AMD confirmed that there will be consumer-grade hybrid architecture processors
Since the introduction of the 12th generation Core processors, Intel has been employing Performance Cores (P-Cores) and Efficiency Cores (E-Cores) to reverse its previous unfavorable position in the consumer market. Last year, AMD launched its new Ryzen 7000 series processors based on the Zen 4 architecture, which did not incorporate big.LITTLE design and seemingly put it at a disadvantage in certain application scenarios. However, earlier this year, reports claimed that AMD was testing processors with a hybrid architecture.
Recently, AMD’s Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Mark Papermaster, confirmed in an interview with TomsHardware that AMD’s hybrid architecture processors would make their way into the consumer market and more information would be disclosed at an appropriate time. This marks the first official confirmation from AMD that future designs will feature both high-performance and energy-efficient cores, validating some of the market rumors circulating over the past few months. In fact, AMD had filed patents for its hybrid architecture processors as early as 2021.
Papermaster also noted that AMD has been utilizing artificial intelligence in chip design, including determining the optimal placement and optimization of submodules within each chip design to achieve better performance and lower power consumption. Moreover, AMD has employed AI-assisted verification suites to reduce errors in iterative research and development, shortening the time needed for the entire process from concept to validation and confirmation. AMD plans to make more extensive use of generative artificial intelligence in the future to address challenges faced in chip design.