ways of doing business.”

 

I could not be prouder that AMD made the inaugural list.

 

Our culture of innovation is essential to our mission of building great products that accelerate next generation computing experiences. It is fueled by:

 

  • Total clarity around our top priorities of:
    • Building great products
    • Deepening customer relationships
    • Simplifying everything we do 
  • The value of transparency and accountability:
    • Delivering on our promises
    • Identifying issues early and working collaboratively to find solutions
  • Embracing a competitive spirit:
    • Setting ambitious goals and doing everything we can to beat them
    • Being resourceful and innovative - doing things differently

 

AMD was founded 50 years ago as a Silicon Valley startup with dozens of employees focused on imagining and creating leading-edge semiconductor products for a broad set of markets. From this humble beginning and rich history of innovation, we have grown into a global company of ten thousand people who show up every day to push the envelope in high performance computing by bringing our culture to life and turn strategy into results.

 

Today, we are all about challenging the status quo and striving for the next 5 percent – of product performance, of operational efficiency, of customer service and collaboration, of what each of us can do so that we as a company can redefine what’s next and help transform lives with our technology.

 

That’s why I’m so proud to see AMD on this list and honored for the passion of this talented team to be recognized for the innovative spirit that has led to the strongest product portfolio in our 50-year history. We are at the early stages of our journey and there’s never been a more exciting time for the company than right now.

This year, AMD reached an important milestone – its 50th anniversary. Across the world, AMDers celebrated one-half of a century of innovation. For me, the celebrations were highlighted by seeing AMD founder and former CEO Jerry Sanders join the stage with our current CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, at our quarterly all-company meeting. It was a special event witnessing their relaxed rapport and listening to their thoughts about delivering a new wave of high-performance technologies to transform our world.

 

At AMD, we are extremely focused on building products that push the boundaries of what’s possible. We do so with mindfulness about the people developing and using our technology, our present and future impact on the planet, and the purpose of high-performance semiconductors in helping solve important challenges spanning business, health care, education and more.

 

Over the last year, AMD has applied this mindset of “people, planet, purpose” to better understanding our role in supporting the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specifically, we participated in the first quantifiable and scalable assessment of corporate performance to the SDGs and applied those measurements to our focus areas. I then traveled to India to join civil society leaders to learn and contribute our insights about the role of businesses and technology in helping advance the SDGs.

 

I look forward to continuing to share more about our journey, and the impact we envision over the next 50 years. Now, I’m pleased to announce our annual Corporate Citizenship update is available, highlighting progress toward our environmental goals and social initiatives.

 

Some highlights include:

 

People

  • In 2018, we expanded our supply chain responsibility practices, enhancing our risk assessment efforts to better make certain all workers are treated with respect and that working conditions are safe.
  • Giving back to our communities with our time, talent and resources also remains a priority. In 2018, no less than 2,838 AMDers volunteered a total of 15,324 hours in their local communities for a 49% increase in volunteer hours over the previous year. From exciting students about STEM to cleaning up parks and beaches and so much more, AMDers are making a positive impact. According to our annual employee survey results in 2018, 83% of AMDers are proud of AMD’s involvement in the community and social causes.
  • Reinforcing our priorities, we’re honored to have been included in the 2019 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index and named as a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality” on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index.

 

Planet

  • To augment our benchmarking practices, AMD participated in an innovative pilot initiative to help develop the Trucost SDG Evaluation Tool aimed at bolstering corporate adoption of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The findings helped us to further identify and address corporate risks and opportunities related to the SDGs.
  • We continue to make progress toward our 2020 climate goals, which have been approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative. In 2018, we sourced 27 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy, enough to power 3,300 U.S. homes for a year1.
  • AMD’s 25x20 Energy Efficiency Initiative continues to inspire AMD engineers to design increasingly efficient processors for mobile devices. In 2018, we launched our fastest, most energy efficient mobile processor ever, advancing our mission to improve energy efficiency 25 times by 2020, from a 2014 baseline.

