AMD to Introduce Zen Based HEDT CPUs in Late 2016
AMD is all set to to introduce Zen based high-end desktop (HEDT) FX processors in late 2016. The update comes from AMD CFO Devinder Kumar, who was at the Raymond James Technology Investors Conference which took place on Tuesday. Kumar said:
I think the key is getting through 2016 is to continue to stabilize the computing and graphics business, commercial, professional graphics embedded and even the high-end desktops with the Zen Core should all be accretive from a margin standpoint. I’ll be very disciplined from that standpoint and then obviously get into the 2017, 2018, 2019 time frame, we showed some long range target model assumptions across the board from a gross margin and profit standpoint and I think those are also pretty firm and we expect over the next three to five years we can execute to that, with execution on the graphics side of it, on the data center business, on the embedded and finally the new business that we expect on the semi-custom side of the house.
Kumar further revealed that AMD will announce Zen tapeout and customer sampling over the next several months. The news debunks previous rumors of 14nm struggles at Globalfoundries, as well as doubts over Zen’s availability next year, caused by Jim Keller’s departure back in September.
The recent update reaffirms AMD’s plans for a full year of revenue from Zen based products in 2017, as following Zen’s arrival into the desktop space, the company will roll out high performance Zen based sever parts.
AMD Zen architecture is built on a 14 nanometer process and utilizes Simultaneous Multi-threading (SMT) technology that allows the CPU to process two threads at once. That will bring a 40% improvement in instructions per clock (IPC) over AMD’s previous generation, which is quite significant!