AMD will finally be disclosing more information about its next generation CPU & graphics architectures Vega, Navi and Zen+ in 10 days. The company is set to unveil its long-term CPU & graphics roadmaps for 2017 and beyond in a little over a week, sources close to AMD have told us. If you've been waiting to hear more about Vega, Navi & Zen+ make sure to tune in to Wccftech on Tuesday May 16th.
I should make it very clear that this is not going to be a product launch. AMD's CTO Mark Papermaster, RTG Chief Architect Raja Koduri and Computing & Graphics head Jim Anderson will all join CEO Lisa Su on stage at the company's headquarters in Sunnyvale to discuss AMD's long-term vision. Vega, Navi and Zen+ cores will take center stage. This will not be a Vega launch.
AMD's Building Blocks For Ambitious 14nm & 7nm Roadmaps - Vega, Navi, Pinnacle Ridge/Zen 2 & Beyond
The Graphics Roadmap - VEGA & NAVI
Vega is set to come out some time before the end of June and will have its own dedicated launch event. It's the successor to Polaris and the company's second graphics architecture to feature stacked memory. There's so much to talk about when it comes to Vega that we simply can't get into it here for the sake of brevity. If you're interested in learning more about it check out our Vega Architecture article.
Navi is AMD’s third generation graphics architecture designed under the umbrella of the Radeon Technologies Group. The graphics architecture will build on the power efficiency principals of Polaris & Vega. Navi is believed to be the first GPU microarchitecture conceived entirely under graphics guru Raja Koduri. It will employ “next gen” memory, likely third generation stacked High Bandwidth Memory or GDDR6 depending on the product to boost performance and efficiency.
Navi is the first graphics architecture from the company built on GlobalFoundries' upcoming 7nm FinFET process. Based on what GlobalFoundries has so far publicly disclosed regarding the 7nm FinFET process, Navi should land sometime between 2018 and 2019. You can expect more details regarding Navi's timing on May 16th.
Pinnacle Ridge/Zen 2 & Future Zen+ Cores
AMD’s CEO Lisa Su confirmed last year 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+”.
As things stand today, Zen+ is merely a placeholder code name. Ryzen desktop processors are code named Summit Ridge, their successor is slated for a 2018 debut and is code named Pinnacle Ridge. The successor to the Zen core itself is still unnamed publicly, so expect more color on this at the event.
What To Expect On May 16th
AMD's collaborative deal with GlobalFoundries on 7nm FinFET technology extends all the way to 2020. We know very little about the company's product and technology roadmaps beyond 2018 today. This is expected to change on May 16th as CEO Lisa Su discusses the company's long-term prospects. The company's head of the Enterprise, Embedded, and Semi-Custom group Forrest Norrod will also step on stage to discuss AMD's Naples server SOC and its successors. We might also get a glimpse into the fabled monstrous 32 core Zen hyperscale APU.