 

Purpose

 

To see more ways AMD technology is being used to help improve our world, visit our case studies page.

 

AMD’s ability to achieve both its business and corporate responsibility goals is the result of innovative, passionate, hard-working employees around the world. Together, we are looking forward to the next 50 years of delivering high-performance computing and graphics technologies and doing so in a way that makes the world a better place for the generations to come.

 

Susan Moore is AMD’s Corporate Vice President of Public Affairs and is a former chairwoman of Information Technology Industry Council (ITI). Susan was named a 2019 "Woman Worth Watching" by Profiles in Diversity Journal and she serves on the boards of ITI; as CEO alternate to the U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association; Austin Community Foundation; Austin Chamber of Commerce; and Lifeworks. 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.

 

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This blog contains forward-looking statements concerning Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) including, but not limited to, features, functionality, availability, timing, deployment and expectations of an EPYC™ and Radeon™ based exascale system, 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 March 30, 2019.

 

1. According to the EPA Green House Gasses Equivalencies Calculator, https://www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator.

2018 was another significant year in AMD’s progress in our multi-year strategy in high-performance computing and graphics. Over the past year, we launched 23 new AMD Ryzen™ processors for desktops and laptops; latest numbers indicate about a 12% increase in our employee workforce; and we have expanded our supplier base. 

 

Within this environment of growth, I’m proud that AMD continues to be driven by a pursuit of building great products that help solve some of the world’s toughest challenges, and doing so in a way that strives to leave the world better for those to come. This vision inspires a culture that excites and empowers AMD’ers, and has resulted in AMD again being named by Forbes and Just Capital as one of the 100 Most JUST Companies in the U.S. We’re honored by the recognition, but more pleased to know that we’re heading in the right direction and our investments are paying off.

 

The JUST 100 analyzes publicly-traded companies in the U.S. to determine their performance on a number of issues important to Americans – among them, focusing on environmental stewardship, product benefits, community engagement, treatment of customers, and very importantly, treatment of workers. These issues align closely with our corporate responsibility priorities, which we view through the lens of people, planet and purpose.

 

As we reflect on this recognition, and the behind-the-scenes work that made it possible, I’d like to share a few highlights from this past year.

 

Giving back through our fourth annual AMD Cares Day of Service

Although it was a busy time for our workforce, we saw higher participation in our fourth annual AMD Cares Day of Service with a 29 percent increase last year. In the midst of competing priorities, teams still made time to step away from their desks to connect with our local communities. In a compelling data point, our employee survey shows higher engagement among employees who volunteer.

 

Delivering our fastest and most efficient APU ever

AMD’s 25x20 Energy Efficiency Initiative continues to be a driving force behind the development of our mobile accelerated processing units (APUs). We are on track to meet our goal of achieving a 25x energy efficiency improvement in our mobile APUs by the year 2020, from a 2014 baseline. Last year, we reached another milestone with our latest “Raven Ridge” APU, our fastest and most efficient APU to date[i].

 

Looking towards the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

AMD participated in the pilot program for a new tool from Trucost, which allows companies to evaluate their business practices to determine progress toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our involvement gave AMD not only the opportunity to benchmark our programs, but also contribute in the development of a tool to help the business community implement and improve sustainable practices.

 

Collaborating to help solve societal challenges

High-performance computing (HPC) is benefiting the world in which we live. From healthcare to education and other applications, HPC is helping to improve lives around the world. By way of example, we recently shared details about a collaboration with the University of Notre Dame to deploy AMD EPYC™ processor-powered HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 servers in the university’s Center for Research Computing (CRC). This powerful CRC cluster is enabling innovative research in analysis of air pollution on human health, and in the relationship between deforestation and our atmosphere.

 

While it is important to reflect on the progress we have made together in 2018, we know there is always more work to do. We look forward to another year of delivering innovative technology, advancing environmental stewardship, bringing value to the communities in which we live and work, and more.

 

Follow our progress on Twitter - @AMDInitiatives.

