AMD is heralding a new era of artificial intelligence capabilities in laptops, AMD recently unveiled details about its upcoming Ryzen 8040 series mobile processors, promising up to 16 trillion operations per second (TOPS) of AI performance thanks to a new on-chip neural processing unit (NPU), represents a giant leap forward from the 10 TOPS delivered by the previous generation Ryzen 7040 chips.
AMD Ryzen 8040 chip’s integrated XDNA NPU accelerates AI workloads, delivering up to 40% faster performance on generative AI tasks compared to its predecessor. This positions the new AMD laptop CPUs to excel at creating AI art, videos, and text, enhancements truly bring desktop-caliber AI power into thin and light consumer laptops.
Principles seemingly reinforce growing traction for on-device AI in consumer laptops too, decentralized edge computing spreads costs more evenly, (Nvidia spotlighted driving AI Compute from centralized cloud platforms towards localized edge devices), Consumers also benefit from reduced cloud expenses, faster responses and protection of sensitive data kept on-device.
AMD stated that the first AI PCs powered by Ryzen 8040 will be available next summer. However, the company already launched AI-capable laptops last June using the prior Ryzen 7040 platform. The additional AI muscle in the Ryzen 8040 series will take machine learning capabilities to new heights in affordable consumer devices.
The upcoming chips maintain the same Zen 3 CPU architecture and RDNA 3 graphics as the 7040 lineup. The focus is on augmenting the existing technology with a radically improved NPU for AI workloads, rather than rearchitecting the overall design. This allows AMD to build upon its existing OEM partnerships to quickly bring enhanced AI experiences powered by Ryzen 8040 into the hands of consumers in early 2024.
For Linux users, the Framework laptop with Ryzen 7040 cements itself as an exciting option that now looks to also support the upcoming 8040 chips. Framework’s dedication to user upgradeability makes it a prime candidate for showcasing the AI power improvements AMD is driving with the Ryzen 8040 series, ability to upgrade could extend the laptop’s useful life for years to come.
In the end, the strengths of the refreshed 8040 lineup lie in its AI capabilities. With up to 16 TOPS of performance, everyday laptops look to match what was previously only possible in high-end workstations. AMD is aiming to democratize advanced AI experiences, and the Ryzen 8040 series delivers the hardware to make this vision a reality in 2024.