AMD Zen+, Vega 20, Navi GPUs To Be Built On 7nm FinFET Technology
We recently talked about how AMD could be skipping the 10nm process and move to 7nm, and we also heard rumors that GlobalFoundries would be doing the same. It seems that both AMD and GlobalFoundries are coming together to make this happen. This new collaborative plan has just been announced. 7nm FinFET Technology is anticipated to be the highest performing technology offered by the foundry till now.
This will provide a 30% performance improvement over previous 14nm & 16nm FinFET technologies. The collaboration between the two companies will be from 2016 to 2020 and during this time we will see Zen+, Vega 20 & Navi Products coming to the market.
This is what the CEO of AMD Lisa Su has to say:
“The five-year amendment further strengthens our strategic manufacturing relationship with GLOBALFOUNDRIES while providing AMD with increased flexibility to build our high-performance product roadmap with additional foundries in the 14nm and 7nm technology nodes. Our goal is for AMD to have continued access to leading-edge foundry process technologies enabling us to build multiple generations of great products for years to come.”
I think Zen is the first of a multi-year strategy so you know again you ask me what are my thoughts on the company I think AMD at our core we are a high-performance computing company and so you know Zen is a from scratch architectural design, for those of us who do those you know it takes a lot of work. It’s a multi-year effort but I think it’s a multi-year effort that we can see coming to fruition. And so what data center customers want from us is one we want you to be competitive and two we want a long term roadmap. And so we’ve really talked about Zen+, Zen follow-ons, as you know a three to five-year view of what’s needed to be successful in the data center.
According to Mark Papermaster, AMD CTO:
You can see it’s a very focused, very deliberate, design and technology. It will deliver. We’ve demonstrated that. And very key for me is the roadmap that we’d have behind it. What we have done is we have made sure that we have leap frogging design teams. So as we are releasing Zen now to market our design teams are well at work on Zen+ and the follow-on products that we have in this roadmap. So that is very key for us and our customers. Is that they see that we’re not only back but we will stay back. We have a very strong roadmap.
The new process is being developed with those market in mind that want high performance. These markets include data centers, networking applications, high-performance processors and deep learning supercomputing. GlobalFoundries’ 7nm FinFET technology is based on the optical lithography with EUV compatibility. A multi-billion dollar investment has been planned in order to achieve all this.
According to GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO Sanjay Jha:
“The industry is converging on 7nm FinFET as the next long-lived node, which represents a unique opportunity for GLOBALFOUNDRIES to compete at the leading edge. We are well positioned to deliver a differentiated 7nm FinFET technology by tapping our years of experience manufacturing high-performance chips, the talent and know-how of our former IBM Microelectronics colleagues and the world-class R&D pipeline from our research alliance. No other foundry can match this legacy of manufacturing high-performance chips.”
We have yet to see an official AMD roadmap that goes all the way to the year 2020 and features all the products that they are going to release for the 7nm FinFET technology. The performance benefits do seem to be significant. But we will have to wait a long time before we see all this come to reality. 7nm FinFET technology production will start in 2018.
What do you think about this upcoming 7nm FinFET technology and the performance improvement that it has to offer?