Zen Based CPUs Confirmed to be Available in Q4 2016, With APUs Planned for 2017
AMD suffered huge losses throughout the three quarters of 2015, resulting in losing a huge chunk of market share to Nvidia. However, the company has some solid plans in place to make a come back this year. The US-based chip maker is set to upgrade their entire GPU portfolio in 2016 that should make everyone say “AMD is back!” – at least according to the company CEO Dr. Lisa Su.
The AMD boss made these remarks while speaking about the company’s plans for 2016 in a round table discussion at CES this week. Su emphasized that the recently revealed Polaris and the upcoming Zen products will be “very competitive.”
“The idea that AMD is a cheap solution has to be replaced with the idea that AMD is a very competitive solution,” she said.
Su also confirmed previous rumors that the first Zen CPUs from the earliest production will be launched by the end of 2016, with large volumes planned for 2017. On the other hand, Zen based APUs are set to arrive in mid-2017.
That being said, AMD Zen architecture is going to be built on a 14-nm process with a unified AM-4 socket and support for DDR-4 memory. Further, it utilize Simultaneous Multi-Threading (SMT) technology which will allow the CPU to process two threads at the same time. All this will translate into 40 per cent increase in Instruction per Clock throughput.
Lastly, the system will also introduce a new compression standard which will enable 4K or 1080p streaming. More technical details about Zen will be revealed throughout the year, as announced by Drew Prairie, Director Corporate Communications.