AMD launched its first low-power processors based on ARM architecture in 2014. Those chips were designed for servers rather than consumer devices like tablets and notebooks. But if a product roadmap leaked at German site Planet3DNow is accurate, it looks like AMD is getting ready to launch its first ARM-based chips for mobile devices this year.
The roadmap also outlines plans for upcoming x86 chips for higher-performance mobile devices.
Earlier this year AMD announced that it’s “Carrizo” processors would ship in the first half of 2015. These are 28nm processors that offer up to 4 CPU cores, the latest AMD graphics, and consume between 15W and 35W of power.
The roadmap also says that lower-power “Carizzo-L” chips are on the way which will consume between 10W and 15W of power and use up to 4 “Puma+” CPU cores instead of the “Excavator” cores used by the more powerful chips.
And then there’s “Amur.” These 20nm chips use up to 4 ARM Cortex-A57 64-bit processor cores, feature AMD GCN (Graphics Core Next) graphics, and consume about 2 watts of power.
AMD describes Amur as an “ultra-low power” processor, which suggests it’s designed for tablets and other compact systems where you might not want a chip that consumers a lot of energy and produces a lot of heat. Maybe AMD has its own answer to the Intel Compute Stick in the works?
The Roadmap also looks ahead to 2016, when AMD plans to launch a series of 14nm processors:
- 15W – 35W “Bristol Ridge” processors with up to four “Zen” CPU cores
- 5W – 15W “Basilisk” processors with up to two “Zen” cores
- 2W “Styx” with up to two “K12” custom ARM-based processors
Each of the chips slated for launch in 2016 will feature next-gen GCN graphics.
via CPU World