Information on AMD's Zen CPU Architecture
Published: 18th October 2014 | Source: wccftech |
Some information on AMD's Zen CPU Architecture
We know that AMD is building a new high performance x86 CPU architecture. Details on the architecture are light at present but at present we are looking at a likely launch in 2016 on the 16nm FinFET process. AMD's new CEO, Lisa Su, seems very confident that the company has ability to create a competitive high-end CPU architecture.
AMD has made recently hired some industry heavyweights like Jim Keller, Raja Koduri and Mark Papermaster to make sure that their next Generation designs will be a significant leap in performance and efficiency and become much more competitive with the competition.
AMD's Carrizo desktop APUs are set to launch around march 2015, with the entry level low powered Carrizo-L to be available by the end of this year. Carrizo will use the AMD Excavator CPU core and as such marks the end of the known iterations of the Bulldozer architecture, meaning that AMD should be releasing a next generation CPU with an as of yet unknown CPU core in 2016. Remember the quote above, we only have to live with Bulldozer for 4 years, that time is almost up.
As far as process tech goes AMD's former CEO, Rory Read, said that they would continue to advance as the tech becomes available and profitable. He also said that they would move to 16nm FinFet in 2016. Could Zen be on 16nm?
"We’ll continue to go down the curve. We’re gonna go Fins and we’re gonna go 14 and 10 and all those things will occur but we want to do it in an orderly way."
"Will we move down to Fins ? yes absolutely and the next generation of products go there as we introduce them in 16 (2016). But you want to do that as you catch the cost curve and the yield curve at the right place so that it makes sense for us."
AMD new CEO, Lisa Su, recently said that AMD are looking to use their new CPU designs to update their Server CPUs, most of which still use the Piledriver CPU Architecture, over the next few years. This will be with the addition both x86 and ARM processors to market.
“From where we are today, our [server] product portfolio in x86 is several years old, and we are certainly looking at updating that over the next couple of years. As we look at the opportunity in server, particularly in dense server, there’s an opportunity for both x86 and ARM, and so we are going after the newer markets in server versus some of the traditional enterprise,”
20nm AMD APUs are planned for the server market next year as a part of their Skybridge initiative which will merge both ARM and x86 on the same socket (making both CPUs pin compatible), these 20nm CPUs will likely come in the form of AMD ARM based CPUs with x86 CPUs coming later.
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