AMD Sets Ambitious APU Energy Efficiency Goal
While ARM and Intel have dominated the market of energy efficient processors for some time, AMD has just announced an internal goal that will help it gain traction in that market. The company has revealed that it now has a goal of increasing the energy efficiency of its Accelerated Processing Units, or APUs, 25-fold by the year 2020. The company explains that this is possible by improving its heterogeneous system architecture that is enabled by its APUs, which places the CPU and GPU on the same die. This not only creates an environment for efficient processing, but it also enables but the CPU and GPU to share the same pool of memory. With further advancements of this architecture, improved intelligent power management that maximizes the amount of time an APU sits in an idle state, and decreased amounts of communication needed within the APU to process tasks, AMD is striving to achieve its impressive goal.
Compared to the last six years, AMD has been able to increase the energy efficiency of its chips tenfold. Within the next six years, the company plans to outpace its own record in a race to become a respectable competitor alongside ARM and Intel in the market of energy efficient chips.