 

Susan Moore is Corporate Vice President of Government Affairs, Corporate Responsibility and Community Affairs for AMD. 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. 


 


[i] Based on AMD internal testing as of 6/15/2018. Relative energy efficiency based on a 50:50 weighted average of CPU+GPU performance (variable “C”), as evaluated by Cinebench R15 nT and 3DMark 11 P scores, divided by typical energy usage (variable “E”) as defined by: ETEC (Typical Energy Consumption for notebook computers), Energy Star Program Requirements Rev 6.1 10/2014. AMD “Kaveri” (2014) represents the baseline of 1.0X for CPU, GPU, and ETEC. AMD “Carrizo” (2015) efficiency 1.23C/0.35E=3.51X. AMD “Bristol Ridge” (2016) efficiency 1.36C/0.34E=3.97X. AMD “Raven Ridge” (2017) efficiency 2.47C/0.44E=5.66X. AMD “Raven Ridge 2018” efficiency based on expected characteristics of forthcoming solution. Scores in order of Cinebench R15 nT/3DMark 11 P Score: “Kaveri” 232/2142 (100%), “Carrizo” 277/2709 (123%), “Bristol Ridge” 279/3234 (136%), “Raven Ridge” 667/4425 (247%), “Raven Ridge 2018” (based on expected characteristics of forthcoming solution). AMD Reference Platform: “Kaveri” AMD FX-7600P, 2x4GB DDR3L-1600, Crucial CT256M4SSD2, Windows 8.1 x64 9600, Graphics Driver 13.350.0.0, 1366x768 / AMD Reference Platform: “Carrizo” AMD FX-8800P, 2x2GB DDR3-1866, Crucial CT256M550SSD1, Windows 10 x64 10586, Graphics Driver 21.19.137.514, 1366x768 / AMD Reference Platform: “Bristol Ridge” AMD FX-9830P, 2x4GB DDR4-2133, Crucial CT256M4SSD2, Windows 10 x64 10586, Graphics Driver 21.19.137.514, 1366x768 / AMD Reference Platform: “Raven Ridge” AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700U, 2x4GB DDR4-2400, Samsung 850 Pro SSD, Windows 10 x64 15254, Graphics Driver: 22.19.655.2, 1920x1080 / AMD Reference Platform: “Raven Ridge 2018” based on expected characteristics of forthcoming solution. Results may vary with configuration and driver versions. RVM-108

I recently helped judge Technovation’s 2018 World Pitch Night, hosted at AMD’s campus in California. Technovation, a global technology entrepreneurship program for girls age 10-18, invited 12 finalist teams from more than 12,000 participants worldwide to present their business plans for a mobile app to solve a problem in their community.

 

Although much has occurred since that night, I can’t quit thinking about the girls and mentors I met through the experience, and their courage, persistence and belief in a great idea. Many had never before traveled outside of their home country, and others spoke about new career plans. It reminds me of the opportunity and responsibility we have at AMD to enable great ideas by creating powerful technology that leaves the world better for the generations to come.

 

This desire to help create a better world and solve some of its toughest challenges is what drives us at AMD to push the boundaries of high-performance computing, datacenters and visualization technologies in a responsible and ethical manner. That’s why I’m pleased to announce on behalf of nearly 10,000 AMD employees, our 23rd annual corporate responsibility update.

 

This year’s update highlights how AMD focuses on people, our planet and the purpose behind our technology with updates on progress toward sustainability programs and goals, the community impact of our employee volunteers and new case studies showcasing how consumers are using AMD technology to improve lives.

 

People

 

  • Working together to positively impact the communities in which we live and work is a value deeply embedded in AMDers worldwide. Throughout the year we take time out of the work day to volunteer, giving back to our neighborhoods and fostering comradery among our teams.  Testament to our progress was the 29% increase in the number of global AMDers who participated in company-sponsored volunteer events in 2017, for a total of 2,451 AMDers contributing 10,257 hours of service to help promote STEM education, clean up local parks, provide meals and more.
  • We continue to cultivate an inclusive culture that values and respects all perspectives and experiences – what we call “multi voice” at AMD. We believe this is key to a diverse employee workforce, and that it drives our ability to innovate and build great products. Through employee resource groups, maintaining our 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, participating in industry initiatives to improve diversity, and more, we continue to invest in our current and future workforce.

