AMD on Track to Reach 25x20 Energy Efficiency Goal, Says Mark Papermaster

By Jeff Harris, Posted: 07/11/17 10:18AM EDT

According to Mark Papermaster, AMD's CTO and SVP for Technology & Engineering, the company is on track to achieve its 25x20 goal. In fact, AMD is currently ahead of the pace to achieve this remarkable, award-winning 25x20 Energy Efficiency Goal!

The 25x20 Energy Efficiency Goal

For those who are not aware of AMD's 25x20 Energy Efficiency Goal, AMD has set its focus on developing energy efficient processors. This bold goal set by AMD is to deliver at least 25 times more energy efficiency by the year 2020 using their Accelerated Processing Unit (APU), thus the name 25x20.

In fact, as posted on AMD website, the company has since improved its typical use energy efficiency on mobile processors from 2009 to 2014 ten times! This initiative by AMD has received multiple awards and recognitions in 2016. How can AMD achieve this goal? According to AMD, they try to impove the "performance per watt" of their processors, thus, reducing power consumption and costs while improving compute performance.

Achieving Nearly 4x Improvement in Energy Efficiency

In the latest progress report on the 25x20 Energy Efficiency Goal, the AMD CTO stated that since 2014, AMD has achieved nearly 4x improvement when it comes to energy efficiency. Papermaster, believed that they are currently ahead of the pacing towards achieving the 25x20 goal.

"We've designed and implemented many new capabilities into our processors over this time," Papermaster posted on AMD Corporate. For instance, the AMD CTO identified this new design called Heterogeneous Unified Memory Access (hUMA) which allows both CPU and GPU to directly access the same memory as peers. By doing so, all processes no longer needs to go through the CPU.

Papermaster explained, "This hUMA has led to as much as 17 times boost in performance for certain features when using the GPU's parallel processing in concert with the CPU. But, because it's a shared power/thermal infrastructure, the power demands are equivalent to using the CPU alone."

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