Friday, September 18th 2015

Study Shows 6th Gen. AMD A-Series APU Cuts Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 50%

Results of an AMD carbon footprint analysis of its 6th Generation A-Series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU), codenamed "Carrizo," show that using the new processor can result in a 50 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to the previous generation APU. The study results are based on the widely accepted Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHGP) established by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and were announced today during an AMD sponsored media panel on energy efficient information technology. Research shows that 60 percent of Fortune 100 companies have established public targets for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.

"Creating low-power, energy efficient products is a key element of our business strategy, and in turn, we are working alongside our customers to reduce the environmental footprint of technology while relentlessly improving performance," said Mark Papermaster, senior vice president and chief technology officer, AMD. "The results from the carbon footprint study for the latest AMD APU demonstrate our commitment to continued energy efficiency gains, sustainability, and lower operating costs for consumers and enterprises."
An enterprise customer upgrading from 100,000 PCs using the previous generation AMD processor to the 6th Generation AMD A-Series APU could save an estimated 4.9 million kilowatt hours of electricity -- or roughly $495,000 -- and 3,350 metric tons of CO2 (equal to powering 461 homes) over a 3-year product service life.

In 2014, AMD announced an ambitious goal of improving the typical use energy efficiency of its mobile APUs by 25 times by 2020, from a 2014 baseline. Meeting the 25x20 target requires increasing the pace of efficiency gains by using new power management features and innovative designs. The energy efficiency improvements needed to achieve this goal outpace the historical efficiency trend predicted by Moore's Law by at least 70 percent4. That means that in 2020 a computer could accomplish a task in one fifth the time of a personal computer in 2014 while consuming on average less than one fifth the power. Using a car analogy, this rate of improvement would be like turning a 100-horsepower car that gets 30 miles per gallon into a 500-horsepower car that gets 150 miles per gallon in only six years.

"Reducing carbon emissions is the right thing to do for the environment, and it brings the additional benefit of reducing how much individuals and businesses spend on electricity as well," said Kevin Krewell, principal analyst, Tirias Research. "AMD made an audacious promise fifteen months ago to improve the energy efficiency of their processors by 25 times by 2020. A projected 50 percent reduction in usage-phase greenhouse gas emissions by the 6th Generation AMD A-Series APU is further proof the company is making serious progress in its commitment to a cleaner planet and lower energy bills."

The 6th Generation AMD A-Series APU is the first product introduced under the 25x20 initiative and represents a huge leap in energy efficiency for AMD mobile APUs.
AMD was recently recognized on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for the fourteenth year in a row. In May, AMD was named to Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine's list of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens for the third consecutive year.

Read the study here (PDF).
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31 Comments on Study Shows 6th Gen. AMD A-Series APU Cuts Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 50%

#1
hojnikb
Thats all fine and dandy but there are pretty much no carrizo laptops out there.

I would gladly take 1080p ips, 8gigs of ram and a 8800P for ~500€.
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#2
dom99
Yes as previously stated very few laptops with Carrizo are available to buy and no desktop parts even exist so as the saying goes 50% of nothing is still nothing
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#3
Brusfantomet
Wonder what the improvement is for Intel ships, both in % and absolute emissions (compared to AMD). I suspect that the % improvments for AMD is better than Intel, but Intels absolute emissions might be smaller.

Also, its not AMDs fault that no OEM sells their products in the laptops they should be in.
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#4
ensabrenoir
........this is nice and everything.....but can they also lower my cholesterol.....:rolleyes:. We really don't give Amd marketing enough credit.......they really know how to spin anything and everything for some free press time.
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#5
Mathragh
It's all the more impressive once you realise that the bulk process AMD is using for Carrizo is less efficient than the HP 28nm node Kaveri uses.

Too bad those same improvements to efficiency also made it all but impossible to reach high clockspeeds on decent voltages in Carrizo. Stilt has done some measurementsthat seem to indicate that at 3,4 GHz Kaveri already is more efficient that Carrizo
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#6
bug
Hm, a study comparing only chips from AMD, hosted at amd.com. Shall we take it with a pinch of salt?
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#7
GhostRyder
I found the title of the article hilarious while thinking about it.

