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


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.

WccftechAMD 400 SeriesAMD 500 SeriesAMD 600 SeriesAMD 700 SeriesGeForce 10 SeriesGeForce 20 Series
Architecture PolarisPolaris / VegaVegaNaviPascalVolta
Process NodeGF 14nm LPPGF 14nm LPPGF 12nm LPGF 7nm LPTSMC 16nm FFTSMC 12nm FF
GPUsPolaris 10, Polaris 11Polaris 20, Polaris 21, Vega 10, Vega 11TBANavi 10, Navi 11GP102, GP104, GP106, GP107GV102, GV104, GV106, GV107

AMD Ryzen CPU Roadmap

WCCFTechAMD Summit RidgeAMD Pinnacle Ridge
Product FamilyRyzen 1000 Series Ryzen 2000 Series
Process Node14nm12nm
CPU CoresUp to 8Up to 8
GPU ArchitectureN/AN/A
Memory SupportDDR4DDR4
LaunchQ1 2017Q1 2018