AMD patents machine learning chiplet

Posted on Friday, Jan 29 2021 @ 13:49 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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TechPowerUp reports AMD has patented a machine learning accelerator (MLA) chiplet design that can be paired with a GPU and cache chiplets. Combined, this results in what AMD calls an Accelerated Processing Device (APD). Basically, this seems the AMD counterpart of NVIDIA's Tensor cores, but in a multi-chip module (MCM) design rather than a monolithic chip.
This could give AMD a modular way to add machine-learning capabilities to several of their designs through the inclusion of such a chiplet, and might be AMD's way of achieving hardware acceleration of a DLSS-like feature. This would avoid the shortcomings associated with implementing it in the GPU package itself - an increase in overall die area, with thus increased cost and reduced yields, while at the same time enabling AMD to deploy it in other products other than GPU packages.


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