AMD Starts Development of Zen 5 Architecture
Chip manufacturer AMD has released its Ryzen processors based on the Zen architecture a little over a year ago, but the company is already hard at work developing the Zen 5 architecture. The new CPU’s based on this refined architecture will possibly be produced on a 5 nm process.
The news was announced by the company itself in a ’round table’ interview video hosted on AMD’s YouTube channel. Mark Clark, the lead architect on the Zen architecture, confirmed this in the talk. The interview also features questions and answers from the company’s Chief Marketing Officier, Director of Global Campaigns, Sr. Dellow Design Engineering, Product manager and the CVP from Radeon Technologies Group.
The video is also accompanied by a small roadmap, showing that the Zen 3 architecture will be released somewhere in 2020 using a refined 7 nm+ production process. Notably, AMD will be skipping the ‘Zen 4’ line altogether because of a Chinese superstition, as the word ‘four’ in Chinese has a strong connotation with the word ‘death’.
Concluding, it appears that we’ll first start seeing AMD processors with the Zen 5 architecture in 2021, although the roadmap is subject to change. The company confirmed that development for Zen 2 was already complete, and analysts predict to see the first Zen 2 CPU’s in 2019.