At AMD we strive to stay ahead in meeting the needs of our customers and the market. With a desire to improve battery life of our technology, plus awareness of the importance of reducing their environmental impact, we’ve “leaned in” further in our efforts to lower power consumption of our products while improving their performance.
To this end, I am pleased to share several important updates on AMD’s “25x20” Energy Efficiency Initiative. More than two years ago AMD announced a goal to accelerate the “performance per watt” of our mobile (APU) microprocessors by 25 times by 2020, from a 2014 baseline. Achieving it means that in 2020, an AMD powered notebook computer will accomplish a task in one fifth of the time as one produced in 2014, while consuming on average less than one fifth the power.
Recent 25x20 highlights include:
Looking ahead, we are excited about how AMD’s unique design capabilities and power management features will continue to accelerate the energy efficiency of AMD processors, despite the slowing gains from manufacturing advances (e.g., Moore’s law). As one award judge commented “… there’s a shift in technology [with 25x20] that maybe exceeds Moore’s Law and causes a shift in computing success.”[vi]
We invite you to learn more about energy efficiency trends in a new Electronic Design article titled, “Moore’s Law has Slowed, So What’s Next for Computing Efficiency?” authored by AMD Corporate Fellow, Sam Naffziger and Research Fellow at the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University, Dr. Jonathan Koomey.
AMD values the opportunity to design efficient and world-class processors for your business. Whether you are looking to lower total cost of ownership, reduce energy use, extend battery-life, or improve compute performance, AMD’s 25x20 Energy Efficiency Initiative can help support your priorities.
We look forward to updating you as we continue our bold journey towards 25x20!
Jim Anderson, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Computing and Graphics Business, 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.
[ii] Testing by AMD Performance labs. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. 3DMark 11 Performance is used to simulate graphics performance, and Cinebench R11.5 1T Performance is used to simulate single threaded CPU performance; the 7th Generation AMD PRO A12-9800 at 65W scored 3521.25 and 1.21 while the AMD PRO A10-8850B at 95W scored 2880 and 1.06 respectively. CPU Performance improvement : 1.21/1.06=1.14X or 14% more, Graphic Performance improvement : 3521.25/2880=1.22X or 22% more, Power Consumption improvement : (95W-65W)/95W=0.32X or 32% less.