It’s December 2016, and AMD unveils a new generation of Ryzen processors with Zen architecture, which, after the unconvincing Bulldozer, gave the world hope that Intel’s biggest rival can still keep up. However, AMD not only compared it in five years, but immediately overtook it. Although Intel is preparing a tough offensive called Alder Lake this year, AMD has other trumps next year.
They talked about them Robert Hallock, chief technical officer, and John Taylor, chief marketing officer for AMD. Hallock recalled the important products for 2022 and the vision that the company wants to adhere to in the future.
Ryzeny with 15% higher power
Processors are due to arrive at the beginning of next year “Ryzen 6000“, Which will carry the existing Zen 3 cores, but there will still be a layer above them 3D V-Cache increasing game performance. In June this year, the company showed that even with the same 7nm production and beats, the increased buffer can shift game performance by an average of 15%. So we’re talking about a generational leap.
At that time, the company compared a 12-core Ryzen 9 5900X with a frequency limited to 4 GHz with a variant with the same parameters, but with 192 MB of 3D V-Cache. We do not yet know what processors this memory will arrive at and how much it will cost. What is certain is that it will be a swan song from the AM4 platform.
Successor to AM4
A new platform, let’s call it “AM5“, He will arrive later next year. It will bring the new Zen 4 processor cores and then three important fives: 5nm production, DDR5 memory support and PCI Express 5.0. It has long been speculated that PCIe 5.0 is not planned. However, AMD can theoretically offer this interface only for selected processors and chipsets, after all, there are models with PCIe 3.0 and 4.0 side by side on AM4 as well.
News for laptops
At the beginning of 2022, AMD is also preparing a new mobile APU “Rembrandt“. Chips probably called Ryzen 6000U (15W models) and 6000H (45W models) connect the processor cores Zen 3 and graphics chip RDNA2, which can be found in Radeons 6000 or new generations of consoles from Sony and Microsoft. They will probably bring PCIe 4.0, USB4 and DDR5 memory (LP) to laptops, which should mainly benefit the GPU. Rembrandt is to be the first AMD chips to use 6nm TSMC production, ie the first generation with EUV lithography.
Unfortunately, Robert Hallock did not say a word about the above-mentioned characteristics, so it is only speculation, albeit documented by many sources. He was just talking about increased efficiency and longer laptop life. AMD will do it in two ways.
There should be several algorithms in the firmware to take care of power management depending on the application or workload. In current processors, there is only one rule that governs power, whether Word is running on the computer or, conversely, complex rendering in Blender. AMD also wants to bring other sleep states that they will be able to shut down individual parts of the CPU and GPU, thus further saving energy when not so much power is needed.
AMD is also inspired by Apple, among other things, and wants to build several CPU and GPUs in the future specialized coprocessors (Hallock speaks of them as accelerators), which have many times higher power at fractional consumption. For example, there will be various AI accelerators, for example, he gave the ones for video noise reduction or eye correction during video calls (he turns them so that they look into the camera).
The idea began to be speculated about immediately after AMD announced the acquisition of a $ 35 billion Xilinx, which is designing such chips. However, we do not yet know if we will see the first such accelerators next year.