AMD Zen Confirmed for 2016, Features 40% IPC Improvement Over Excavator
AMD has finally come forward with information about its Zen CPU Core, the company’s upcoming successor to the AMD Bulldozer series.
During its earnings call, AMD highlighted that Zen will be the first ever CPU core from the company to launch with Simultaneous Multithreading, following the current version that houses Clustered Multithreading design.
Additionally, Zen will also feature a new high-bandwidth low latency cache system. Consumers would be happy with this news, since the cache performance for the company’s Bullzdozer architecture did receive a large amount of flak.
According to Chief Technology Officer Mark Papermaster, Zen will have a huge improvement in IPC (Instructions Per Clock) compared to Excavator, the company’s latest Bulldozer Family CPU Core which has yet to release.
He cited a 40 percent performance improvement, independent of the manufacturing process. This basically puts the Core on par with Intel’s Haswell. The systems would also use a new compression standard that allows for 4K or 1080p streaming.
AMD’s entire product lineup of 2016 (FX, APU) will feature Zen. While a concrete release date wasn’t mentioned, AMD did state that Zen will be available starting next year.