AMD Ryzen 8040 Series Mobile APUs: Leading with AI Integration

AMD has revealed its plans for addressing the client AI opportunity in 2024. The company announced at the AI Summit in Santa Clara that the next phase in personal AI processing is the mobile Ryzen 8040 Series processors, which will be available in various laptops from early next year.

Expanding on the Ryzen 7040 ‘Phoenix’ Series announced at CES this year, the Ryzen 8040 Series processors will focus more on the Xilinx-derived NPU processing for client AI workloads. In terms of power, AMD will divide the processors into 15-30W U Series designed for ultra-thin laptops and 35-54W HS Series for performance models with a discrete GPU.

The Ryzen 8040 Series processors will use the same Zen 4 CPU and RDNA 3 GPU architectures as the current models, allowing for easy integration into existing laptops without any changes in design or footprint. AMD’s goal in this next step is to deliver high performance and power-efficient NPUs with Ryzen AI technology to reimagine the PC, offering increased AI capabilities to handle larger models and enable the next phase of AI user experiences.

From a high-level perspective, the Ryzen 8040 Series processors will feature quad-core CPU processing on Ryzen 3, up to octo-core on Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 9. Integrated graphics will remain consistent with the current models, with the largest difference between models being the inclusion of a more powerful AI NPU unit in the Ryzen 8040 ‘Hawk Point’ models. AMD claims that the new series will be up to 40% faster than the best 7040 Series processors for common models such as Meta’s Llama 2.

The Ryzen 8040 Series processors’ sweet spot is for local inferencing of medium-sized models, offering high performance gains when running common AI models compared to the current generation. In addition to hardware improvements, AMD has introduced Ryzen AI Software to make it easy to port existing AI models designed with industry-acknowledged frameworks such as PyTorch, TensorFlow, and ONNX to run on AMD hardware.

AMD also teased upcoming processors codenamed ‘Strix Point,’ which are based on the next evolution of the XDNA architecture and promise up to 3x the generative AI performance of today’s Ryzen 7040 Series processors. These advancements represent the ongoing innovation in AMD’s Ryzen AI roadmap, showcasing its commitment to delivering cutting-edge AI solutions for next-gen laptops.

Alex Reed

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