AMD Starship Processor; 48 Cores, 96 Threads On A 7nm Node
We know that AMD has been working on getting the AMD Zen to market and that the company is looking to take on Intel in the server market with their upcoming 14nm processor. Latest reports claim that AMD could be skipping the 10nm process and going straight to a 7nm node. Reports suggest the company will be making the AMD Starship processor which will have 48 cores and 96 threads.
The fact that the AMD Starship processor will be made on the 7nm node makes it economically viable and more power efficient. This AMD Starship processor could prove to be a great competitor for the Intel Xeon and Xeon Phi chips which have a high cost. Seems like AMD was not kidding when they wanted to pose a threat to Intel as the number one chip maker in the PC world.
It should be noted that this information is based on leaked document and could be inaccurate but I think that the company is, in fact, skipping the 12nm process in favor of 7nm node. The WSA agreement shows that the contract contains only 14nm and 7nm nodes so that is in favor of my opinion. What is the truth of the matter only the company can tell.
If my speculations are correct that we will be able to see the AMD Starship processor late 2018 or early 2019 after the release of the AMD Zen and Naples. Late 2018 would be a best case scenario but a more practical speculation would be 2019.
Right now we do not know if the AMD Starship processor will be based on the Zen architecture or not. We are still waiting on official word from AMD when it comes to the details. The AMD Starship processor could be based on the 10nm backbone but that again is a speculation and nothing can be certain unless there is an official statement from the company itself.