 

Planet

 

  • AMD’s 25x20 Energy Efficiency Initiative continues to enable innovative energy-efficient platforms, delivering benefits to both our customers and planet. As the 25x20 initiative continues to reach key milestones, our progress has been recognized with awards like the 2017 California Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA).
    • The latest Ryzen™ processor with Radeon™ Graphics is expected to be the most efficient and the fastest APU we’ve ever built. Learn more about our progress in SVP and CTO Mark Papermaster’s latest blog.
  • We continue to progress toward our approved science-based 2020 climate protection goals and further strengthen our supply chain by engaging with our suppliers to see that workers are treated with respect and dignity, and that manufacturing processes are environmentally responsible. This year, AMD joined CDP’s 2018 Supplier Engagement Leader Board representing the top 2% of over 3,000 sustainably-focused, reporting companies.

 

Purpose

 

 

As we look to the future, we do so with an eye toward helping create a better, more sustainable world with powerful technology and responsible business practices that bring shared value to our employees, customers, suppliers, investors and communities. We thank those who have joined us in this mission.

 

 

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.

AMD is unique in the world of computing as the only company with both high-performance CPU and GPU products. For the past several years we have been executing our multi-generational leadership product and architectural roadmap. Just in the last 18 months, we successfully introduced and ramped our strongest set of products in more than a decade and our business has grown dramatically as we gained market share across the PC, gaming and datacenter markets.

 

The industry is at a significant inflection point as the pace of Moore’s Law slows while the demand for computing and graphics performance continues to grow. This trend is fueling significant shifts throughout the industry and creating new opportunities for companies that can successfully bring together architectural, packaging, system and software innovations with leading-edge process technologies. That is why at AMD we have invested heavily in our architecture and product roadmaps, while also making the strategic decision to bet big on the 7nm process node. While it is still too early to provide more details on the architectural and product advances we have in store with our next wave of products, it is the right time to provide more detail on the flexible foundry sourcing strategy we put in place several years ago.

 

AMD’s next major milestone is the introduction of our upcoming 7nm product portfolio, including the initial products with our second generation “Zen 2” CPU core and our new “Navi” GPU architecture. We have already taped out multiple 7nm products at TSMC, including our first 7nm GPU planned to launch later this year and our first 7nm server CPU that we plan to launch in 2019. Our work with TSMC on their 7nm node has gone very well and we have seen excellent results from early silicon. To streamline our development and align our investments closely with each of our foundry partner’s investments, today we are announcing we intend to focus the breadth of our 7nm product portfolio on TSMC’s industry-leading 7nm process. We also continue to have a broad partnership with GLOBALFOUNDRIES spanning multiple process nodes and technologies. We will leverage the additional investments GLOBALFOUNDRIES is making in their robust 14nm and 12nm technologies at their New York fab to support the ongoing ramp of our AMD Ryzen, AMD Radeon and AMD EPYC processors. We do not expect any changes to our product roadmaps as a result of these changes. 

 

We are proud of the long-standing and successful relationships we have built with our multiple foundry partners, and we will continue to strengthen these relationships to enable the manufacturing capacity required to support our product roadmaps. I look forward to providing more details on those innovations as we prepare to introduce the industry’s first 7nm GPU later this year and our first 7nm CPUs next year.

Just a little more than four years ago, we announced a six-year goal to dramatically improve the energy efficiency of our mobile processors. AMD’s 25x20 initiative is our vision to strengthen the energy efficiency of our accelerated processors (APUs) for mobile devices by 25x by year 2020.

