Motherboard manufacturers claim the new 12nm Ryzen will arrive in February 2018
Motherboard manufacturers speaking to DigiTimes, have revealed that AMD has apparently notified their partners to expect the 12 nm version of Ryzen to be launched in February of 2018. These processors are currently given the codenames Pinnacle 7, Pinnacle 5, and Pinnacle 3, which likely correspond to Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5, and Ryzen 3 respectively.
From what we already know, these are likely to be Zen+ rather than Zen 2 designs. Zen is 14 nm, Zen+ is 12 nm, and Zen 2 is 7 nm. Edit for clarity: This 12 nm version is a revision of the Zen microarchitecture, rather than Zen 2, which AMD has already revealed uses a 7 nm design.
Low-powered versions will arrive in April, but it is unclear if this wording is used in relation to mobile chips (such as AMD’s version of Intel’s ULV processors), or if it is used in relation to desktop CPUs. An enterprise-level Pinnacle Pro will be launched in May, and this may refer to a Threadripper refresh, or it might be a new product line.
A 400-series motherboard chipset will accompany these CPUs, but with a rumored release date of March 2018, this indicates that the AMD launch in February might just be an announcement followed by a delay until products are ready for purchase.
AMD reported a 19 percent growth in revenue for the second quarter of 2017, and they predict a third-quarter increase of another 23 percent over the second quarter. This growth is being attributed to the popularity of Ryzen, in addition to sustained orders of APUs (SoC) for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. AMD anticipates that their products will account for 30 percent of the desktop CPU market revenue at some point during the first half of 2018.
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