AMD Ryzen Notebook Roadmap Confirms 6nm ‘Zen 3+’ Rembrandt, 7nm ‘Zen 3’ Barcelo & 7nm ‘Zen 2’ Dragon Crest APUs

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A brand new AMD Ryzen Notebook CPU roadmap has leaked out which confirms several upcoming families including Rembrandt, Barcelo, and Dragon Crest.

AMD Ryzen Notebook Roadmap For 2020-2022 Leaks Out - 6nm Zen 3+ & 7nm Zen 3/Zen 2 Core Powered Rembrandt, Barcelo, Dragon Crest APUs Confirmed

The AMD Ryzen Notebook APU platform will be getting some major updates next year. For the top-end notebooks, AMD is preparing its 6nm Zen 3+ powered Rembrandt lineup which succeeds upon the Zen 3 powered Cezanne chips. Replacing The Lucienne APUs is the Barcelo lineup which will be getting Zen 3 cores and act as a Cezanne Refresh for the notebook platform. On low-power designs such as tablets and ultrabooks, AMD will be offering Dragon Crest as a successor to the Van Gogh processors.

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AMD Rembrandt 'Ryzen 6000' APUs With Zen 3+ CPU & RDNA 2 GPU Cores

The AMD Rembrandt lineup of Ryzen notebook APUs are expected to be branded under the 6th Generation Ryzen family known as Ryzen 6000, replacing its Cezanne-based brethren. The two key technologies that will power Rembrandt will be a new Zen 3+ CPU & RDNA 2 GPU architecture. The Rembrandt APUs are said to be fabricated on the TSMC 6nm process node which is an optimized version of the N7 process. A

According to the details, the Zen 3+ CPU architecture will deliver key improvements in efficiency while offering a decent performance uplift over the Zen 3 architecture. It will be similar to the Zen+ core architecture but reports show that the Zen 3+ architecture will be a slightly better refresh than what we got with Zen+.

AMD will also be featuring its RDNA 2 based Navi 2 GPUs on Rembrandt Ryzen APUs. The Ryzen 6000 lineup of Rembrandt APUs is said to offer up to 12 Compute Units. This means we will be getting up to 768 stream processors, a 50% jump from Cezanne parts which feature 512 stream processors based on the older Vega graphics architecture. In addition to the architectural update, we can also expect RDNA 2 iGPUs to feature impressive clock frequencies as seen on the desktop graphics cards.

In addition to the core technologies, AMD will also feature its CVML (Compute Vision & Machine Learning" system onboard the Rembrandt chips for better AI capabilities that would directly target Intel's future-gen AI-enabled chips on the desktop and notebook segment. Other prominent features of the Rembrandt Ryzen APUs from AMD will include support for PCIe Gen 4 and LPDDR5/DDR5 memory support. The Rembrandt APUs will feature up to DDR5-5200 memory support, 20 PCIe Gen 4 lanes, and two USB 4 (40 Gbps) ports. As per the roadmap, the Rembrandt APUs will feature support on the FP7 platform.

AMD Barcelo 'Ryzen 6000' APUs With Zen 3 CPU & Vega GPU Cores

Just like the Renoir refresh lineup which we know as Lucienne, AMD will be refreshing its Cezanne APUs for a 2nd round on the notebook platform. These APUs will be known as Barcelo and will be targeted at low-power / ultra-thin notebooks. We can expect similar specifications as the existing Renoir lineup which includes 8 cores and 16 threads for the CPU side and up to 7 Vega compute units for a total of 512 stream processors. Do note that we will definitely see a boost in CPU and GPU clock speeds but don't expect them to be that dramatic. The chips are suggested to fall in the 15W TDP category range.

The Barcelo APUs will remain compatible with the FP6 platform which means that it would be very inexpensive to design notebooks around the APUs as the designs had already been formulated a whole year in advance and manufacturers already had got lots of experience with the Cezanne line of chips.

AMD Van Gogh & Dragon Crest With Zen 2 & RDNA 2 For Ultra-Low Power Platforms

Finally, we have a new lineup of custom SOCs that AMD is developing for ultra-low power platforms known as Van Gogh. The AMD Zen 2 powered chips will be based on the TSMC 7nm process node and will feature a monolithic design composed of the CPU, GPU, and I/O IPs. The chip itself will have a very small footprint in terms of die area and the lower cache will allow for cost-savings for AMD in mass-producing these chips.

At the heart of the Van Gogh Ryzen APUs would be the AMD RDNA 2 graphics architecture. MLID reports that the APU is expected to feature a total of 8 Compute Units based on the RDNA 2 GPU architecture. In terms of performance, the Van Gogh APUs should deliver faster performance vs Cezanne APUs in graphics but don't expect them to be a lot faster as the Cezanne chips have a bigger power budget dedicated to the GPU cores while Van Gogh APUs will feature a total TDP of around 7.5-15W.

The AMD Van Gogh Ryzen APUs will also rely on LPDDR5 memory and once again, the movie is to offer the latest IPs which looks good from a marketing perspective than offering higher gaming bandwidth. The APUs will be designed for the FF3 socket which is a compact low power socket to compete against Tiger Lake-U processors. Intel's Tiger Lake-U is in fact the direct competitor for Van Gogh and AMD can also use the chip in the future for low-cost products until a true successor arrives which has already been leaked as Dragon Crest.

AMD Zen CPU / APU Roadmap:

Zen ArchitectureZen 1Zen+Zen 2Zen 3Zen 3+Zen 4Zen 5Zen 6
Process Node14nm12nm7nm7nm6nm?5nm/4nm4nm/3nmTBA
ServerEPYC Naples (1st Gen)N/AEPYC Rome (2nd Gen)EPYC Milan (3rd Gen)N/AEPYC Genoa (4th Gen)
EPYC Genoa-X (4th Gen)
EPYC Siena (4th Gen)
EPYC Bergamo (5th Gen?)
EPYC Turin (6th Gen)EPYC Venice (7th Gen)
High-End DesktopRyzen Threadripper 1000 (White Haven)Ryzen Threadripper 2000 (Coflax)Ryzen Threadripper 3000 (Castle Peak)Ryzen Threadripper 5000 (Chagal)N/ARyzen Threadripper 7000 (Storm Peak)TBATBA
Mainstream Desktop CPUsRyzen 1000 (Summit Ridge)Ryzen 2000 (Pinnacle Ridge)Ryzen 3000 (Matisse)Ryzen 5000 (Vermeer)Ryzen 6000 (Warhol / Cancelled)Ryzen 7000 (Raphael)Ryzen 8000 (Granite Ridge)TBA
Mainstream Desktop . Notebook APURyzen 2000 (Raven Ridge)Ryzen 3000 (Picasso)Ryzen 4000 (Renoir)
Ryzen 5000 (Lucienne)
Ryzen 5000 (Cezanne)
Ryzen 6000 (Barcelo)
Ryzen 6000 (Rembrandt)Ryzen 7000 (Phoenix)Ryzen 8000 (Strix Point)TBA
Low-Power MobileN/AN/ARyzen 5000 (Van Gogh)
Ryzen 6000 (Dragon Crest)
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