AMD unveils Zen and Vega architecture with 12nm manufacturing technology


AMD unveils Zen and Vega architecture with 12nm manufacturing technology

AMD unveils Zen and Vega architecture with 12nm manufacturing technology

During the past years, AMD has been in the shadow of its longtime rival, Intel. But this story has changed with the introduction of the latest generation of Ryzen processors that use 14nm manufacturing technology. The manufacturing technology of new AMD processors is similar to current Intel processors, which is a strong point for these products. Considering that Intel plans to migrate from 14nm manufacturing technology to 10nm; AMD did not stay idle and announced the presentation of 12 nm manufacturing technology in 2018 during the Global Foundries technology conference.

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At the launch of Ryzen and Vega, AMD talked about its next move towards new manufacturing technology in 2018. At that time, evidence and slides indicated that AMD was using 14nm+ manufacturing technology instead of 14nm manufacturing technology. The main reason for this assumption was that the manufacturing technology was believed to jump from 14nm to 7nm. But due to the fact that it is now clear that AMD will use 12nm manufacturing technology, 14nm+ manufacturing technology will not be used for this company. Also, using 12 nm technology will be much better and will be more useful for this company.

Also, the move from 14nm manufacturing technology to 12nm is not that big of a move. Samuel Wan, the author of the article, expects a lot of similarity between 12nm and 14nm chips. Global Foundries claims that compared to 16nm manufacturing technology, we will see a 15% increase in density and a 10% performance improvement. In fact, this semiconductor manufacturing factory has used 16 nm manufacturing technology instead of comparing with 14 nm manufacturing technology. However, this update is a step forward for AMD; Especially since Intel plans to unveil 10nm manufacturing technology at the same time.

With news based on the presentation of 12 and 10 nm technologies, we can guess that 7 nm manufacturing technology will not enter the semiconductor market anytime soon. Global Foundry seems to have given up on any direct move from the 14nm process to 7nm, and we should expect to see this technology sometime in 2019 or 2020. At this time, Zen 2 and Navi architectures, which are the next generation of Zen and Vega architectures, will enter the market. In 2018, we’ll see just one update for AMD’s current processors. It is hoped that during this period, Global Foundries will be able to fulfill its ambitious goals. In the table below, you can see the roadmap of AMD company in manufacturing processors:

AMD Summit Ridge AMD Pinnacle Ridge
Product Family Ryzen 2000 Series Ryzen 3000 Series
Process Node 14nm 12nm
CPU Cores Up to 8 Up to 8
GPU Architecture N/A N/A
TDP 65W-95W 65W-95W
Socket AM4 AM4
Memory Support DDR4 DDR4
Launch 2017 2018

In the table below, the road map of AMD and Nvidia You can see in the construction of GPUs:

AMD 400 Series AMD 500 Series AMD 600 Series AMD 700 Series GeForce 10 Series GeForce 20 Series
Architecture Polaris Polaris / Vega Vega 2 Navi Pascal Volta
Process Node GF 14nm LPP GF 14nm LPP GF 12nm LP GF 7nm FinFET TSMC 16nm FF TSMC 12nm FF
Memory GDDR5 GDDR5 / HBM2 HBM2 HBM3 GDDR5/X GDDR6
GPUs Polaris 10, Polaris 11 Polaris 20, Polaris 21, Vega 10, Vega 11 TBA Navi 10, Navi 11 GP102, GP104, GP106, GP107 GV102, GV104, GV106, GV107
Year 2016 2017 2018 2019 2016-2017 2018
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