AMD Announces 2nd Gen Ryzen & Vega Coming On 12nm Next Year

Sep 20, 2017

AMD announced today at the GlobalFoundries Technology Conference that it will be transitioning its Ryzen CPUs and Vega GPUs to 12nm LP technology next year. The announcement came via the company’s Chief Technology Officer Mark Papermaster, who confirmed alongside GlobalFoundries that 12LP volume production will begin in the first quarter of next year. Second generation Ryzen and Vega products are expected to be available on the market soon thereafter.

AMD Ryzen & Vega Getting The 12nm Treatment Next Year

AMD had revealed at its FAD event earlier in the year that it will be rolling out two new generations of architectures over the next three years to succeed its Zen CPU architecture and Vega graphics architecture.
Succeeding the 14nm Zen x86 CPU microarchitecture will be Zen 2 and Zen 3 designs built on 7nm and 7nm+. Succeeding the Vega graphics architecture will be Navi and a yet unnamed “next gen” graphics architecture based on 7nm and 7nm+ technology respectively.

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Before rolling out Zen 2 and Navi however, the company will be introducing Ryzen and Vega refreshes which were originally planned on 14nm+, but these products will now instead be made on GlobalFoundries’ newly announced 12LP node. Whether AMD’s upcoming Vega 11 GPU will be based on 14nm technology or part of this 12LP refresh is still unclear.

NVIDIA will also be transitioning its GeForce lineup of graphics cards to 12nm FinFET technology next year. Its new lineup of gaming oriented graphics cards will feature its next generation Volta graphics architecture and will be manufactured at TSMC. This means that no matter which graphics vendor we are talking about we are going to be looking at 12nm silicon across the discrete graphics market next year. PC gamers and enthusiasts should have a lot to look forward to next year.

Wccftech AMD 400 Series AMD 500 Series AMD 600 Series AMD 700 Series GeForce 10 Series GeForce 20 Series
Architecture Polaris Polaris / Vega Vega Navi Pascal Volta
Process Node GF 14nm LPP GF 14nm LPP GF 12nm LP GF 7nm LP TSMC 16nm FF TSMC 12nm FF
GPUs Polaris 10, Polaris 11 Polaris 20, Polaris 21, Vega 10, Vega 11 TBA Navi 10, Navi 11 GP102, GP104, GP106, GP107 GV102, GV104, GV106, GV107
Year 2016 2017 2018 2019 2016-2017 2018

AMD Ryzen CPU Roadmap

WCCFTech AMD Summit Ridge AMD Pinnacle Ridge
Product Family Ryzen 1000 Series Ryzen 2000 Series
Process Node 14nm 12nm
CPU Cores Up to 8 Up to 8
GPU Architecture N/A N/A
TDP 65W-95W 65W-95W
Socket AM4 AM4
Memory Support DDR4 DDR4
Launch Q1 2017 Q1 2018