 

When we undertook the challenge, we set a clear vision and goal, had a number of very promising approaches, yet the specific path to 25x was not complete. We had a strong roadmap that stretched over several years, and the team made several educated assumptions based on our insights. Those included, for instance, the pace of process node advancement from our fab partners and improvements we could foresee in microarchitecture and efficiency algorithms. Four years in and I am happy to report that our assumptions were sound, and we remain on track to achieve this goal.

25x20 Report Card Chart - Four Years In.jpg

As you can see from the graphic above, the path to 25x is steep. In the semiconductor industry vernacular, this is a “heavy lift.”

 

To achieve this, we are continually refining the design of our processors to make them ever more efficient. This requires increasing performance to meet the demands of new generations of more capable software while maintaining or reducing power consumption. According to Dr. Jonathan Koomey, one of the world’s experts on computing efficiency, “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.”

 

At the 2014 initiative launch, we said that innovating for energy efficiency and developing low-power products had always been a design goal at AMD. This commitment remains as strong today as it was then. This pursuit is more important than ever, during a time when the number of computing devices continues to expand in our energy constrained world. Yet, the potential for technology to help solve some of the world’s greatest challenges grows every day.

 

I am incredibly proud of the contributions AMD employees have made to date to help enable the researchers, innovators and creators in our world to make positive impact using more energy efficient devices. Recently, AMD was honored to receive the California Governor’s 2017 Environmental & Economic Leadership Award, California's highest environmental honor.

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We continue to innovate and advance towards our goal. An upcoming AMD Ryzen™ processor with AMD Radeon™ Vega Graphics is expected to make additional strides. This includes improvements in every key metric in our 25x20 initiative: more compute performance, more graphics performance, lower power during heavy usage, and significantly lower power during light usage. These advancements mean the Ryzen™ processor with Radeon™ Graphics is expected to be both the eco-friendliest and the fastest APU we’ve ever built. Upon introduction of our latest processor, we expect to be 25 percent closer1 in our quest to 25x20 in a single processor generation.

 

While we’ve still more to accomplish before we achieve our 25x20 goal, we look forward to further architectural innovation and power management techniques. I’m very excited about what’s still to come. We will continue to report on our progress toward achieving the 25x20 energy efficiency goal, as we strive to help consumers make positive differences through energy efficient innovation.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Footnote:

1. Based on AMD internal testing as of 6/15/2018. Relative energy efficiency based on a 50:50 weighted average of CPU+GPU performance (variable “C”), as evaluated by Cinebench R15 nT and 3DMark 11 P scores, divided by typical energy usage (variable “E”) as defined by: ETEC (Typical Energy Consumption for notebook computers), Energy Star Program Requirements Rev 6.1 10/2014. AMD “Kaveri” (2014) represents the baseline of 1.0X for CPU, GPU, and ETEC. AMD “Carrizo” (2015) efficiency.23C/0.35E=3.51X. AMD “Bristol Ridge” (2016) efficiency 1.36C/0.34E=3.97X. AMD “Raven Ridge” (2017) efficiency 2.47C/0.44E=5.66X. AMD “Raven Ridge 2018” efficiency based on expected characteristics of forthcoming solution. Scores in order of Cinebench R15 nT/3DMark 11 P Score: “Kaveri” 232/2142 (100%), “Carrizo” 277/2709 (123%), “Bristol Ridge” 279/3234 (136%), “Raven Ridge” 667/4425 (247%), “Raven Ridge 2018” (based on expected characteristics of forthcoming solution). AMD Reference Platform: “Kaveri” AMD FX-7600P, 2x4GB DDR3L-1600, Crucial CT256M4SSD2, Windows 8.1 x64 9600, Graphics Driver 13.350.0.0, 1366x768 / AMD Reference Platform: “Carrizo” AMD FX-8800P, 2x2GB DDR3-1866, Crucial CT256M550SSD1, Windows 10 x64 10586, Graphics Driver 21.19.137.514, 1366x768 / AMD Reference Platform: “Bristol Ridge” AMD FX-9830P, 2x4GB DDR4-2133, Crucial CT256M4SSD2, Windows 10 x64 10586, Graphics Driver 21.19.137.514, 1366x768 / AMD Reference Platform: “Raven Ridge” AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700U, 2x4GB DDR4-2400, Samsung 850 Pro SSD, Windows 10 x64 15254, Graphics Driver: 22.19.655.2, 1920x1080 / AMD Reference Platform: “Raven Ridge 2018” based on expected characteristics of forthcoming solution. Results may vary with configuration and driver versions. RVM-108

