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AMD- Power Efficiency - 1AMD recently made an announcement that it has exceeded its moonshot 25×20 goal set in 2014 to improve the energy efficiency of its mobile processors by 25 times in 2020.

A case in point is the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H which improves on the energy efficiency of the 2014 baseline measurement by 31.7 times.

“We have always focused on energy efficiency in our processors, but in 2014 we decided to put even greater emphasis on this capability. Our engineering team rallied around the challenge and charted a path to reach our stretch goal of 25 times greater energy efficiency by 2020. We were able to far surpass our objective, achieving 31.7 times improvement leading to gaming and ultrathin laptops with unmatched performance, graphics and long battery life. I could not be prouder of our engineering and business teams.”

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 – Mark Papermaster, chief technology officer and executive vice president, Technology and Engineering at AMD

Energy efficiency for processors is determined by the amount of work performed per unit of energy consumed. To achieve the 25×20 goal, AMD focused improvements on developing a highly integrated and efficient SoC architecture; improved, real-time power management features, and silicon-level power optimizations. AMD reduced average compute times for a given task by 80% from 2014 to 2020, while also achieving an 84% reduction in energy use.

An enterprise that upgrades 50,000 AMD laptops from 2014 to 2020 models would achieve five times more computing performance and reduce associated laptop energy consumption by 84%.

Over a three-year service life, this saves approximately 1.4 million kWh of electricity and 971,000kg of carbon emissions. That’s equivalent to 16,000 trees grown for 10 years.

Achieving its 25×20 goal delivers a stronger user experience and further solidifies AMD’s leadership in sustainability. It’s also the first semiconductor company to have its climate protection goals, including 25×20, approved as a “science-based target” by the Science Based Targets initiative, deemed aggressive enough to to help mitigate the impacts of computing to climate change.

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Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.