AMD has confirmed that its Zen 2 architecture is complete and will be based on the 7 nm process. While AMD CPUs based on the 7 nm process will probably roll out in 2019 and according to GlobalFoundries, AMD’s 7 nm demand will be higher compared to their supply capacity.
GlobalFoundries’ Chief Technologist Gary Patton noted in the recent EE Times report that “[AMD] will have more demand than we have capacity” for 7nm.
According to EE Times report, GlobalFoundires’ 7nm pitches and SRAM cells are similar to TSMC which will allow AMD to design its next-gen Ryzen CPUs using both foundries.
What it means is that AMD will be able to design its Zen 2/Ryzen 3rd Generation CPUs using both TSMC and GlobalFoundires which will result in onw foundery creating a better CPU than the other.
With AMD already confirmed that it will be starting sampling its 7nm Zen 2 processors later this year, it is likely that 3rd Gen Ryzen CPUs will start rolling out in 2019.
Speaking of AMD, a report has made its way to the internet suggesting that 12-16 Core AMD Ryzen CPUs will be dropping in 2019. Furthermore, the sources emphasized that 12 Core AMD Ryzen CPUs for the AM4 chipset will be the most likely outcome in 2019.
With Zen 2 architecture true based on 7 nm process already complete and if the rumor is true then we might see AMD Ryzen CPUs with 12-16 cores based on Zen 2 architecture.
Not only that, GlobalFoundries has noted that AMD Zen 5 will be based on 3 nm process instead of on 5 nm as GlobalFoundries plans to skip the latter one altogether.
According to CEO of GlobalFoundries Tom Caulfield, he doesn’t think that 5 nm is going to be enough for the company to invest in it and 3 nm process will be required to get “full performance”. However, he didn’t confirm that the company will indeed skip the 5 nm in favor of 3 nm process.
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