AMD Patent Hints At Hybrid CPU To Rival Intel’s Raptor Lake CPUs

Twitter user Kepler has discovered a new AMD patent that details moving tasks (threads) between different types of cores in a heterogeneous processor. In other words, the patent lays the groundwork for a microarchitecture that resembles Arm’s big.LITTLE design that uses clusters of ‘big’ high-performance cores paired with ‘little’ efficiency cores. 

AMD files over a plethora of patents every year, so there’s no guarantee that all of them will manifest as real products. That said, there are plenty of reasons to think that we could see a hybrid AMD design come to market. Intel has already embraced a hybrid design on its desktop parts with the upcoming 12th-Gen Alder Lake family. It’s reasonable to assume that AMD will eventually hop on the hybrid bandwagon at some point in time.