As part of yesterday’s second quarter 2020 financial results, AMD has released updated versions of its roadmap slides that highlight what Team Red can expect in the coming years.
Though there are no major delays in reporting or significant realignment of the slides already released in March, the new slides show that AMD plans to move the vast majority of its CPU and GPU products to the 5nm process node by 2022, or at least the slides seem to indicate 2022.
In the data center CPU sector, AMD plans to launch its 4th generation Zen 4 Genoa 5 nm EPYC CPUs by 2022. Before that, the Zen 3 Milan 7 nm EPYC chips are used, as AMD has already announced. The relocation should be equivalent to a significant increase in the performance of the genoa chips and further strengthen AMD’s share of the server market.
The slides show that AMD plans to launch CDNA 2 GPUs that will expand the Infinity architecture to Exascale by 2022. The foils indicate an “enlarged knot”, which presumably refers to 5 nm. The 7 nm CDNA GPUs are still on track this year.
Zen 3 Vermeer will switch to consumer-oriented CPUs and will be launched later this year as Ryzen 4000 desktop chips. However, AMD has not explained its plans beyond that, particularly for 5 nm Ryzen CPUs. That doesn’t mean we won’t see them next year, but AMD is silent for now.
For customer-focused gaming GPUs, 7nm RDNA-2 Big Navi cards are still on the way to release later this year. AMD confirmed that RDNA 3 GPUs based on an “extended node” are on the right track to get on the shelves before 2022. It is unclear why AMD chose to use an “extended node” instead of specifying 5 nm.
Due to the nature and format of the foils, we have no precise start windows other than vague placements on an annual timeline that leaves a lot of room for interpretation. It is difficult to determine exactly when AMD is certain to launch these new 5nm GPUs and CPUs.
However, the roadmap is a kind of soft announcement for 5 nm Zen 4 CPUs and RDNA 3 GPUs with “Advanced Node”.
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