AMD Zen to Bring Greater than 40% IPC Increase, New Report Suggests
It’s no secret that AMD is currently struggling against Intel and Nvidia due to having less competitive products in the declining market for personal-computer components. The US-based chipmaker recently reported a 10% decline in revenue in Q4 2015 and an overall 28% decline in full year revenue.
However, AMD is hoping to make a come back later this year when the company will launch their next generation Zen architecture. Built on a 14 nanometer architecture, AMD Zen was originally expected to bring up to 40% improvement in instructions per clock (IPC) over their current lineup. However, according to a new report from the company, Zen may be performing better than their early estimates, with greater than 40% IPC increase over current generation.
AMD believes the new architecture would mark the company’s “re-entry” into the high-performance desktop market as it will bring instruction set parity with competitors and a reworked and more balanced design. Zen will come with a unified AM-4 socket bringing support for DDR4 memory and other technologies.
Despite the tape out having already been completed, AMD CEO Lisa Su confirmed this week that the first Zen-based chips, code-named Summit Ridge, will debut on high-end desktops at the end of this year. Later, the chips will make their way to servers in early 2017. There are no details about when Zen will be available for laptops and low-end PCs.