We must face it that we are living in an age where science is making huge leaps forward. When it comes to computer science, specifically processors, this fact is even more transparent. Earlier, we had to wait for some time until new processor for PC shows up, but today, things are changing on a daily basis. One of the biggest manufacturers in this field, AMD had recently announced his new ace up in the sleeve. We will cover this masterpiece called Carrizo, so feel free to read on.
Basically, this processing unit is not far from AMD’s previous one, Kaveri, for both of those are utilizing the same Global Foundries’ 28nm Super High Performance (28SHP) processing nodes. But, Carrizo has something what its predecessor didn’t have, and that is smarter utilization and usage of resources. It is known that Excavator cores, which will be found within Carrizo, are going to switch from High Performance Library (HPL) to a High Density Library (HDL) design, so this can tell us that instead of bigger size, nodes and dies will be tighter, allowing for more of those to be packed within. Many people thought that this will require additional power sources, but in fact the truth is quite the opposite. Main concern of the engineers in AMD was to improve the space, and in the meantime, power problem was also solved.
It is widely known that both Intel and AMD were using Dynamic Frequency and Voltage Scaling, in order to respond to certain voltage levels. But, this system had shown to be inefficient enough, for those levels can drop, and even by tiniest amount, in longer terms, you have wasting of your power. What could be done was done by AMD, for they introduced new system of control, called Adaptive Voltage and Frequency Scaling (AVFS). This particular type of control is able to determine and adapt specific level of power consumption for each APU. So, instead of universal controller, you’ve got separate ones for each unit. By the words from AMD, this will reduce the power consumption by amazing 30%. Previous types of processors shown their best around 15-3W, but this one will show its claws already at 12-15W. This will particularly come in handy when it comes to highly power-dependant devices, such as notebooks or parts of the PC, for example graphic cards. Those are well-known to suck out all the juice from the power source.
For the very first time, AMD managed to pull out the unthinkable. By reducing the amount of silicone used, tightening the space between the nodes and dies, Carrizo has enough space to pack up Southbridge as well. This simply indicates how serious AMD is, and to integrate different controller within the processor, is somewhat bold move. Of course, as we said, those battery-dependant devices, such as laptops and cell phone users will greet this new item. Also, with its packing of more power under the hood, it will be appealing target for many users. Graphic cards of newest generation from Radeon are already scheduled to have this new type of controller.
So, to summarize, this is not just a new gadget from AMD. This is a pinnacle of the cutting-edge technology, and I’m sure that in most recent time, many other companies will join the race, which means stronger, faster and smarter devices for us common users.