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The Future of Next-Gen AI PCs Only Gets Stronger

It's an exciting time for Next-Gen AI PCs! Microsoft unveiled a suite of upcoming transformative AI features, including all-new CoPilot+ experiences that will fundamentally change the way we work and interact with our PCs. Users can be confident that AMD “Strix Point” systems will be Windows 11 ready for Copilot+ experiences as soon as those are ready to load in the not-too-distant future. 

 

AI is a transformative technology and AMD has partnered closely with Microsoft to reach this exciting PC inflection point. The deep engineering partnership between AMD and Microsoft forms part of the foundation of CoPilot+ experiences.

 

Central to Microsoft’s announcements was the introduction of the Neural Processing Unit, or on-chip NPU. NPU performance is measured in a variety of ways, but the easiest specification is often the trillions of operations per second (TOPS) performance. Having an integrated NPU allows the opportunity for AI workloads that may otherwise run in the cloud or on GPU or CPU to instead run on a local and much more power efficient processor. AI PCs featuring AMD use Ryzen™ AI technology to be able to use the NPU, CPU, and GPU to get the best user experience.

 

AMD led the development of x86 AI PCs with integrated NPUs1, starting with the Ryzen™ 7040 Series processors it announced in early 2023. Then, in December 2023, AMD announced its 2nd-generation AI PC processor. The new Ryzen™ 8040 Series processors raise AI performance by up to 1.6X compared to the previous generation2. A few weeks later, AMD launched the world's first NPU for desktop processors to market with the Ryzen™ 8000G Series processors3.

 

Of special note for Microsoft’s Copilot+ announcement, AMD has also released guidance that AMD “Strix Point” processors will provide 3X performance for generative AI workloads compared to its existing processor offerings. We fully expect AMD will continue to push the AI PC market forward at an exciting pace.

 

Microsoft’s Copilot+ announcement creates the opportunity to bring AI PCs to a new level when running AMD “Strix Point” processors. These will essentially enable a whole new category of AI PCs (aka Next Gen AI PCs or Copilot+ PCs). These will run the great experiences offered by Copilot+, such as Recall, Cocreate, and Live captions. All Copilot+ experiences are anticipated to run on AMD “Strix Point” processors.

 

To support these new hardware offerings, the Ryzen AI ecosystem of software partners is growing rapidly. Running AI workloads locally is a unique opportunity that inherently opens the door to on-client privacy and performance benefits. All this while continuing to drive the overall amazing system level performance and all-day battery life PC users love today.

 

Local AI has plenty to offer on personal laptops, as the Copilot+ announcement from Microsoft makes so clear. AMD “Strix Point” will be ready to take advantage of Copilot+ and more in the exciting Next Gen AI PC experiences.

 

 

  1. As of May 2023, AMD has the first available dedicated AI engine on an x86 Windows processor, where 'dedicated AI engine' is defined as an AI engine that has no function other than to process AI inference models and is part of the x86 processor die. For detailed information, please check: https://www.amd.com/en/products/ryzen-ai. PHX-3.
  2. Based on AMD internal analysis of AMD Ryzen 8040 Series processors with an AI engine TOPS specification of 16 TOPS vs. previous gen Ryzen 7040 Series processors with an AI engine TOPS specification OF 10 TOPS. HWK-17.
  3. As of January 2024, AMD has the first available dedicated AI engine on a desktop PC processor, where 'dedicated AI engine' is defined as an AI engine that has no function other than to process AI inference models and is part of the x86 processor die. For detailed information, please check: https://www.amd.com/en/products/ryzen-ai. PXD-03.
  4. The information contained herein is for informational purposes only, and is subject to change without notice. Timelines, roadmaps, and/or product release dates shown herein are plans only and subject to change. “Strix Point” is codename for AMD architecture, and are not product names. GD-122

 

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