AMD Zen 5 To Be Based On 3nm Process As GlobalFoundries Plans To Skip 5nm

While AMD Ryzen 2000 CPUs have rolled out into the market last month but, AMD confirmed before the release of 2nd Gen Ryzen products that it is working on Zen 5 and now it seems that the AMD Zen 5 will be based on 3 nm process instead on 5 nm as GlobalFoundries plans to skip the latter one altogether.

Speaking with EETimes, CEO of GlobalFoundries Tom Caulfield talked about the future of the company and also touched the subject of leaning towards the 3 nm process instead of 5 nm for AMD Zen 5 architecture.

According to 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.

I don’t know if 5 nm is enough to make a fabless company invest … they need something as defined as 3 nm to get full performance, but we’re still looking at what is the right investment for the next node.

Speaking of AMD, the company has also announced Ryzen Pro Enterprise APUs for desktop and mobile platforms.

These AMD Ryzen Pro include features that are targeted towards business customers such as AMD GuardMI Technology with on-chip DRAM memory encryption, secure boot, fTPM/TPM 2.0 and “enterprise-grade” reliability. The APUs announced for the Ryzen Pro series are Ryzen Pro 2700U, 2500U, 2300U, 2400G, 2400GE, Pro 2200G and Pro 2200GE.

Also, the very first AMD Ryzen powered Lenovo Thinkpads have been listed. The listing didn’t reveal any extensive specs for these AMD Ryzen powered Lenovo Thinkpads but the listing reveals that these will feature AMD Ryzen CPUs up to AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 2700U.

Do you think that skipping the  5 nm in favor of 3 nm for AMD Zen 5 will be the wise decision? Let us know in the comments.

Source: EETimes

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