AMD simply hosted its annual Analyst Day, the place CEO Dr Lisa Su outlined the corporate’s future plans in nice element. Part of what was shared contains data on the next-generation Ryzen CPUs, RDNA2 primarily based GPUs, and a few data on the fabrication node and even AMD’s server-side merchandise.
For shoppers, there’s loads of fascinating merchandise coming up. AMD’s next-generation processors (codenamed Vermeer) will probably be primarily based on what the corporate calls Zen three structure. It will proceed to make use of the 7nm fabrication course of. The processors are anticipated to be launched this 12 months, with the launch flowing into 2021 for some areas. Next, we lastly have a concrete timeline for Big Navi, or RDNA 2 primarily based graphics playing cards. Dr Su stated that GPUs utilizing the RDNA 2 structure ought to be out by the end of 2020. The firm stated that customers can anticipate not solely 4K gaming with ray tracing utilizing the brand new playing cards but in addition as much as a 50-percent enchancment in energy effectivity.
While information for shopper merchandise was positively fascinating, the server-side of issues is the place AMD is actually taking an enormous leap. Announced in the course of the assembly was Genoa, the following era of EPYC processors primarily based on Zen four cores that will probably be manufactured on the 5nm course of. For server-side operations, the corporate additionally introduced a brand new structure known as CDNA, which focuses extra on compute efficiency than anything. Lastly, AMD can also be taking its Infinity Fabric into its third era and renaming it to Infinity Architecture. The motive for that is easy. Up till now, Infinity Fabric would permit communication between CPU-CPU or GPU-GPU clusters, however with Infinity Architecture, the hyperlink would additionally permit an interconnection between CPU-GPU clusters.
Based on these three new applied sciences, AMD will manufacture the following supercomputer for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The LLNL conducts analysis throughout a number of disciplines, similar to materials science, forensics, explosives and even nuclear fusion. The new supercomputer known as El Capitan will probably be extra highly effective than the present high 200 supercomputers mixed and would be the first to interrupt the 2-exaflop barrier for supercomputers. El Capitan will use all three of the brand new server-side applied sciences introduced in the course of the Financial Analyst Days, that’s, the brand new Zen four primarily based EPYC Genoa processors, the Infinity Architecture interconnect and the Radeon Instinct GPUs.
All of this makes it appear to be AMD is pegged to proceed its assault on Intel’s marketshare, each in shopper and enterprise companies.