AMD to Launch New Zen Architecture in Q4 2016
Fans have been eagerly waiting for AMD’s next-generation CPU architecture, and many hope it to arrive quickly in 2016. However, the latest report comes to dash those hopes as it claims that the new Zen architecture won’t be launching till the fourth quarter of 2016.
That means AMD is likely to debut the new platform behind Intel’s Skylake refresh, Kaby Lake and around the time of the launch of Skylake-E series. The late arrival of Zen architecture may put AMD in a rather competitive position.
Sources speculate that the delayed launch is due to Globalfoundries’ issues with R&D and yield rates for its 14nm FinFET manufacturing process.
Analysts are hoping the new chip will come to revitalize the maligned CPU market. According to AMD, Zen will be a huge improvement in IPC (Instructions Per Clock) over Excavator – the company’s latest Bulldozer Family CPU Core. The chip maker promises up to 40 per cent IPC gain, which basically puts the Core on par with Intel’s Haswell.
AMD Zen will be built on a 14 nanometer process, featuring a unified AM4 socket along with support for DDR4 memory. Just like Intel’s, the new architecture utilizes simultaneous multi-threading (SMT) technology and also adopts a new cache subsystem to boost CPU efficiency.
Various earlier claim that AMD will drop the “core pair” approach that was a foundation of Bulldozer, which means that there will not be a shared FPU anymore.