AMD Aims for 25 Times Boost in APU Energy Efficiency by 2020

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biggiebob12345

Considering they're totally dependent on TSMC or GloFo...don't see it happening.

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JosephColt

And Intel will be farther ahead by then on efficiency, iGPU, and processing power. AMD doesn't have much luck does it.

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vrmlbasic

Intel ahead on the iGPU front? L-O-freaking-L!

Intel has yet to even attempt to take its iGPU development seriously. With its resources, and having seen what AMD has done with its lesser resources, Intel's iGPUs are revealed to be a bad joke.

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JosephColt

Yet they are making huge performance leaps now. 40% increase next, that may be like 1080P at 30-40 fps for most games maybe. AMD is just squeaking by every year.

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Hey.That_Dude

That would be because AMD already hit the limit for the RAM used by CPUs. If they're put off chip GDDR5 (or better on chip) then they'd be kicking Intel while they were down... with steel toed boots.

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davidconper

The use of energy is at the top level and on one want to required to be on the negative site. economics assignment

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AFDozerman

I wonder if they're assuming HSA adoption.

You know, off-subject (as are most of my comments), but I'd like to see an APU with a built-in FPGA and drivers that reprogram it based off of the current computational load.

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Hey.That_Dude

FPGA's aren't magic, and they don't really work that way.

But if you happen to make a design that automates the process of creating an optimized processing path, you would revolutionize computer electronics.

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vrmlbasic

We're seeing software developers embrace HSA so I'm optimistic but with software developers still (not all of em) being leery of really exploring multithreading I'm not going to get too optimistic.

Long ago, MaximumPC reviewed a game years after it came out, when the hardware had advanced to actually be able to play the game. Someday I'd like to see the Bulldozer architecture used as AMD intended, to its fullest. I'd like to see what would happen if FPU-aware threads that shared resources were scheduled within the same module.

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LatiosXT

A better option: use a static scheduler. It's worked for NVIDIA.

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vrmlbasic

Now we just need AMD to announce their plans for the desktop market...

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MrHasselblad

Are we still "talking" chips?

AMD has the Xeon TWELVE CORES out there already

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vrmlbasic

AMD is pushing this HSA setup pretty hard but so far, in desktop land, we just have low-power, quad-core versions of it and the long-in-the-tooth Piledriver CPU.

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AFDozerman

Are those native 12 cores, or 6core MCMs?

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LatiosXT

You mean Opteron? Even that's kind of weird since AMD is apparently pushing lower TDP than laptop parts for the server family...

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LatiosXT

If I were to take a blind guess at this metric of measurement, this means either they'll have something now eat up 25x less power on average or have something that performs 25x more for the same power envelope. Which basically amounts to about doubling the performance every 16 months.

Sounds daunting. Let's see them do it.

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Ilander

25% or 2500% ? The headline says the former, the text says the latter.

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The Mac

i dont see any percentages anywhere. it all says 25x

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Innomasta

Good luck guys.