SmartShift technology is a new feature released by AMD last year. If the laptop is equipped with AMD’s CPU and discrete graphics card, it will respond quickly to the different workloads of the two, so that the two can be more powerfully combined into a whole which can further improve the performance and energy efficiency of laptops. Since there are not many laptops configured in this way, the SmartShift technology has not received much attention after its release.
AMD is extending SmartShift technology to Linux systems
According to Phoronix, AMD is currently focusing on expanding the application range of SmartShift technology to support operating systems other than Windows 10. AMD released two patches this week to allow the Linux operating system to increase support for SmartShift technology. This is undoubtedly good news for Linux users using the 3A mobile platform.
At this year’s Computex show, AMD showcased a series of laptops supporting SmartShift technology, all equipped with Ryzen 5000 series mobile processors and the new Radeon RX 6000M series of mobile graphics cards, coupled with the introduction of AMD Advantage certification, SmartShift technology can be further promoted. AMD’s positive attitude towards SmartShift technology shows that it will further promote the business of mobile platforms in the future.
On May 30th, AMD released a patch related to the SmartShift technology to Linux, providing initial support. Recently, a new patch was released to further increase the support for SmartShift technology in the Linux operating system, to achieve related monitoring, and to determine the working status. At the same time, there is another patch that allows the system or users to control the distribution of power, which improves the usability of SmartShift technology.
These efforts of AMD seem to be ready to make SmartShift technology a mainstream feature and even extend it to more models of notebook computers in the future. To achieve this, AMD also needs to continue to work hard on the mobile platform to allow more partners to launch a large number of products based on AMD chips.