AMD Launches Ryzen 8040 Series Mobile Processors and Makes Ryzen AI Software Widely Available: “Advancing the AI PC Era”

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AMD has announced that its new Ryzen 8040 Series processors are expected to be broadly available from leading OEMs, including Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Razer, beginning in Q1 2024.

Here’s what AMD had to say about its newest family of mobile processors, which comprises nine models, headlined by the Ryzen 9 8945HS, an 8C/16T Zen 4 chip with boost clock of 5.2 GHz and RDNA 3 graphics:

AMD Ryzen 8040 Series processors offer next-level performance from everyday productivity to incredible content creation, with the Ryzen 9 8945HS processor offering up to 64% faster video editing and up to 37% faster 3D rendering than the competition, while gamers can enjoy up to 77% faster gaming performance.

Designed on AMD “Zen 4” processor architecture and with up to eight cores capable of delivering up to 16 threads of processing power, the Ryzen 9 8945HS offers leading single-core and multi-core performance. With AMD RDNA 3 architecture-based Radeon graphics and select systems powered by AMD XDNA architecture built for AMD Ryzen AI, the new processors are designed for creative professionals, gamers, and mainstream users looking for a powerful laptop with trusted performance today, and the capability to run advanced AI experiences.

The latest Ryzen processors provide the most performance available for ultrathin PC laptops and long battery life through innovative power management features, making it the perfect choice for modern professionals, gaming enthusiasts and creatives looking for faster and more power-efficient computing. AMD Ryzen 8040 Series processors also come with advanced LPDDR5 memory support. With these new processors, users are able to take advantage of immersive virtual experiences, gaming and streaming, and trust that their devices support demanding AI use cases while maintaining power efficiency.

And here’s the specs for the AMD Ryzen 8040 Series, which feature either a 45- or 28-watt TDP:

AMD Ryzen 8040 Series Processors Specifications

ModelCores / ThreadsBoost/Base FrequencyTotal CacheTDPNPU
AMD Ryzen 9 8945HS8C/16TUp to 5.2 GHz / 4.0 GHz24MB45WYes
AMD Ryzen 7 8845HS8C/16TUp to 5.1 GHz / 3.8 GHz24MB45WYes
AMD Ryzen 7 8840HS8C/16TUp to 5.1 GHz / 3.3 GHz24MB28WYes
AMD Ryzen 7 8840U8C/16TUp to 5.1 GHz / 3.3 GHz24MB28WYes
AMD Ryzen 5 8645HS6C/12TUp to 5.0 GHz / 4.3 GHz22MB45WYes
AMD Ryzen 5 8640HS6C/12TUp to 4.9 GHz / 3.5 GHz22MB28WYes
AMD Ryzen 5 8640U6C/12TUp to 4.9 GHz / 3.5 GHz22MB28WYes
AMD Ryzen 5 8540U6C/12TUp to 4.9 GHz / 3.2 GHz22MB28WNA
AMD Ryzen 3 8440U4C/8TUp to 4.7 GHz / 3.0 GHz12MB28WNA

“We continue to deliver high performance and power-efficient NPUs with Ryzen AI technology to reimagine the PC,” said Jack Huynh, SVP and GM of AMD computing and graphics business. “The increased AI capabilities of the 8040 series will now handle larger models to enable the next phase of AI user experiences.”

It also looks like the chips were designed closely with Windows 11 in mind:

AMD Ryzen 8040 processors are ready to leverage the full range of the Windows 11 ecosystem for optimized performance, including full support for Windows 11 security features. Select systems with an AMD Ryzen 8040 Series processor can also access out-of-the-box AI with Window Studio Effects Pack, enabling privacy at home or on-the-go with background blur, eye gaze tracking, and noise cancellation.

“It’s been incredible to see AMD and Microsoft’s long partnership moving into the next wave of technology, bringing AI innovation to our shared customers,” said Pavan Davuluri, CVP Windows + Devices, Microsoft. “We’re so excited to see Ryzen 8040 Series processor-powered devices come to life in the Windows ecosystem and can’t wait to see what developers and customers do with all of this innovation.”

AMD has also confirmed that it is making Ryzen AI Software widely available for users to easily build and deploy machine learning models on their AI PCs.

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