Hot Chips 2020 Live Blog: AMD Ryzen 4000 APU (Noon PT)

02:49PM EDT – Next up is AMD’s Ryzen 4000 Renoir talk.

03:02PM EDT – Sonu Arora from AMD, AMD Fellow

03:02PM EDT – SoC architect

03:03PM EDT – Best notebook processor selling today

03:03PM EDT – First 8-core x86 for ultrathin notebooks

03:03PM EDT – Beaten goals we set for ourselves

03:03PM EDT – Evolution based on desire to break linear trend of performance

03:04PM EDT – Initially planned with 6 cores, but SoC/Power curves enabled 8 cores

03:04PM EDT – Made room for ST, MT, GPU, and Battery Life

03:04PM EDT – Renoir vs Picasso

03:04PM EDT – +25% ST, +200% MT, +27% GPU, 20% less SoC Power

03:05PM EDT – Decide how much to push ST without compromising GPU or Power

03:06PM EDT – Renoir is a complete SoC

03:06PM EDT – 8C/16T with 8MB L3

03:06PM EDT – 2nd gen Multimedia, 3rd gen Audio

03:07PM EDT – Added more IO to keep up with modern notebook requirements

03:07PM EDT – PCIe up from 16 to 20 in mobile package, 20 to 24 in desktop package

03:08PM EDT – Covered Zen 2 at Hot Chips last year

03:08PM EDT – 512 KB L2/core

03:08PM EDT – 4 cores in a core complex

03:09PM EDT – 2 core complexes into Renoir

03:10PM EDT – +15% IPC ST on top of +10% FMax

03:10PM EDT – Low power design methodology, can turn off segments when not in use

03:10PM EDT – Better idle-to-turbo latency

03:11PM EDT – Performance vs Intel’s 10th Gen (Comet) at 15W and 45W

03:11PM EDT – Improved gaming experience

03:12PM EDT – Reduce CUs from 11 to 8, but higher frequency, better IPC, optimized devices for throughput and power, 77% higher peak bandwidth

03:12PM EDT – 2 render backends and 1MB L2 cache

03:12PM EDT – Optimize for pJ/bit

03:13PM EDT – -61% area vs 11CUs on 14nm, but +27% perf

03:13PM EDT – total 225% perf density on graphics

03:14PM EDT – Support DDR4-3200 and LPDDR4-4267

03:14PM EDT – 75% better power efficiency for Infinity Fabric

03:14PM EDT – Lot of time on the floor plan to reduce memory latency

03:15PM EDT – IF power gating focused for GPU bandwidth

03:16PM EDT – Renoir delivers CPU perf and GPU perf

03:16PM EDT – Different power states in Renoir in order to optimize exit/enter latency

03:16PM EDT – OS can decide to go to deeper low power states on lower idle

03:17PM EDT – (deeper sleep takes longer to reach peak power)

03:17PM EDT – 20% reduced SoC power

03:17PM EDT – aggressive L3 power gating

03:17PM EDT – lower power IOs

03:19PM EDT – STAPM uses system temperature in order to budget the turbo and boost

03:20PM EDT – 4x increase in boost duration

03:20PM EDT – Also simplifies OEM design for thermal boosting

03:20PM EDT – 3rd gen Audio

03:21PM EDT – Supports Native USB-C

03:21PM EDT – DP 1.4 with HBR3

03:21PM EDT – Four QHD60, or three QHD144

03:22PM EDT – next gen multimedia

03:22PM EDT – AMD Integrated Device Translation (AIDA)

03:22PM EDT – Enables Microsoft PlayReady with reduced UMA dedicated memory frame buffer

03:23PM EDT – AMD 25×20 energy efficiency initiative. AMD achieved 31.7x, beating 25x target from 2014

03:24PM EDT – Renoir built across 8 different AMD R&D Centers and offices

03:24PM EDT – Q&A time

03:27PM EDT – Q: Melt, Spectre? A: Melt doesn’t impact AMD. Zen 2 has hardware mitigations for Spec v2/v4. Added Guest mode execution, virtualization security, IOMMU throughput, TME

03:29PM EDT – Q: 8 cores in this size, trade offs? A: We wanted to provide the 8 core perf, and as we analyzed with 7nm that if we took care we could enable 8 cores. Lots of content creation takes advantage of 8 cores. These come in handy with high perf applications. On the GPU, we were also careful in perf/watt and perf/mm2 that we can drive. We figured out in 7nm we could get higher frequency, so we balanced resources and that’s why we went for 8 CUs. Vega with mem bandwidth gives better UX in 15W

03:30PM EDT – Next rpesentation is Tiger Lake!