At the investors’ presentation earlier this month, AMD shared the future roadmap of the company’s plans in both the CPU and GPU space. Turns out RTG will finally be ditching the GCN GPU architecture and moving onto the next-gen Arcturus design based on TSMC’s 7nm+ chips in 2020. As for Zen, the third generation is taped and on track for production while Zen 4 is currently being worked on.
We’ve already seen the Radeon VII based on the Vega 7nm chip and Navi is slated for launch in the third quarter of 2019. The successor to Navi hasn’t officially been named and is just given the “next-gen” name-tag, but according to the rumor mill, it’ll be codenamed Arcturus. It is expected to land in 2020 by the third quarter and we should see shipments soon afterward.
There weren’t many details about the CPU roadmap, just the bare minimum. Zen 3 has been developed and is on track for production based on TSMC’s 7nm+ design, possibly launching in 2021. The next part of the puzzle, Zen 4 ought to leverage TSMC’s 6/5nm EUV process that the company has been lately talking about. Other than that, the rest is pretty much a mystery.
There were a few details that were shared regarding the Zen 2 based Epyc CPUs for Data Centers. As per AMD’s slides, the 64 Core/128 Thread “Rome” processor will work with the present Zen+ sockets and offer twice as much performance per socket, compared to the Zen+ Epyc chips. The floating point performance is expected to increase by 4 times per socket compared to the present gen. Like the Navi GPUs, the 7nm Epyc processors are planned for a Q3 2019 launch after the desktop class Ryzen 3000 processors.
AMD is also making forays into the Data Center GPU market with the MI25, MI50, and 60 HPC accelerators. The top-end Radeon Instinct MI60 packs a 7nm Vega GPU (yes, similar to the Radeon VII) that offers 59 TOPS of INT8 performance for AI-based Inference Workloads. There’s also mention of the Cloud Gaming segment based on Navi with an expected launch alongside the new GPUs in Q3. This is most likely referring to the Google Stadia streaming service that will also use Zen 2 cores and a Navi GPU.