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Shared Values: Reflecting on 2018

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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.

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. 


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, 1366x768 / AMD Reference Platform: “Bristol Ridge” AMD FX-9830P, 2x4GB DDR4-2133, Crucial CT256M4SSD2, Windows 10 x64 10586, Graphics Driver, 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

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I wasn't sure if this is the right place to put this but I wanted to leave a comment to someone who works at AMD about something I read about or even if I'm wasting my time.  But here goes. Saw a news item about AMD being sued for saying AMD had misled about the number of cores on the FX cpus. It struct me as odd and what defines a core.

  Would a cpu core be defined by all cpu's because when AMD and Intel made early cpu's like  the 386 cpus that had no FPU be a cpu with a core or not? It doesn't seem logical to sell a cpu with no core. The FPU was seperate in those days but still arn't they defined by this and should apply to new ones but I'm no lawyer but it just seems like a friv. lawsuit and just wondered if anyone thought to think back to what really defines a core. Well, If this silly thought helps let me know if you want because it would be pretty funny if this was something so stupid to work...

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I want to do an all AMD YouTube show. I have sent a letter of intent to AMD. I hope you guys want to do this with me. I am so excited about AMD, it keeps me up at night. As an engineer I know my technology, and I want to see AMD on top. With the Ryzen 3000 series AMD will come out on top. Lets start a real dialog here AMD folks. I love ya, but man you guys are hard to get in touch with. Where is your marketing department? Do you realize that when I called AMD corportate they had no clue they even had a marketing department. My message ended up in recruiting.  

About the Author
Hmmm, well, I'm 61, had some good jobs and bad jobs. Worked at Intel of all places in Beverton, Or. hated that, repaired phone systems in Kent, Wa. liked that job. built houses for many years when young. Now disabled, got wacked by a bad driver and so that is where I'm at. Used to be pretty smart but now kind of dumb but still like building computers for friends and anyone who asks. Play computer games. First computer was a Atari 520St. First 8086 type was a AMD 40mhz 386 and I've used AMD cpus pretty much from then on. Says a lot about how good AMD has done making CPU's over the years.