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AMD Zen Trademarks Spotted, “RyZen” & “ThreadRipper” – Potential AI Codenames Jitzu, Joro & Grok Also Discovered

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Dec 5, 2016
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AMD just filed 5 interesting trademarks that appear to be related to Zen & artificial intelligence. RyZen, ThreadRipper, Jitzu, Joro & Gork. This is especially intriguing as we now know that AMD is planning a big preview on December 13th ahead of Zen’s official launch early next year.

Which is one reason why we decided to roll our sleeves up and dig deeper into what these new trademarks might mean and which products they could be related to.

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AMD’s RyZen And ThreadRipper, New Zen Trademarks ?

Let’s start with the two trademarks that, on the face it of at least, appear to be suspiciously related to AMD’s upcoming Zen CPUs. Which are set to compete with Intel’s eight core, six core in the enthusiast market as well as quadcore i7 and i5 CPUs in the mainstream desktop segment. With a combination of extremely impressive performance and aggressively disruptive pricinng AMD is hoping to hit the ground running with Zen early next year.

The RyZen trademark was filed by AMD several months ago on the 28th of July, 2016. The trademark’s description unfortunately is quite vague, it states :

“Semiconductor devices; semiconductor chips; semiconductors; computer hardware; microprocessor modules; chip sets, integrated circuits; graphics processors; and accelerated processors”

Happily however we know for a fact that it’s related to chips and with “Zen” in the name it’s logical to assume that this trademark has something to do with AMD’s upcoming CPUs. Is it a new CPU brand? a feature? a specific product? it’s quite difficult to tell.

Moving on to “ThreadRipper”. This trademark was filed several months later, on the 25th of October, 2016 to be specific. This trademark’s description is quite lengthy and even more vague. It reads :

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“Semiconductor devices; semiconductor chips; semiconductors; computer hardware; microprocessor modules; microprocessor subsystems; computer hardware subsystems; computer subsystems; graphics software; chipsets; integrated circuits; graphics processors; accelerated processors; graphics cards; video cards; video game software; computer software; video game consoles; virtual reality headsets; computer workstations; computer servers; solid state drives; volatile memory and dynamic random-access memory”

Given that the word “thread” is in the name it is not outlandish to assume that it has something to do with Zen, specifically it’s simultaneous multi-threading capability. It doesn’t give me the impression of a brand for AMD’s equivalent to intel’s HyperThreading. It sounds, to me at least, like something related more to a piece of software but that’s just speculation on my part.

Zen’s simultaneous multi-threading feature.

Zen CPUs will come in three different configurations, all of which support simulatenous multi-threading. The fastest of the bunch will feature eight cores and 16 threads and is rumored to outperform Intel’s i7 $999 5960X CPU at half the price. In the middle of the stack there will be six core, 12 thread chips with performance rumored to be similar to Intel’s six core i7 6800K and i7 5820K CPUs at a significantly lower price point. At the most affordable end of the stack will be quadcore, 8 thread models with performance rumored to be similar to Intel’s i7 4770K at i5 sort of pricing.

AMD RYZEN Desktop CPU Lineup - Specs & Rumored Prices

WccftechSR7 Black EditionSR7SR5SR3
MicroarchitectureZenZenZenZen
L2 Cache4MB4MB3MB2MB
L3 Cache16MB16MB12MB8MB
Cores8864
Threads1616128
Core Clock3.4+3.4TBATBA
Turbo ClockTBATBATBATBA
Alleged* MSRPs$499$349$249$149
LaunchJanuaryJanuaryMarchMarch

JORO, JITZU & GROK – Potential Hints That AMD Plans A Future Play In The AI Market

All three trademarks were filed on the same day, 25h of July 2016.  They all bear the same vague description. Which reads :

“Semiconductor devices; semiconductor chips; semiconductors; computer hardware; microprocessor modules; microprocessor subsystems; computer hardware subsystems; computer subsystems; graphics software; chipsets; integrated circuits; graphics processors; accelerated processors; graphics cards; video cards; video game software; computer software; video game consoles; virtual reality headsets; computer workstations; computer servers; solid state drives; volatile memory and dynamic random-access memory”

Thee keen-eyed among you will note that this description is identical to that of “ThreadRipper”, which doesn’t help us one bit in trying to figure out what they could be related to. However, digging deeper into the meaning of each of these three codenames is quite revealing.

But, What Do They Actually Mean?

Let’s start with Joro. Our research indicates that this is a word derived from the Nordic name Jöro, which simply means earth.  Grok on the other hand is a word that was coined by Robert A. Heinlein for his 1961 science-fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land. It means to understand something intuitively or by empathy. Finally we come to Jitzu. This is a name with origins in Asia and it means independent, autonomous and self-taught.

If we pause for moment and create a word cloud based on what we just read we’ll end up with something that sounds like it was taken straight out of Jen-Hsuan Huang’s talks about AI and machine-learning. Nvidia has been pushing its technology in this direction very actively in recent years. Senior AMD executives, including CEO Lisa Su, were asked on several occasions whether the company was planning any future plays in the AI & autonomous, driver-less, car markets like its rival. In the past few months and at several events the company repeatedly dropped hints that it plans to expand to those markets with Zen and Vega next year.

What specifically each one of these codenames refers to is not clear. Our guess would be a software framework for AI and machine-learning. Perhaps even AMD’s in-house built AI prototypes.

WccftechAMD NaplesAMD RYZEN
MarketEnterpriseDesktop
MicroarchitectureZenZen
Cores328
Threads6416
BaseTBA3.6Ghz (F3 Stepping)
TurboTBA3.9Ghz (F3 Stepping)
4.0Ghz (F4 Stepping)
L1 Instruction Cache32 KB x 3232 KB x 8
L1 Data Cache64 KB x 3264 KB x 8
L2 Cache512 KB x 32512 KB x 8
L3 Cache64 MB16 MB
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