In life and in business, setting goals and measuring progress is core to solving complex problems and achieving desired outcomes. At AMD, we embrace this every day when designing semiconductor processors and solutions that power high-performance technology to help solve some of the world’s toughest challenges. Core to our approach is the notion of creating “shared value,” which links business success with societal progress. I have seen how the dual lens of goal setting and shared value at AMD has helped us to spot gaps and prioritize initiatives across our supply chain, employee engagement, renewable energy, and product energy efficiency.

 

The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) stand out as a leading global framework for pursuing a more sustainable and equitable future. Complex issues are distilled into 17 overarching goals for the year 2030, ranging from industry and infrastructure to climate action and quality education. Companies have expressed large-scale support for meeting the SDGs, which represent business opportunities of over $12 trillion USD and 380 million jobs. However, the SDGs were chiefly designed to inform government policies rather than set business strategies, so difficulties remain on how to effectively and efficiently use the SDGs to effect corporate action and gauge shared value creation.

 

At AMD, we are pleased to join a unique collaboration aiming to address this challenge through development of the Trucost SDG Evaluation Tool.  Trucost is an affiliate of the S&P Dow Jones Indices and a primary gatherer of financial and environmental, social and governance (ESG) data that companies publicly report. They have formed an advisory council of investors, nonprofits, and twelve participating companies to lead the inaugural launch of the tool. The aim is to develop a practical and actionable way to quantify corporate risks and opportunities related to the SDGs.

 

I see three important, prospective aspects of the Trucost SDG Evaluation Tool that could potentially bolster corporate adoption of the SDGs.

 

  • Use of publicly available information. An early hurdle for companies can be dedicating resources to gather necessary data and evaluating alignment with the SDGs. This new tool intends to utilize publicly available information that companies are already disclosing. Where disclosure gaps exist, Trucost plans to use its immense datasets combined with algorithms and customized modeling to adjust for sector type, business model, geographical operations, and more. Of course, assumptions, no matter how well informed, inject some level of uncertainty and potential bias in the modeling, so mitigating this risk is a focus area for the advisory council.
  • A view across the value chain. Robustly measuring a company’s SDG impacts can be very challenging, especially regarding indirect impacts such as second and third tier suppliers or end of life phase. It is not feasible to expect most companies to gather all this data. Even if companies did gather and disclose indirect impacts, the approaches would likely have inconsistencies, which raises the next potential benefit of the tool.

  • A consistent measuring stick. Producing a standardized and comparable corporate level assessment of SDG performance would prove valuable to numerous stakeholders. It would provide companies with a practical and actionable way to track performance trends over time, as well as conduct industry benchmarking. It could also help stakeholders, including investors, governments and non-profits, identify companies and sectors with greater risk or opportunities related to certain SDGs, including regional-level assessments.

 

If successful, the Trucost SDG Evaluation Tool could provide the first quantitative and scalable analysis of corporate performance on the SDGs. Time will tell if this ambitious initiative will achieve the desired outcomes. If so, the SDGs could get a bolster of engagement from the private sector as impacts would be measurable and advances empirically quantified.

 

At AMD, we look forward to collaborating with leading organizations on the inaugural launch of the Trucost SDG Evaluation Tool and continuing to focus on our sustainability goals and shared value generation.

 

 

Justin Murrill is AMD’s Head of Corporate Responsibility. His postings are his 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.

