AMD releases new AI chips to compete with NVIDIA and Intel

AMD has introduced the Ryzen™ 8000 and 8040 series with the most advanced x86 processors for AI PCs as part of its strategy to compete with NVIDIA and Intel. Designed specifically for AI-powered computers, these processors are tailored to enhance AI performance in both consumer and enterprise environments.

They are suitable for AI-driven teamwork, creative workflows, and complex data analytics tasks. Additionally, AMD has integrated robust security measures that offer protection from sophisticated cyber threats, extending from chip-to-cloud.

A new era in AI PCs

The AMD Ryzen AI 8000 and 8040 series processors are designed to improve computing performance and AI capabilities, while also being energy-efficient. They include a neural processing unit (NPU) that works in conjunction with the standard CPU and GPU. This allows for up to 16 dedicated NPU TOPS (Trillions of Operations per Second) and up to 39 total system TOPS, a significant increase in AI processing power compared to previous generations.

These processors feature up to 8 high-performance cores, advanced 4nm technology, and Zen 4 architecture.

The Ryzen PRO 8000 series are the first AI-enabled desktop processors for business users.

  • They offer high speed and low power consumption.
  • The business desktops powered by AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 8700G processors are reported to have up to 47% more performance and offer 3 times the graphics performance in certain tests, compared to the Intel Core i7 14700 processor.

The Ryzen PRO 8040 series are designed for business laptops and mobile workstations.

  • Video conferencing: the Ryzen PRO 8040 series delivers up to 72% faster performance and 84% less power for video conferencing with or without AI experiences enabled compared to the Intel Core Ultra 7 165U.
  • Connectivity: PCs powered by the Ryzen PRO 8040 Series processor will be among the first to incorporate WiFi-7 technology.


Professional laptops and mobile workstations with the new Ryzen PRO 8040 series mobile processors and the business desktops equipped with AMD Ryzen PRO 8000 Series processors are expected to become available from partners like HP and Lenovo starting in the second quarter of 2024.

AMD Ryzen AI Software

AMD Ryzen AI Software is a suite designed for developers, offering a collection of tools and libraries to enhance AI inference on computers equipped with AMD Ryzen AI processors. It uses the AMD XDNA architecture, enabling applications to run efficiently on the NPU. The suite offers extensive support for models trained in popular frameworks such as PyTorch and TensorFlow, enabling seamless on-device AI workloads and concurrent application execution.

AMD Ryzen AI Software (source)

Developing AI applications for Ryzen AI can be summarized in 3 easy steps: train, quantize (to make the AI models smaller and faster to use) and deploy.


AMD’s announcement of the Ryzen AI 8000 and 8040 series is a strategic move in the AI market. The integration of NPUs in their processors offers AMD a significant advantage in AI processing performance, which is a key factor in the rapidly growing field.

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AMD press release: “AMD Expands Commercial AI PC Portfolio to Deliver Leadership Performance Across Professional Mobile and Desktop Systems”

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