AMD recently updated the investor report in May. Everyone found that they have quietly deleted the third-generation Ryzen Threadripper processor from this year’s list, which is the 7-nm Ryzen Threadripper 3000 series. Many people expected them to use up to 64-core 128-threads in the upcoming Threadripper. Although it is unclear why AMD changed the CPU roadmap so much, they confirmed the AMD Zen 4 architecture for the first time in its May report, which is the next generation CPU architecture and is still in the design phase.
Prior to this, AMD’s CPU roadmap was announced for the Zen3 generation, including the improved 12nm Zen+ architecture. The 14nm Zen architecture and 12nm Zen+ architecture have been released and will be officially launched at the Taipei Computer Show at the end of this month. The 7nm Zen2 architecture of the Ryzen 3000 series processor was released. At the end of November last year, the EPYC version of the 7nm Zen2 processor was announced.
The Zen 2 architecture is currently in production, and then the Zen3 architecture is progressing smoothly, in line with official expectations. But apart from the 7nm+ process, we currently know little about the Zen3 architecture. After the core number continues to expand to 64 cores, Zen 3 architecture should not increase the core/thread, and the main improvement of the 7nm + process is not performance. So the Zen3 architecture should just be an optimized version of the Zen2 architecture.
So what after the Zen3 architecture? Since the names with 4 aren’t considered very auspicious in Asia and China, there have been rumours that AMD will skip this name and enter the Zen5 era directly. However, AMD has denied that. Most probably the Zen4 architecture will still exist and is under development.
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AMD Zen 4: Further details!
In this month’s investor report, AMD updated a new round of CPU roadmaps, confirming the existence of the Zen4 architecture in the official report for the first time, but AMD only mentioned that the Zen4 architecture is still in design, and other information is not available.
Considering that the Zen3 architecture will be available in 2020, the AMD Zen 4 architecture is at least set for 2021. At least two years later, when TSMC’s 5nm EUV process will also come in mass production. The Zen4 architecture is likely to be based on that same 5nm EUV process.
Considering the progress of Intel’s technology, the 14nm processor will still be their main focus in 2020, and the 10nm process in 2021. The 7nm EUV process is still rumoured for Intel. Intel is likely to fall behind two generations in the process of going up to 5 nm easily.
So guys what do you think about this? Do you think the AMD Zen 4 Architecture would actually be based on a 5nm process? Do let us know in the comments section below!
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