AMD Confirms AM4 Will Be Supported Until at Least 2020
In a recent interview with Overclockers, James Prior, AMD’s senior product manager, managed a few interesting things about the future of AMD.
First of all, he noted that AM4 will be supported until at least 2020 and Ryzen 2 will make use of the same AM4 socket as current hardware does. This isn’t new news, AMD said as much earlier this year, but it is good to have confirmation that AMD will continue to support AM4 sockets. Hopefully, this means that the next line of AM4 processors will work in current motherboards as that’s not always a sure thing.
Prior also gave us a timeline for the next x86 core release dates. Zen 2 is set to release sometime in 2018 with Zen 3 to follow in 2019. While we don’t know everything about Zen 2, it has been reported that AMD is planning on using a 7nm process.
“Our goal is to be very competitive in terms of our long-term roadmap,” AMD’s Lisa Su said earlier this year. “If you look at the foundry’s 7nm roadmap compared to some of the other technologies out there it’s actually really competitive. I think the gap between the foundry roadmap and the Intel roadmap has gotten a lot closer. Our goal is to be aggressive with 7nm technology. We will be doing tape outs later this year and as we get closer to production will give more insights there. But the idea is to be more competitive throughout the portfolio.”
It will be interesting to see what, if any, manufacturing issues AMD encounters. Intel encountered some troubles when they moved to a 10nm process for Cannon Lake, but they are on track to launch later this month. AMD, on the other hand, is planning to move to a 7nm process for its CPUs and GPUs.
Prior also confirmed that they have ceased production of reference models for the RX Vega 56 and 64 meaning they’ll only make the GPUs that are sent to their manufacturing partners.
For more information, the interview can be seen below.
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