AMD reveals next-gen Ryzen, EPYC CPU roadmap, Big Navi coming by end of 2020

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on 09 Mar 2020
AMD reveals next-gen Ryzen, EPYC CPU roadmap, Big Navi coming by end of 2020
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AMD is working on 5nm-based Ryzen processors

AMD's Big Navi or RDNA2 based GPUs are coming by 2020-end

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AMD just hosted its annual Analyst Day, where CEO Dr Lisa Su outlined the company’s future plans in great detail. Part of what was shared includes information on the next-generation Ryzen CPUs, RDNA2 based GPUs, and some information on the fabrication node and even AMD’s server-side products.

For consumers, there’s a lot of interesting products coming up. AMD's next-generation processors (codenamed Vermeer) will be based on what the company calls Zen 3 architecture. It will continue to use the 7nm fabrication process. The processors are expected to be launched this year, with the launch flowing into 2021 for some regions. Next, we finally have a concrete timeline for Big Navi, or RDNA 2 based graphics cards. Dr Su said that GPUs using the RDNA 2 architecture should be out by the end of 2020. The company said that users can expect not only 4K gaming with ray tracing using the new cards but also up to a 50-percent improvement in power efficiency.

While news for consumer products was definitely interesting, the server-side of things is where AMD is really taking a huge leap. Announced during the meeting was Genoa, the next generation of EPYC processors based on Zen 4 cores that will be manufactured on the 5nm process. For server-side operations, the company also announced a new architecture called CDNA, which focuses more on compute performance than anything else. Lastly, AMD is also taking its Infinity Fabric into its third generation and renaming it to Infinity Architecture. The reason for this is simple. Up until now, Infinity Fabric would allow communication between CPU-CPU or GPU-GPU clusters, but with Infinity Architecture, the link would also allow an interconnection between CPU-GPU clusters.

Based on these three new technologies, AMD will manufacture the next supercomputer for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The LLNL conducts research across multiple disciplines, such as material science, forensics, explosives and even nuclear fusion. The new supercomputer called El Capitan will be more powerful than the current top 200 supercomputers combined and will be the first to break the 2-exaflop barrier for supercomputers. El Capitan will use all three of the new server-side technologies announced during the Financial Analyst Days, that is, the new Zen 4 based EPYC Genoa processors, the Infinity Architecture interconnect and the Radeon Instinct GPUs.

All of this makes it seem like AMD is pegged to continue its assault on Intel’s marketshare, both in consumer and enterprise businesses.

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