They can be decent machines but they just are not widely enough available.
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#8
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
I'm really thinking this marketing line is a real stretch! :rolleyes: I mean, it's not as if CPU/APU is really drawing that much electricity in terms of a household. And for this kind of thing to have ANY impact, over half of all APU's/CPU's in the world would need to be Carrizos. Lame...just lame.
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#9
Bordimari
Anch'io vorrei acqistan notebook con processor Carrizo ma dove posso trovarlo in italia o in Svizzera?
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#10
INSTG8R
Vanguard Beta Tester
BordimariAnch'io vorrei acqistan notebook con processor Carrizo ma dove posso trovarlo in italia o in Svizzera?
This is an english only site sorry.
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#11
64K
I think you could make far more impact on greenhouse gas emissions simply by turning off the hall light when you're not upstairs.
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#12
lemonadesoda
Problem with this marketing stunt is that if you measure Greenhouse Gases for ONE of your products, you need to measure it for ALL of your products.

OWN GOAL.
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#13
TheMailMan78
Big Member
People who are lactose intolerant who stop eating dairy products do more to "save" the environment from greenhouse gasses.
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#14
sy5tem
it always make me laugh those electronics that reduce green house effect because some country use coal to make electricity,.,,

this device is green because it use less electricity riiiight is it still green if we use nuclear or hydro or solar panels or windmill electricity ? i guess not lol

you just can't say they help environments unless when they are build somehow you are polluting less.
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#15
lemonadesoda
TheMailMan78People who are lactose intolerant who stop eating dairy products do more to "save" the environment from greenhouse gasses.
...unless they eat beans
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#16
BiggieShady
This would make sense if AMD Carrizo is a new kind of thermo-electric power generator ... since it's not, it does not
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#17
Batou1986
When you have nothing else to brag about
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#18
opteron
Batou1986When you have nothing else to brag about
precisely, marketing dept has no other content to show off with the crappy performance.
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#19
GC_PaNzerFIN
Batou1986When you have nothing else to brag about
Well, it seems this kind of PR smoke screen is exactly what they have been doing for a good while now. I see another one on TPU front page only few days ago. "Look, our GPU was used to render a movie!" Well good for you sir, how bout getting those GPUs to stores so people can buy them.
What comes to their CPUs, they have thrown in the towel. They have nothing to show for and they know it. Hence news like this. :(
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#20
TheinsanegamerN
dom99Yes as previously stated very few laptops with Carrizo are available to buy and no desktop parts even exist so as the saying goes 50% of nothing is still nothing
You know, why DON'T they stop supplying OEMs, and either 1.) produce their own laptops with somebody like sapphire, or 2.) team up with a smaller OEM like clevo or MSI, and produce good AMD notebooks in a variety of sizes, to show the OEMs how it supposed to be done? and since they'd be the only AMD laptops on the market, they could charge a proper price, meaning more money for AMD.

It's not like current OEMs will ever do AMD justice, as the current designs are cheap trash. Considering how few AMD chips actually sell, high margin laptops would make more sense.
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#21
iBruce
BrusfantometWonder what the improvement is for Intel ships, both in % and absolute emissions (compared to AMD). I suspect that the % improvments for AMD is better than Intel, but Intels absolute emissions might be smaller.

Also, its not AMDs fault that no OEM sells their products in the laptops they should be in.
Yes it is, everything is AMDs fault. Acts of God? No that's AMD. :)
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#22
dorsetknob
"YOUR RMA REQUEST IS CON-REFUSED"
wot made me laugh was this
btarunrAn enterprise customer upgrading from 100,000 PCs using the previous generation AMD processor to the 6th Generation AMD A-Series APU could save an estimated 4.9 million kilowatt hours of electricity -- or roughly $495,000 -- and 3,350 metric tons of CO2 (equal to powering 461 homes) over a 3-year product service life.
fraid they dont exist they went intel
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#23
Basard
If anybody actually gave a crap they would turn their computers off and live in the woods.

Meanwhile everybody else is doing the exact same thing.
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#24
TheMailMan78
Big Member
BasardIf anybody actually gave a crap they would turn their computers off and live in the woods.

Meanwhile everybody else is doing the exact same thing.
I live in the woods and turn my computer off all the time.......still don't care.
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#25
R-T-B
64KI think you could make far more impact on greenhouse gas emissions simply by turning off the hall light when you're not upstairs.
Reminds me of when I got a usb powered "green button" from AMD free with my order from newegg that reminded me I was saving energy by being able to push a button and turn on a bright green LED.

Someone forgot what saving energy is...
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