!AMD unleashes the power of Radeon™ Pro SSG & Radeon™ Pro WX 9100 graphics cards, AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ & EPYC™ processors to demo incredibly fast workflow solutions alongside industry leaders & technology partners, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Avid Media Composer, Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve, Dell, HP, NEXT COMPUTING and others!

 

The annual National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference is about to kick off on April 7th at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  The NAB conference is the ultimate showcase for the media and entertainment industry, bringing cutting-edge innovation and unique solutions for professionals in this industry. Join AMD at booth #SL8224 where we will be demonstrating some incredible solutions for creators in this space.  Have a look below at just a few of the amazing solutions you’ll be able to check out.

 

New this year!
Join our scavenger hunt this year at NAB. Download the scavify app prior to NAB and complete our mission during the show to receive exciting giveaways and prizes.  See attachment for NAB2018 game rules.

 

Radeon™ Pro SSG Graphics Support with Adobe® Premiere Pro® CC

We have been working extremely close with our friends at Adobe to solve a problem all too familiar to high resolution post-production. Ideally, video editors want the highest visual fidelity throughout the entire post-production workflow, which typically means working directly with the RAW source content straight from the camera with no downsampling or transcoding to lossy proxies. Unfortunately, real-time decoding of RAW footage is generally not feasible with today’s video editing workstation due to the immense computation and memory requirements. AMD saw a unique opportunity to develop a solution to address this high-end video editing workflow as more and more users are starting to work with high resolution videos.

The Radeon™ Pro SSG graphics card has 2TB of NVMe storage on board that is accessible to the GPU via an optimized path. With this extra storage, data can now reside on the graphics card instead of caching out to local memory or disk. The latest version of Premiere Pro now contains native support for Radeon Pro SSG technology to take advantage of its on-board storage. With this new release, Adobe Premiere Pro can now decode and cache any supported source video content in an uncompressed format onto the Radeon SSG card’s storage. This optimizes the decoding and caching pipeline so that decoding is done only once, ahead of time, to generate a full quality uncompressed copy of the source video that can then be edited and previewed without the need to tie up the CPU and RAM with decoding. With Radeon Pro SSG graphics, even 8K content can be edited and previewed at full frame rate when installed on just about any modern workstation.

 

High End Color Grading with Blackmagic Design® DaVinci Resolve®

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Blackmagic Design will join us at our booth for a stunning end to end color grading demo on an AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 9100 graphics and AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ CPU system using DaVinci Resolve, Decklink SDI video capture and playback solutions and FSI display technology.

 

Multi-Stream 10-bit Editing with Avid® Media Composer®

Avid Media Composer has been optimized to take advantage of the graphics and compute power of the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX Series graphics cards.  As workstations get more powerful with faster CPUs and storage, the Radeon Pro WX 9100 graphics card can handle more streams of high quality source content with no dropped frames.

 

Public Debut of Avid® Media Composer® Running on AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™

The AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ CPU, based on our “Zen” architecture in all AMD Ryzen™ CPUs, took the industry by storm last year when it was first introduced. The innovative CPUs showcase in many ways the pinnacle of what the “Zen” architecture is capable of for lightning-fast creative workloads. The AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ CPU has up to 16 cores and high clock speeds for efficient video decoding, high speed network, and plenty of NVMe storage devices. The CPU even features 64 lanes of PCI Express® connectivity to accommodate powerful GPUs like Radeon™ Pro WX 9100 graphics, a capture/playback card, for content creation on applications such as Media Composer.

These four demos are just the tip of the iceberg of what AMD can bring to the table for video broadcasting and film professionals.  If you’re planning to visit NAB this year, we encourage you to come by and witness some amazing things happening at AMD.

 

Warren Eng is a Product Marketing Manager for professional graphics at AMD. His postings are his 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.  GD-5

On March 12, 2018, AMD received a communication from CTS Labs regarding research into security vulnerabilities involving some AMD products. Less than 24 hours later, the research firm went public with its findings. Security and protecting users’ data is of the utmost importance to us at AMD and we have worked rapidly to assess this security research and develop mitigation plans where needed. This is our first public update on this research, and will cover both our technical assessment of the issues as well as planned mitigation actions.

