One year ago we announced our 25x20 initiative with the goal to achieve a 25x typical energy efficiency improvement of our APUs by 2020, from a 2014 baseline. Energy efficiency has long been a product design goal of AMD, and with the explosion of computing devices and capabilities over the last 20 years, we believe we are on the right path by continuing to focus on the energy and environmental footprint of computing. Energy efficiency is calculated as a ratio of work completed (i.e. performance) to how much energy is consumed completing that work.
So how are we doing? AMD recently introduced our 6th generation A-Series APU, formerly codenamed “Carrizo,” for thin and light laptops. Carrizo offers more than twice the typical-use energy efficiency of the previous “Kaveri” generation of AMD APU, and alongside superior computational performance offers more than twice the battery life. With superior graphics and long video playback, “Carrizo” delivers exceptional experiences never before seen in a mainstream notebook.
While we have more to accomplish, the energy efficiency of “Carrizo” puts AMD ahead of the trend line needed to achieve 25x20! Future energy-efficiency gains will continue to stem from architecture, new circuit design, and power-management techniques. To learn more about “Carrizo’s” contributions toward reaching 25x20, watch our video or dive into our presentation at ISSCC 2015.
Creating low-power products is not only good for AMD’s business and customers, it is good for the environment. A year ago we made an important commitment to achieve specific goals across our products and have made significant progress with the AMD 6th generation A-Series. The industry can expect continued improvements in the energy efficiency of our processors – APUs, CPUs and discrete GPUs – over the next several years as a result of design innovations embodied in our 25x20 initiative.
Samuel Naffziger is a Corporate Fellow of Technology and Engineering for 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.
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