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AMD Zen PLUS 7nm “Gray Hawk” APU Launching In 2019 – Features 4 Cores, 8 Threads & Power As Low As 10W


AMD is working on a family of APUs code named "Gray Hawk" to debut in 2019 on Globalfoundries' recently announced 7nm FinFET process. This next generation family of high performance Accelerated Processing Units will feature up to four Zen+ cores and eight threads with a thermal and power footprint as low as 10 watts. Powering the graphics side of these chips will be an integrated "Navi" GPU with substantial performance and power efficiency advancements.

AMD Gray Hawk 7nm APUs With Zen+ Cores Launching In 2019 - Feature 4 Cores, 8 Threads And Power As Low As 10W

"Gray Hawk" will succeed AMD's "Raven Ridge" family of 14nm APUs which are scheduled to land some time in mid 2017. APUs are quite versatile and Gray Hawk will be the most versatile of them all. The new family of chips is expected to go into everything from desktops, notebooks, arcade gaming systems, embedded devices, automation, retail signage to medical imaging and industrial control systems. "Gray Hawk" APUs will reportedly debut alongside AMD's 48 Core, 96 thread "Starship" behemoth some time in 2019.

Starship is a CPU only chip with twelve times the x86 grunt of Gray Hawk. Powered by a small army of Zen+ cores and copious amounts of cache, "Starship" is aimed at a completely different set of markets than Gray Hawk. It's expected to be quite the disruptive product in the data center and high performance computing arenas. Starship will be succeeding "Naples". AMD's 32 core, 64 thread server chip that's set to launch in the second half of 2017.

The foundation of all of these will be Globalfoundries' upcoming 7nm. The company is pouring several billion dollars into its Fab 8 in Saratoga, New York to bring the process up to speed. Which is expected to enter risk production within the next couple of years thanks to extensive re-use of existing 14nm FinFET tools and techniques.


"The industry is converging on 7nm FinFET as the next long-lived node, which represents a unique opportunity for GLOBALFOUNDRIES to compete at the leading edge. We are well positioned to deliver a differentiated 7nm FinFET technology by tapping our years of experience manufacturing high-performance chips, the talent and know-how of our former IBM Microelectronics colleagues and the world-class R&D pipeline from our research alliance. No other foundry can match this legacy of manufacturing high-performance chips."

Dr. Lisa Su, president and CEO, AMD :

“Leading-edge technologies like GLOBALFOUNDRIES 7nm FinFET are an important part of how we deliver our long-term roadmap of computing and graphics products that are capable of powering the next generation of computing experiences,” said . “We look forward to continuing our close collaboration with GLOBALFOUNDRIES as they extend the solid execution and technology foundation they are building at 14nm to deploy high-performance, low-power 7nm technology in the coming years.”

Next Generation AMD CPUs And APUs

WCCFTechAMD Summit RidgeAMD Pinnacle RidgeAMD Bristol RidgeAMD Raven RidgeAMD Gray Hawk
Family NameRyzenTBDAMD 7th Gen A-SeriesRyzenTBD
Product ArchitectureZenZen Refresh / Zen 2ExcavatorZenZen 2
Process Node14nm12nm28nm14nm14nm
CPU CoresUp to 8Up to 8Up to 4Up to 4Up to 4
GPU ArchitectureN/AN/ACaribbean IslandsVegaNavi
Memory SupportDDR4DDR4DDR4DDR4DDR4
Launch201720182016 (Mobile)
2017 (Desktop)
2017 (Mobile)
2018 (Desktop)

Zen+ & Navi, AMD's Building Blocks For An Ambitious 7nm Roadmap

We reported a few days back that AMD is planning to introduce a range of new CPUs, APUs & GPUs on 7nm. In fact the Sunnyvale chipmaker expects to have these products on-shelves by 2020. Which is almost limitlessly ambitious. Considering that its larger rival Intel is struggling to bring its 10nm process up to speed, and has delayed 7nm products all the way to 2022.

Although, worthy of note is that not all process technologies are created equal. And one fab's 7nm is by no means equal to another's. In fact Intel has maintained somewhat of a lead in that regard. Delivering a 32nm process that's on par with the industry's 28nm. And a 22nm process that competes with other foundries' 20nm technology. All the while maintaining a sixteen two twenty four month lead. We saw a repeat of the same at 14nm and we expect to see it again at 10nm and 7nm.

Realistically speaking Globalfoundries' 7nm FinFET will be much closer to Intel's 10nm. Timing-wise, they're expected to be available around the same time. In fact the entire industry, including Intel, TSMC & Globalfoundries, will soon approach the closest they have ever gotten to parity. Suffice to say it's going to be a significant event. It means that Intel will have to face tougher competition than it had in the past decade. And that alone will be among its biggest upcoming challenges.

AMD’s CEO Lisa Su confirmed that the company is working on several generations of CPUs to succeed Zen which are set to come out over a 3 to 5 year period. These future CPU microarchitectures were referred to by the CEO as “Zen+” cores. These high performance CPU offerings are meant to satisfy the needs of the market at the high-end following the introduction of the first Zen based Summit Ridge CPU products next year.

Navi is AMD's third generation graphics architecture designed under the umbrella of the Radeon Technologies Group which has just celebrated its first birthday. The graphics architecture will build on the power efficiency principals behind Polaris & Vega. The architecture will employ "next gen" memory, likely third generation stacked High Bandwidth Memory, to boost performance and efficiency. It's expected to arrive to market between the end of 2018 and early 2019 on 7nm FinFET.

Zen+ & Navi will be levearged across AMD's entire 7nm roadmap beginning in 2019. Including next generation high performance desktop Zen+ CPUs, Gray Hawk APUs and discrete Navi GPUs.

AMD Radeon Graphics Architectures

GPUProcessTransistors In BillionsPerformanceMemoryBandwidth
Southern Islands2012HD 7970 GhzTahiti28nm4.3 4.1 TFLOPS3GB GDDR5264GB/s
Volcanic Islands2013R9 290XHawaii28nm6.25.6 TFLOPS4GB GDDR5320GB/s
Caribbean Islands2015R9 Fury XFiji28nm8.98.6 TFLOPS4GB HBM1512GB/s
POLARIS2016RX 480Polaris 1014nm5.75.2 TFLOPS8GB GDDR5256 GB/s
VEGA2017RX Vega 64Vega 1014nm12.513 TFLOPS8GB HBM2480GB/s
VEGA Refresh



Vega 20





1 TB/s
NAVI2019TBANavi 107nmTBATBANextgen MemoryTBA