 

The security issues identified by the third-party researchers are not related to the AMD “Zen” CPU architecture or the Google Project Zero exploits made public Jan. 3, 2018. Instead, these issues are associated with the firmware managing the embedded security control processor in some of our products (AMD Secure Processor) and the chipset used in some socket AM4 and socket TR4 desktop platforms supporting AMD processors.

 

As described in more detail below, AMD has rapidly completed its assessment and is in the process of developing and staging the deployment of mitigations. It’s important to note that all the issues raised in the research require administrative access to the system, a type of access that effectively grants the user unrestricted access to the system and the right to delete, create or modify any of the folders or files on the computer, as well as change any settings. Any attacker gaining unauthorized administrative access would have a wide range of attacks at their disposal well beyond the exploits identified in this research. Further, all modern operating systems and enterprise-quality hypervisors today have many effective security controls, such as Microsoft Windows Credential Guard in the Windows environment, in place to prevent unauthorized administrative access that would need to be overcome in order to affect these security issues. A useful clarification of the difficulties associated with successfully exploiting these issues can be found in this posting from Trail of Bits, an independent security research firm who were contracted by the third-party researchers to verify their findings.

 

The security issues identified can be grouped into three major categories. The table below describes the categories, the AMD assessment of impact, and planned actions.

 

Vulnerability Groups

Problem Description & Method of Exploitation

Potential Impact

Planned AMD Mitigation

MASTERKEY

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PSP Privilege Escalation

(AMD Secure Processor or “PSP” firmware)

Issue: Attacker who already has compromised the security of a system updates flash to corrupt its contents. AMD Secure Processor (PSP) checks do not detect the corruption.

 

Method: Attacker requires Administrative access

Attacker can circumvent platform security controls. These changes are persistent following a system reboot.

Firmware patch release through BIOS update. No performance impact is expected.

 

AMD is working on PSP firmware updates that we plan to release in the coming weeks.

 

RYZENFALL and FALLOUT

 

(AMD Secure Processor firmware)

 

Issue: Attacker who already has compromised the security of a system writes to AMD Secure Processor registers to exploit vulnerabilities in the interface between x86 and AMD Secure Processor (PSP).

 

Method: Attacker requires Administrative access.

 

Attacker can circumvent platform security controls but is not persistent across reboots.

 

Attacker may install difficult to detect malware in SMM (x86).

 

Firmware patch release through BIOS update. No performance impact is expected.

 

AMD is working on PSP firmware updates that we plan to release in the coming weeks.

“Promontory”
Chipset

CHIMERA

“Promontory” chipset used in many socket AM4 desktop and socket TR4 high-end desktop (HEDT) platforms.

AMD EPYC server platforms, EPYC and Ryzen Embedded platforms, and AMD Ryzen Mobile FP5 platforms do not use the “Promontory” chipset.

Issue: Attacker who already has compromised the security of a system installs a malicious driver that exposes certain Promontory functions.

 

Method: Attacker requires Administrative access.

Attacker accesses physical memory through the chipset.

 

Attacker installs difficult to detect malware in the chipset but is not persistent across reboots.

Mitigating patches released through BIOS update. No performance impact is expected.

 

AMD is working with the third-party provider that designed and manufactured the “Promontory” chipset on appropriate mitigations.

 

 

AMD will provide additional updates on both our analysis of these issues and the related mitigation plans in the coming weeks.

 

Mark Papermaster,

Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

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.

 

Innovation

 

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.

 

 

Footnotes:

 

1 - According to Jon Peddie Research (JPR), 30% of all desktop computers do not ship with a discrete graphics card. https://www.jonpeddie.com/press-releases/add-in-board-market-increased-in-q317-from-last-quarter-and-nvidia-gained-m

 

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 10.18.15.4256:: 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

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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.

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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.

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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:

 

PEOPLE

  • 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.

 

PLANET

  • 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.

 

PURPOSE

  • 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.