The chip developer has detailed plans for the next five years - and APU chips are the key component, after all
We all know already that the Sunnyvale chip developer is currently working hard on Completing a new and advanced video card, And the development of A completely new architecture for general processing cores Under the code name Zen / K12, but what will happen next? As part of a computerization conference for Japanese servers, View The people of AMD Some very interesting slides that shed light on the company's long-term plans.
First and foremost, it seems that the overall strategy of AMD You'll be pretty much the same as Intel - with a significant technology upgrade to its processor technology every two years (though not necessarily with the leap into a new production process every time, like at Chipzilla), and at the same time launching a new graphics core every two years on and off. In addition, atAMD Have approved plans for a future transition to virtual cores, similar to Hyper-Threading Intel, Instead of the company's current module system that integrates two whole-number processing units together with a single floating-point processing unit.
The highlight for 2015, according to the slides, will be the launch of the Toronto processors to the servers, with The quaternary Excavator cores number in the bulldozer family. These processors are parallel To the Carrizo family Which is supposed to reach our laptops and desktops as well during this year.
2016 will give us new generation graphics cores, Allegedly under the code name Greenland - which may indicate that the Fiji core on which the cards are basedRadeon R9 390 / 390X has an architecture similar to the current core of Hawaii, plus some upgrades (something like the jump fromMaxwell 1.0-to-Maxwell 2.0 at NVIDIA?), And of course along with Memories The three-dimensional HBM in question.
The 2017 year is expected to bring another big leap in AMD's super program, with the launch of dedicated graphics core (APU) chips for servers - capable of integrating The cores of the future Zen architecture And the built-in graphics core to get optimal performance in any single product situation, probably Thanks to AMD's HSA technology. Based on the fact thatAMD Plans to introduce APU products even in the high-performance computing world - you can be sure that their continued existence in the home market is certain, and all programs are designed to helpAMD To maximize its technological advantage in everything related to graphics core, in any product and in any configuration.
2018 will bring with it architecture Another new to graphical cores (this time in 10 nm lithography?), And for dessert in 2019, the company's APU chips look ripened to a state where they can offer "a few" trillions of point operations per second exactly double 64 bit - and actually pose real competition for arrays We are now familiar with the high-performance processing world, in which there are clusters with a large number of general-purpose CPUs alongside a large number of floating-point computing units (graphics processors).
To summarize and try to match the information obtained to the average home user - AMD seems to have total confidence in the current righteousness of its way, believing that its long-standing investment in the APU chips could be reflected in all markets and all its products down the road, With hybrid processing technology Dish and when you make some repairs to the lane (like reverting to "traditional" processing kernel architecture with the Zen, instead of the unique Bulldozer architecture Which did not really prove itself). So if you were hoping to see back to theAthlon The good and innocent 64 - sorry, it's probably not going to happen.