AMD Could Launch 7nm Zen based Starship CPU in 2018, Featuring 48 Cores & 96 Thread
Last week, it was rumored that AMD was working on a 32-core, 64-thread configuration Zen based server CPU, codenamed “Naples.” Built using the 14nm FinFET process by GlobalFoundries, the CPU is reportedly planned for 2017. Now, another report has emerged online, which suggests that Naples will be followed by a 7nm processor called “Starship” which could launch in late 2018.
The report comes from Fudzilla, which states that the codename Starship is named after the 1980s American rock band which had a rather hopeful hit “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now.” The server chip will support 48 cores and 96 threads, with some versions featuring fewer cores that could make it into mainstream servers and desktop computers.
Different versions of the Starship CPU will ship with TDPs between 35- and 180W, targeting the entire range of the higher end servers. It’s worth mentioning that Starship is still a concept project, and we’re not sure if it could make it on time.
Speaking of the Naples, the 14nm processor will feature up to eight independent memory channels, and support up to 128 PCIe Gen 3.0 bus lanes. Each x86 Zen CPU core will have 512KB of cache, with each cluster of cores sharing an 8MB L3 cache. There are likely to be eight such clusters that will add up to a total of 64MB.
The Naples CPU will reportedly support both SATA and NVMe flash-based drives, as well as up to 16x 10GbE network controllers which will be integrated in the chipset. The CPU will be offered in dual-, quad- and sixteen-core versions, with TDPs rated between 35- and 180W.
We’d recommend you to take these reports with a usual grain of salt as nothing is official yet. We’ll update you with the latest as it happens. So stay tuned!
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