At the Advance AI event, AMD announced Strix Point mobile processors. One of the key features of this series will be the next generation Neural Engine (NPU) – XDNA 2. This AI coprocessor will also provide a three-fold increase in performance in AI tasks compared to the NPU of the Hawk Point processors, according to AMD announced today.
Remember that Hawk Point chips (Ryzen 8040) are successors to Phoenix processors (Ryzen 7040). Their launch is expected in the first half of next year. Ryzen 8040 processors exactly copy their predecessors in almost every way, but are equipped with an updated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) for AI tasks. While the Ryzen 7040 chips deliver 10 TOPS (trillion operations per second) performance in AI tasks, the new Ryzen 8040 NPU promises 16 TOPS AI performance. Strix Point processors, expected to be announced in 2024, promise a tripling of AI performance compared to Hawk Point, up to 48 TOPS.
AMD has not announced the official names of the future Strix Point processors. Whether it will be Ryzen 8050 or Ryzen 9050 is unknown. However, it is known that the mentioned processors will use Zen 5 cores, a 4nm manufacturing process, and will be equipped with integrated graphics cores with RDNA 3+ architecture, also known as Navi 3.5.
Unfortunately, AMD hasn’t revealed any further details about the new chips, likely saving the details for the presentation at CES 2024.