The may version of the AMD presentation to investors unexpectedly received a significant change. In the sections of this official document on the plan for the near and medium term, additional information about preparing the next generation CPU architectures and Zen 3 Zen 4, information about future server processors Milan, as well as information about the upcoming introduction of the graphics architecture in Navi applications associated with cloud gaming. Along with this, the company has removed from its plans any mention of the further development of the platforms and HEDT lineup Ryzen Threadripper.
Traditionally, the greatest interest in the official plans of AMD, which the company regularly publishes on its website, causing a slide dedicated to the soon to be announcements of the client processors. In the previous versions of their plans which was published in early March, before the end of this year AMD promised to release the second generation of mobile processors Ryzen Mobile Pro, the third generation desktop Ryzen and third generation Ryzen Threadripper. Now, as the new version of this slide, change of plans. Processors Ryzen Pro Mobile second generation acquired the status of a released product – their announcement actually took place in early April, and the third generation Threadripper Ryzen no longer appears in the number of new products scheduled for release in 2019.
Thus, the only remaining major processor announcement that AMD is going to do during this year is the release of the third generation Ryzen built on the 7-nanometer process technology and architecture of Zen 2. As the estimated time of this event, the company continues to point to the middle of the year. Their faith in the competitiveness of the proposed innovations AMD further reinforces commitments to the end of 2019 to increase the supply of desktops and notebooks based on processors Ryzen, 30% and 50% respectively.
What is a waiver of the issue of new Ryzen Threadripper this year, it is unclear. Processors of this family represent adapted for HEDT platform options server EPYC, while AMD expects to release a Rome processors based on the architecture of Zen 2 during the third quarter of the current year no changes have occurred. Thus, we can only hope that a change of plans for Threadripper is not a complete curtailment of this family and the third generation of HEDT processors AMD all the same will come later, for example, in 2020.
Speaking about their more distant future, AMD have added to the presentation of information about the development of future processor architectures. It is reported that the preparation of 3 Zen processor, the production will use an improved version of 7-nm process technology (7+ nm), is going according to plan, and in addition, currently the company’s engineers are already working on the next generation architecture Zen 4.
The timing of the emergence of consumer processors based on Zen Zen 3 and 4 were not disclosed, but in presentations, dedicated server products, it is argued that EPYC generation Milan, based on Zen 3, will be released in 2020.
As for AMD’s plans in relation to GPUs, there is no significant changes there. This year the company plans to introduce 7-nanometer architecture, Navi, and in 2020 in its place will come an unnamed next-generation architecture, a GPU which will use 7+-nanometer manufacturing technology.
However, it should be noted that in the presentation there is an additional slide dedicated to the applications of GPU for AMD in data centers. In addition to the known accelerators Radeon MI25 Instinct, and MI50 MI60, it is also mentioned promising accelerator based on a 7-nm GPU Navi, which is scheduled for release in the third quarter of this year, and as the target segment for this solution are specified cloud gaming services.
From this we can conclude that the hardware platform for services like Google and Microsoft Project Stadia xCloud AMD is going to start to offer our partners in the very near future.