AMD confirmed that its next-generation Opteron processors and desktop APUs with the Piledriver core will include Cyclos Semiconductor's resonant clock mesh technology.
In a speech at ISSCC 2012, AMD and Cyclos provided first details about the IP that will be embedded in the Piledriver core to assist in achieving a clock speed that exceeds 4 GHz.
According to Cyclos, its resonant clock mesh (RCM) technology is similar to the technique some hybrid cars use via KERS, short for kinetic energy recovery system. Inductive-capacitive oscillators are leveraged in mesh-based high-performance clock distribution networks to deliver "high-precision timing while dissipating almost no power." In effect, RCM promises to recycle clock power to enable lower power consumption or higher clock speeds. AMD said that the technology result isa 24 percent drop in clock distribution power. The total IC power reduction is, depending on the chip design, estimated between 5 and 30 percent, but will be at the lower end (5 to 10 percent) in Piledriver.
AMD's Piledriver is the first high-volume processor core to use the RCM IP.