AMD’s latest laptop processors offer an impressive mix of performance and power consumption. But the current-gen AMD Ryzen 4000 “Renoir” series chips are based on the chip maker’s Zen 2 CPU architecture, not the newer Zen 3 architecture that was originally expected to be available this year.
So when is Zen 3 coming? In 2021, according to a leaked product roadmap.
That’s just one of a few new details revealed in a series of leaks over the weekend.
According to tweets from @MebiuW (1)(2) and @patrickschur_, here are some of the things we can expect to see from AMD in the next year or two:
- Early 2021 – AMD Ryzen 5000 “Cezanne” 7nm laptop chips with Zen 3 CPU cores and Vega graphics
- Early 2021 – AMD “Van Gogh” 7nm chips with Zen 2 CPU cores and Navi 2 graphics (for computer vision/machine learning?)
- Mid 2021 – AMD “Warhol” 7nm desktop chips with Zen 3 graphics and PCIe 4 support
- Early 2022 – AMD “Rembrandt” laptop chips with Radeon Navi 2 graphics
- Early 2022 – AMD “Dragon Crest” follow-up to “Van Gogh”
- Mid 2022 – AMD “Raphael” desktop chips
AMD is also planning to update its Ryzen Embedded chips with the introduction of a new V2000 series designed for small computers or appliances such as ATMs, casino game consoles, digital signage, or maybe handheld gaming computers (if models with AMD Ryzen Embedded chips ever ship).
According to @patrickschur_, here are specs for the first of the new Ryzen Embedded V2000 series processors:
|Base/Turbo freq||2.9 GHz /4.15 GHz||1.7 GHz / 4.15 GHz||3 GHz / 3.95 GHz||2.1 GHz / 3.95 GHz|
|GPU freq||1.6 GHz||1.6 GHz||1.5 GHz||1.5 GHz|
|L2 cache||?||?||3 MB||3 MB|
|TDP||35W – 54W||10 – 25W||35 – 54W||10 – 25W|
Keep in mind that AMD hasn’t officially confirmed anything mentioned in this article, so there’s a chance that the leaks could be inaccurate and/or that plans could change before these chips make it to market.
via VideoCardz and wccftech
“nobody’s buying ECC RAM for a gaming laptop”
OK, ECC RAM makes the machine a little slower but if that’s your only computer and you are using it for other tasks too at least I wouldn’t say nobody is buying ECC RAM for their gaming laptop but that’s just my perspective.
’embedded is basically “putting computers in things that aren’t thought of as computers”’
I bet the folks at the site CNX Software – Embedded Systems News would disagree to that strong statement. A site Brad often links to as source.
Otherwise, thanks for your explanation. 🙂
Embedded typically means things like long life cycle (so you can keep your design in production for, say, 10 years), software support specifically for embedded-oriented OSes, and sometimes different feature sets (for instance, nobody’s buying ECC RAM for a gaming laptop, but they’re very much buying it for their cash register or their slot machine). (It’s often the same actual silicon as the laptop chips, but.)
Another way to put it is… embedded is basically “putting computers in things that aren’t thought of as computers”.
Previous comment maybe went to the wrong place. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Sorry about that — I’ve been playing with site caching, and it may have messed up the “reply” option. If you clear your browser cache hopefully replies will start working again.
Thanks, Brad. I can assure you I oftentimes feel similarly lost between these marketing terms too.
What does embedded even mean in this context? I clicked and expected to read about ultra low power CPUs with power consumption in the 6 W range intended for fanless systems.
Basically it’s AMD’s system-on-a-chip for “application-specific solutions.”
Embedded doesn’t always mean low-power. Sometime it just means that the CPU, memory, I/O and everything else needed to control some sort of larger device is all in a single component designed to be embedded in that device.
I have a hard time wrapping my head around the difference between “embedded” and “laptop” chips sometimes too, because those laptop processors tend to be inseparable from the motherboard. But at the very least it’s a marketing term for a different family of chips.
The current gen 4000 series mobile and 3000 series desktop processors are Zen 2. Zen 3 is the upcoming architecture that will be used in 5000 series mobile and 4000 series desktop cpus.
Whoops, you’re right. I updated the article to reflect that Zen 3 has yet to ship.
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