AMD Excavator Core To Make One More Round of Processors?
New documents have surfaced which suggest that AMD might bring back the Excavator core found in Carrizo APUs for one last round of processors. That certainly makes sense considering Zen architecture wouldn’t ship for revenue until April of 2017, as revealed by AMD CFO Devinder Kumar during the Raymond James Technology Investors Conference.
Up until now, the company didn’t introduce Carrizo on the desktop, but only refreshed Kaveri APUs. In 2016 however, we’ll see the rumored Bristol Ridge APU making its way to the Socket AM4 platform that supports DDR4 memory standard. The AM4 platform will includes the x86 Excavator based Bristol Ridge APUs for mainstream desktop systems and the Zen based Summit Ridge processors for enthusiast grade desktop systems.
If some leaked slides posted by Benchlife.info are to be believed, the Bristol Ridge AM4 APU family will pack 8 SKUs, out of which seven are based on a quad core design while one chip retains the dual core design.
The upcoming APUs will utilize a new branding scheme, most probably A-Series 9000, with clock speeds ranging from 2.5 to 3.6 GHz base and 2.8 to 4.0 GHz boost clocks. Featuring a relatively modest 65W power, the models are rumored to have configurable TDP ranges.
On the mobile front, the FP4 will be the first platform from AMD that includes support for DDR4 memory. There will be seven mobile models having a 3 GHz base speed and a 3.7 GHz turbo clock with a TDP of 25 to 45W. The platform itself will be compatible with current generation Carrizo and next generation Bristol Ridge and Stoney Ridge APUs.
Based on the latest chip architectures from AMD, the new CPUs integrate a wide I/O capabilities, and a broad range of updates over the aged AM3+ platform.