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AMD Unveils Ryzen 8040: A New Era in AI Processing Power

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Geeta Pillai
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AMD Unveils Ryzen 8040: A New Era in AI Processing Power

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has unveiled the Ryzen 8040, its latest series of laptop processors, engineered to usher in a new era of generative AI programs. Codenamed 'Hawk Point,' the processors are built upon the robust Zen 4 architecture, just like its predecessor, the Ryzen 7040 series. However, the Ryzen 8040 brings to the table an intense leap in AI processing prowess, thanks to an embedded NPU XDNA.

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Unprecedented AI Processing Power

The Ryzen 8040 series promises a significant 40% performance boost over the Ryzen 7040 series. This powerful performance is tangible when running AI chatbot Llama 2 and image recognition models like ResNet 50 and Inception V4. In terms of computational power, the Ryzen 8040 reaches a staggering 39 Tera Operations per Second (TOPS), a noticeable rise from the 33 TOPS of the Ryzen 7040.

Outperforming Competitors

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The new processors not only outperform their predecessors but also outshine Intel's 13th generation (Raptor Lake) laptop processors in gaming and benchmark tests like Cinebench and Geekbench. The secret to this impressive performance lies in the integrated GPU based on RDNA 3 architecture, enabling AMD to once again assert its dominance in the processor market.

AMD's Future Plans

Laptops powered by the AMD Ryzen 8040 are scheduled to hit the market in the first quarter of 2024. Acer is already gearing up to use these chips in their forthcoming Nitro V16 gaming laptop, set for a March 2024 launch. AMD is not resting on its laurels, though. The company has also announced a future laptop processor named 'Strix Point,' which is anticipated to offer even greater generative AI processing performance with NPU XDNA 2.

Meanwhile, Intel, AMD's perennial competitor, is also preparing to introduce its 'Meteor Lake' processor series, showcasing its emphasis on AI capabilities. The stage is set for an exciting contest in the processor industry, as these tech giants continue to innovate and push the boundaries of what's possible in the realm of AI and computing.

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