AMD introduced its first processors based on 7-nm process

Today AMD revealed its plans for the next few years, presenting several new processors and graphics cards.

New GPUs, Radeon and Instinct MI60 MI50 focused on data centers. Graphics processors based on the architecture of the Vega and is built on a 7-nm process at TSMC, focused not so much on graphics, but rather on machine learning, high performance computing and rendering.

AMD представил свои первые процессоры на 7-нм процессе

MI60 will be equipped with 32 GB and MI50 — 16 GB ECC memory HBM2 (memory high resolution second generation), and memory bandwidth — up to 1 TB / s. ECC is also used to protect the entire internal memory within the graphics processors. They will also support PCIe 4.0 (which doubles the data transfer rate of PCIe 3.0) and a direct link GPU-GPU using AMD Infinity Fabric. It will provide throughput up to 200 GB / s (three times more than the PCIe 4) between the four GPUs.

AMD claims that MI60 will be the fastest accelerator with double precision to 7.4 teraflops, and MI50 a bit behind with 6.7 teraflops.

Graphics processors also include built-in support for virtualization, enabling you to reliably distribute one card between multiple virtual machines. This allows operators of cloud computing to offer virtual machines with accelerated graphics cards.

AMD представил свои первые процессоры на 7-нм процессе

By the end of the year MI60 will be shipped to the data centers; MI50 will arrive a little late, but should be available by the end of the first quarter of 2019.

As for CPUs, AMD have talked a lot about the upcoming Zen architecture 2. The goal of the original architecture of Zen lay in the fact that AMD could compete with offerings from Intel. AMD knew that Zen will not be able to gain the upper hand over Intel, but the prices and the features of its chips made them attractive, especially in workloads which revealed some shortcomings of Intel processors. Now Zen 2 promises to be not only competitive with Intel, but to exceed it.

AMD представил свои первые процессоры на 7-нм процессе

The key to this is the 7-nanometer process TSMC, which is twice the density of transistors compared to the 14-nm process that was used in Zen. With the same level of performance capacity is reduced by about 50 percent or, conversely, for the same power consumption, performance increased by about 25 percent. With chips on 7-nanometer process technology AMD will be a real leader.

AMD представил свои первые процессоры на 7-нм процессе

AMD reports that the first processors on the architecture of Zen 2 will appear on the market in 2019. The next generation of processors on Zen 3 that uses the more advanced version of 7-nm process, promised for 2020. Moreover, AMD reports that currently under development is Zen 4.


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