AMD is Developing Several Zen Successor CPUs Dubbed as ‘Zen+’
AMD’s CEO Lisa Su has revealed that the tech giant is working on several future generation of CPUs that will succeed the Zen architecture.
The Zen CPUs from AMD are set to be introduced in 2016, but they only mark the beginning of a roadmap that covers the next 4-5 years. Dubbed the ‘Zen+’ CPUs, AMD is looking to build on the Zen architecture to create new CPUs that will succeed next year’s chip.
The Desktop high-end CPU market is currently dominated by Intel’s Core series of processors, and after rather long hibernation period, AMD has re-entered the competition following its announcement of the Zen processors earlier this year in May.
The Zen CPU microarchitecture had been identified by AMD as their most crucial investment in several years; AMD plans to leverage the Zen processors in several computing markets, including enterprises, high end desktops, notebooks, and also mainstream desktops.
The Zen+ processors will look to build on the foundations the Zen lays next year, with CEO Lisa Su having termed the Zen CPU as first of a multi-year strategy. The Zen is a completely new introduction, and will replace the Bulldozer and Excavator family with over 40% more instructions per clock.
The Zen CPUs are expected to be available for consumers by the end of 2016, expanding to the broader market by 2017.